opera http://wamc.org en Stephen Gottlieb: Madame Butterfly http://wamc.org/post/stephen-gottlieb-madame-butterfly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>I’ve been away for a week while conflict heated up in the Middle East. But all week I’ve been thinking about a different form of grief, death and cultural conflict.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:52:00 +0000 Stephen Gottlieb 94915 at http://wamc.org Tanglewood - Renée Fleming http://wamc.org/post/tanglewood-ren-e-fleming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is loved for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. At a White House ceremony last July, the President awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist.</p><p>Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS.</p><p>She will be performing at the <a href="http://www.tanglewood.org">Tanglewood</a> opener on Saturday night and later this month, she will stay in the Berkshires to perform her first role in a play. She will make her debut at the <a href="http://www.wtfestival.org">Williamstown Theatre Festival</a> in <em>Living on Love</em>, playing an opera diva at odds with her husband over the people they’ve hired to ghostwrite their autobiographies. It runs July 16 through 26th.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:50:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 94063 at http://wamc.org Tanglewood - Renée Fleming "Roscoe" A New Opera Based On The Work Of William Kennedy http://wamc.org/post/roscoe-new-opera-based-work-william-kennedy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Act one of award-winning opera composer Evan Mack's new work <em>Roscoe</em> will be part of <a href="http://www.operasaratoga.org">Opera Saratoga's</a> 2014 summer festival. The opera is based on the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winning author, <a href="http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/wjkennedybio.html#.U4dPUHJdWSo">William Kennedy</a>.</p><p>The 80 minute concert performance will give Saratoga audiences a first look at this brand new piece at The Arthur Zankel Music Center at <a href="http://www.skidmore.edu">Skidmore College</a> on June 8th at 2pm.</p><p>Composer Evan Mack joins us along with Opera Saratoga's General Director, Curtis Tucker.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 91529 at http://wamc.org "Roscoe" A New Opera Based On The Work Of William Kennedy 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