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ShowTalk: Spotlight on Medea

Alexandra Deshorties in the title role of Medea.

Alexandra Deshorties in the title role of Medea.

The artists on the stage of the Alice Busch Opera Theater get the lion’s share of attention each summer, but some of the most distinguished guests of our 2011 festival appear in more intimate venues. Our “ShowTalk” series gives a new name to a long-standing Glimmerglass tradition: for many years, we have invited visiting scholars and artists to share their insights on topics related to the season. Last Saturday, in a morning devoted to American art and artists, we heard from Carol Troyen, Curator Emerita of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a noted expert on the works of Edward Hopper; Terrence McNally, award-winning playwright and librettist; and Arthur and Barbara Gelb, authors of O’Neill: Life with Monte Cristo (2002), a definitive life of the playwright.

This Saturday, we’ll be joined by classicist Gregory Nagy and musicologist Peter Bloom to discuss Medea. The morning will also feature live performance of excerpts from the play by Euripides and the opera by Cherubini. The August 6 ShowTalk takes place from 10:00 – 12:00 in the Thaw Pavilion, on the Glimmerglass Festival campus. The price is only $10 ($5 for youth under 18).

We hope to see you there!

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