opera http://wamc.org en Britten And Jaeger - Two One-Act Operas At The Bard Fisher Center http://wamc.org/post/britten-and-jaeger-two-one-act-operas-bard-fisher-center <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Graduate Vocal Arts Program at </span><a href="http://www.bard.edu/conservatory/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bard College Conservatory of Music</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a unique master of music program in vocal performance. Conceived, designed and led by renowned American soprano Dawn </span>Upshaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.fishercenter.bard.edu">The Fisher Center</a> at Bard College is presenting <a href="http://www.fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=122592">two one-act operas</a> performed by the Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts program singers on March 14 and 16th.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the operas, <em>Payne Hollow</em> by <a href="http://www.shawnjaeger.com/">Shawn Jaeger</a>, is a world premiere, and the other is Benjamin Britten’s beloved <em>The Turn of the Screw</em>.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85655 at http://wamc.org Britten And Jaeger - Two One-Act Operas At The Bard Fisher Center Ars Choralis Presents A New Opera "Miracle In Bethlehem" http://wamc.org/post/ars-choralis-presents-new-opera-miracle-bethlehem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.arschoralis.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ars Choralis </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will present the new opera, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Miracle in Bethlehem</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, for its annual “Welcome Yule” concert on Dec. </span>7th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>8th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the Overlook Methodist Church in Woodstock. The opera is composed by </span>Ars<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Choralis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Artistic Director, Barbara </span>Pickhardt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with lyrics by Johanna Hall.</span></p><p>The two-act opera features 40 choir members, 13 soloists and an instrumental ensemble that includes piano, cello, violin, horns and flutes and – as one might guess from the title – tells the story of the nativity.</p><p><a href="http://www.johannahall.us/">Johanna Hall’s</a> songwriting career began in 1970 and her songs have been recorded by Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, The Doobie Brothers – and many others. She joins us to talk about <em>Miracle in Bethlehem</em>.</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79025 at http://wamc.org Ars Choralis Presents A New Opera "Miracle In Bethlehem" Pearl: An Opera in Development Benefit Performance Shakespeare and Company http://wamc.org/post/pearl-opera-development-benefit-performance-shakespeare-and-company <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday evening August </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Maureen </span>O'Flynn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and John Cheek - leading singers from the Metropolitan opera - will be among the performers in the return performance of the new opera </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pearlopera" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Pearl</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter from the viewpoint of the daughter of Hester </span>Prynne<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – now with new music and a new ending.</span></p><p>The project was initiated by the conductor Sara Jobin, a Berkshire resident and the first woman to conduct the San Francisco Opera, the composer is Amy Scurria and the libretto, written by Carol Gilligan and her son Jonathan Gilligan, based on her play, <em>The Scarlet Letter</em>, which was commissioned and produced by <a href="http://www.shakespeare.org/pearl/">Shakespeare &amp; Company</a> in 2002.</p><p>Joining this morning, Librettist Carol Gilligan, Music Director and Producer Sara Jobin and soprano Maureen Flynn.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 70405 at http://wamc.org Pearl: An Opera in Development Benefit Performance Shakespeare and Company Taneyev's "Oresteia" at Bard SummerScape http://wamc.org/post/taneyevs-oresteia-bard-summerscape <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/2013/">Bard SummerScape</a> 2013 presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. This summer Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, presents their 24th annual Bard Music Festival with the theme "Stravinsky and His World."</p><p>A major highlight of the season, however, isn't by Stravinsky but is instead by Sergey Taneyev - a composer Stravinsky admired. Thaddeus Strassberger returns to SummerScape to direct <em>Oresteia</em>, with The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein. Performances begin at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 26th.</p><p>Thaddeus and SummerScape Opera producer, Susanna Meyer join us to tell us more.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 69829 at http://wamc.org Taneyev's "Oresteia" at Bard SummerScape Carin Gilfry and Alex Lawrence http://wamc.org/post/carin-gilfry-and-alex-lawrence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.caringilfry.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Carin Gilfry</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://www.alexlawrencebaritone.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Alex Lawrence</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> met in 2011 as Young Artists with the </span><a href="http://www.glimmerglass.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Glimmerglass Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Cooperstown, NY. The mezzo-soprano and baritone fell in love, were married, and now get to balance those facts with their very busy and far-flung opera careers.</span></p><p>Alex is singing the role of Belfiore in Verdi's <i>King for a Day</i>&nbsp;at Glimmerglass this summer and during the year he has a contract with the Zurich Opera in Switzerland.</p><p>Carin recently performed in <em>La Perichole</em> with New York City Opera, and covered in <em>Le Nozze di Figaro</em> in Los Angeles.</p><p>The couple joins us now to talk about life as married opera singers and about The Glimmerglass Festival.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68875 at http://wamc.org Carin Gilfry and Alex Lawrence Boston Early Music Festival http://wamc.org/post/boston-early-music-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.bemf.org">The Boston Early Music Festival</a> (BEMF) will return to the Berkshires this summer with Almira, the first opera by the celebrated and beloved Baroque composer, George Frideric Handel in its first modern-day historically conceived production.</p><p>BEMF will offer three fully-staged performances of the production at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at 7pm, and Sunday, June 23 at 2:30pm; all performances will be sung in German with English supertitles.</p><p>Three-time Grammy-nominated Artistic Co-Director Paul O’Dette joins us.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 67540 at http://wamc.org Boston Early Music Festival BY Experience: Pioneers of Global Live Cinema Events http://wamc.org/post/experience-pioneers-global-live-cinema-events <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.byexperience.net">BY Experience</a> kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 <em>Reality</em> album launch and since then, over 17 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Their broadcasts include - <em>The Met: Live in HD</em> series, the U.K.’s <em>National Theatre Live</em> series, the public radio shows <em>This American Life – Live!</em> with Ira Glass, <em>A Prairie Home Companion</em> with Garrison Keillor, and the upcoming broadcast of <em>Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me</em>; the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of <em>The Importance of Being Earnest</em>, <em>Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I’m With You</em>, <em>The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax</em> and much more! BY Experience distributes to over 60 countries, to 2,000 movie screens - including many in the WAMC listening area.</p><p>Their newest project is <a href="http://www.exhibitiononscreen.com">EXHIBITION: Great Art On Screen</a> - The eagerly awaited exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, <em>Manet: Portraying Life</em> premiers in cinemas worldwide today.</p><p>BY Experience was founded and is run by Julie and Robert Borchard-Young. Julie joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 61985 at http://wamc.org BY Experience: Pioneers of Global Live Cinema Events Maureen O'Flynn's Cabaret Benefit for Riverbrook's Education and Training Programs http://wamc.org/post/maureen-oflynns-cabaret-benefit-riverbrooks-education-and-training-programs <p>Internationally acclaimed singer/actor/performer Maureen O’Flynn – a native of the Berkshires – will perform her brilliantly reviewed cabaret show on Saturday afternoon, September 22, to benefit Riverbrook’s Education and Training Programs.</p><p>“At the Crossroads”, according to O’Flynn, is a semi-autobiographical collection from the American songbook, highlighting composers including Sondheim, Porter, Strouse and Weil. She is accompanied by pianist, music director and arranger Don Rebic.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 48413 at http://wamc.org Maureen O'Flynn's Cabaret Benefit for Riverbrook's Education and Training Programs Hubbard Hall Opera Theater - "The Magic Flute" http://wamc.org/post/hubbard-hall-opera-theater-magic-flute <p><a href="http://www.hubbardhall.org/opera/">The Hubbard Hall Opera Theater</a> was launched in 2008. The company&rsquo;s latest production is Mozart&rsquo;s beloved &ldquo;The Magic Flute,&rdquo; running for five more performances through August 19th. The singing is in German (with supertitles), the spoken dialogue in English. Kelly Crandell conducts the 19-piece orchestra and Paul Houghtaling, who joins us this morning, directs the production. We are also joined by the Company&rsquo;s Artistic Director &ndash; Alix Jones.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:45:07 +0000 Joe Donahue 45245 at http://wamc.org 2012 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice http://wamc.org/post/2012-phoenicia-international-festival-voice <p>On August 2nd&ndash;5th, <a href="http://www.phoeniciavoicefest.org/">The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice</a>, transforms Phoenicia into a hub of the vocal arts. We are joined by Kerry Henderson and Louis Otey, two of the three (Maria Todaro is the third) founders of the fest.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:35:07 +0000 Joe Donahue 44299 at http://wamc.org 2012 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice