The Graduate Vocal Arts Program at The Bard College Conservatory of Music is a unique master of music program in vocal performance. Conceived, designed and led by renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw.
The Fisher Center at Bard College is presenting two one-act operas performed by the Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts program singers on March 14 and 16th. One of the operas, Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger, is a world premiere, and the other is Benjamin Britten’s beloved The Turn of the Screw.
Ars Choralis will present the new opera, Miracle in Bethlehem, for its annual “Welcome Yule” concert on Dec. 7th and 8th at the Overlook Methodist Church in Woodstock. The opera is composed by Ars Choralis Artistic Director, Barbara Pickhardt with lyrics by Johanna Hall.
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.
Johanna Hall’s 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 Miracle in Bethlehem.
On Monday evening August 5th, Maureen O'Flynn and John Cheek - leading singers from the Metropolitan opera - will be among the performers in the return performance of the new opera Pearl, which is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter from the viewpoint of the daughter of Hester Prynne – now with new music and a new ending.
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, The Scarlet Letter, which was commissioned and produced by Shakespeare & Company in 2002.
Joining this morning, Librettist Carol Gilligan, Music Director and Producer Sara Jobin and soprano Maureen Flynn.
Bard SummerScape 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."
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 Oresteia, 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.
Thaddeus and SummerScape Opera producer, Susanna Meyer join us to tell us more.
Carin Gilfry and Alex Lawrence met in 2011 as Young Artists with the Glimmerglass Festival 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.
Alex is singing the role of Belfiore in Verdi's King for a Day at Glimmerglass this summer and during the year he has a contract with the Zurich Opera in Switzerland.
Carin recently performed in La Perichole with New York City Opera, and covered in Le Nozze di Figaro in Los Angeles.
The couple joins us now to talk about life as married opera singers and about The Glimmerglass Festival.
The Boston Early Music Festival (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.
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.
Three-time Grammy-nominated Artistic Co-Director Paul O’Dette joins us.
BY Experience kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over 17 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally.
Their broadcasts include - The Met: Live in HD series, the U.K.’s National Theatre Live series, the public radio shows This American Life – Live! with Ira Glass, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and the upcoming broadcast of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me; the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I’m With You, The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax and much more! BY Experience distributes to over 60 countries, to 2,000 movie screens - including many in the WAMC listening area.
Their newest project is EXHIBITION: Great Art On Screen - The eagerly awaited exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Manet: Portraying Life premiers in cinemas worldwide today.
BY Experience was founded and is run by Julie and Robert Borchard-Young. Julie joins us to tell us more.
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.
“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.
The Hubbard Hall Opera Theater was launched in 2008. The company’s latest production is Mozart’s beloved “The Magic Flute,” 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’s Artistic Director – Alix Jones.