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Glimmerglass Brings “The Music Man” to Oman

Come October, The Glimmerglass Festival brings its acclaimed production of The Music Man to Oman, a country located on the Arab peninsula between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.  The recently-established Royal Opera House in Muscat, the capital city, will … Continue reading

Verdi’s Contemporaries at the Keyboard

Giuseppe Verdi enjoyed one of the longest careers of any composer of the nineteenth century, lasting from the premiere of his Oberto in 1839 to his death in 1901. The length of his career made him a contemporary of nearly … Continue reading

Saturday ShowTalk: Egyptian Tombs and a Radio Play

At this point, I’m not spilling any secrets when I write that our 2012 AIDA production has neither pachyderms nor pyramids. I don’t much mind that these expected elements don’t appear onstage: I know I can enjoy Elizabeth Schoonmaker’s spectacular … Continue reading

From Lucia to Marian Paroo

Not-so-gently informed by my chorus teacher that Josh Groban is NOT an opera singer (how I would school my 14-year-old self now!), I’m on a mission to discover what real opera is. Despite my family’s proximity to New York City … Continue reading

Mezzo and Mentor

The rural hush of Cherry Valley has been displaced, not by summer storms, but by the thundering and formidable voice of mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick. An internationally renowned opera star and a dedicated pedagogue, Zajick is teaching a series of master … Continue reading

Eckstine by Owens

  On Friday, July 27, the majesty and grandeur of the Alice Busch Opera Theater was transformed by the intimacy and casual elegance of the music of Billy Eckstine, sung by 2012 Artist in Residence Eric Owens. Just hours before … Continue reading