A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records

Thursday, December 4, 2014

MIDSUMMER review from CVNC

CVNC is not a drug store chain. It is a group of critics that has been reviewing classical music in North Carolina since around 2001. I remember one their number, John Lambert, very fondly as he covered performances I did at Triangle Opera Theater and even before that at Duke. The review is very thorough, clearly not dealing with the limitations of print word count.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

New Project in Savannah

A few days ago, the Savannah Voice Festival officially announced that I'm writing a new opera for them. It's going to be about early Savannah history--namely Alice Riley and the first murder in the new colony. Alice's ghost has been seen around Wright square, where she was hung in the 1730s. With its beautiful location and delicious food, it's going to be a hardship assignment. 

Strangely enough, when we first looked at Wright Square, a fellow approached us with his version of the Alice Riley story. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Speed Dating Tonight! in San Marcos, TX

This is a lovely looking set from a recent production of SPEED DATING TONIGHT! at Texas State University produced and directed by Sam Mungo.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Speed Dating Tonight! goes to Seattle

SDT! goes to Seattle. 
Directed and produced by tenor Robert McPherson. 
It plays in Seattle September 17-21. 
The details are here. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Speed Dating Tonight! plays Philly

Best wishes to Poor Richard's Opera on their production of SPEED DATING TONIGHT! which plays tonight and next week at two different bars in Philadelphia part of the Philly fringe. Lots of detail here. It is the first production to play in actual bars. Another production on the west coast to announce shortly.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MIDSUMMER recording is out!

I will post reviews and blogs about it--good, bad, and indifferent. The first two have been great, from Frank Oteri at NewMusicBox and Iowa Public Radio's Barney Sherman. I made a little tour of the first of the two CD set over at SoundCloud.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella about to be released on Albany Records

The official release date is August 12th. Here's a sampler of excerpts on Soundcloud. It has selections performed by Kent Fleshman, Kristin Vienneau, Jeremiah Johnson, Emily Bodkin, Heather Jenkins, John Dooley, Charles Ponder, and Jennifer Goode Cooper.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Speed Dating Tonight! in Pittsburgh

It was a pleasure to run down to Pittsburgh to see Microscopic Opera's clever and fun production of SPEED DATING TONIGHT! They produced the show in the garden of a private home and all the audience members were given dating numbers and rotating table numbers as they came in. Cast members mingled with the crowd prior to the show so it was hard to tell who was performing and who was coming to watch. The new orchestration (clarinet/flute, vibraphone/percussion, piano, bass) worked well. 

Up til now, productions have been in traditional theaters or recital halls. But this fall, Poor Richard's Opera will put the show on in a couple of bars in Philadelphia. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

TOSCA in Buffalo

TOSCA is coming up in Buffalo at Nickel City Opera. It is such a pleasure to revisit Puccini's robust and complex score.