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Archive for October 16, 2013

Questions about Verdi by Bill McGlaughlin

Bill McGlaughlin

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, we posed seven questions about the composer to various people (for Bill McGlaughlin, it was actually nine questions). Having differing opinions about the composer, we hope, will add dimension to one’s understanding of the Italian master

Are Opera Directors Trying Too Hard?

Unicorn Theatre production of Handel's "Semele"

[Impromptu Thursday at 1:00PM] In the opera world, a 300-year-old score is sacred, while the staging and costumery are not. Directors are trying everything from beach attire to outer space for Baroque opera. It goes against larger trends in which a period piece, as in Downton Abbey, or Lincoln is so successful. What’s less common—dare we say unconventional