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

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lauretta from dress rehearsal of Schicchi


This is a bit Sara Duchovnay's "O mio babbino caro" from GIANNI SCHICCHI. By posing life-ending grief, Lauretta manipulates her father, Gianni Schicchi, into helping the Donati family with the problem of Uncle Buoso's unfavorably written will, which will leave her unable to marry Rinnuccio. 

We've had a lovely run at OperaDelaware of GIANNI SCHICCHI and BUOSO'S GHOST and gotten some good reviews from Broadstreet Review and the Cultural Critic


Friday, April 27, 2018

Conductors in karts getting cookies, Episode 3

One of the pleasures of working at OperaDelaware has been getting to know their regular maestro, Anthony Barrese. A meticulous and tireless artist, he has done a great service to the field by creating a large body of orchestral reductions. He is also a fellow composer. One of his favorite pastimes is go carts, something that was completely new to me. He has started a video podcast of interviewing conductors and taking them go carting.

You can watch the entire interview below, or here he samples my cart drive with my piano concerto as background.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

And Beyond: Black license plates in Delaware

  

    

   

I've previously shared some local stuff from the road such as the lawn jockeys in Saratoga, NY, and the signs in Amarillo. Out on the road in Delaware, they have allowed folks to keep their older black license plates. Here's a sample of them. Apparently there is some prestige in having one of these old plates. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Buoso's Ghost at OperaDelaware


Having a great time preparing GIANNI SCHICCHI and BUOSO'S GHOST at OperaDelaware

Here's a little video of a rehearsal of the opening duet with Sara Duchovnay and Kirk Dougherty.




I've got some comments about this duet posted with E.C. Schirmer here.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Musical/Opera... Do I care? No!


The headline publicizing an upcoming production of SpDT! at Kansas State in the Salina post says:


Is it an opera? A musical? Personally I don't care as long as it's out there getting performed.

Friday, February 16, 2018

FINALE from ANNA HUNTER



For my second opera  at Savannah Voice  Festival, Maria Zouves asked if I might try to incorporate  a fugue  into the finale. This is a video from the premiere at the historic Davenport House Museum. The subject is "Sometimes  you need a little knock on the head to move forward." There are  playful  references to Beethoven and to my previous opera for SVF,  ALICE RYLEY. The two  operas will  eventually be done together, so it makes sense to bring the first opera back around.

Friday, February 9, 2018

New project



This is a demo for a new project, a one act opera about Grant Wood for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Wood's study of Northern Renaissance art changed his style to the one we recognize today.

spoken: Munich, 1928. While working on my stained glass window for the Veterans Memorial in Cedar Rapids, I continue my study of Northern Renaissance art. One of the paintings I find most striking is Van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Wedding.”
sung: Endlessly fascinating
Brilliantly detailed
I can look for hours and still miss things
The oranges, the chandelier.
The bed, the mirror, the dog, the shoes,
The state of the woman. Spoken Is she pregnant?
Sung: The hand of her husband 

imitating the gesture, spoken What’s it mean?
Sung: It’s a riddle hidden in plain sight.
What do they symbolize, what do they mean?
And how brazen to sign your name right there

In the center of the painting
Spoken: “Jan van Eyck was here, 1434.”
Sung: Cryptic, inscrutable

Manifold glories
Like revelations,
Stories within stories
Like revelations,
Stories within stories.
Stories within stories….
Stories within stories…
Stories within stories…
Ah! Stories within stories within stories...
Then it is almost as if the painting pushes him away.  And rather than being hurt by that, he understands.
It draws you in all the more
It draws you in all the more.
All that time in Paris
But I never found you there.
Very briefly, American Gothic is superimposed on it. Blackout


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

And Beyond

A totally puzzling exercise in product naming in my hotel room...