“Porgy and Bess” at 75 Years: An Interview with Gershwin Biographer Walter Rimler, Part I

William: 75 years ago this fall, “Porgy and Bess” had its premiere. The following interview for operawarhorses.com is with Gershwin biographer Walter Rimler. * * * * * Wm: 2010 is the 75th anniversary year for George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess”. You are the author of a major recent biography of the composer, George … Read more

Review: 21st Century Verdi – Hvorostovsky, Ciofi, Kim, Aceto in McVicar’s Illuminating “Rigoletto” – Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, October 11, 2010

[Note from William: This is the first in the series of four reports I am posting on performances I attended in Great Britain and France in early October 2010, that include a smashing new production; the British premiere run of a production that originated in the United States; and two famous productions of the past … Read more

Review: Copley Directs, Luisotti Conducts, Sparkling “Nozze” Ensemble – San Francisco Opera, October 3, 2010

The Copley Experience Of the many delights that must be cited for San Francisco Opera’s current production of “The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)”, the direction of British opera director John Copley is appropriately listed first. Copley’s staging for four revivals of this production, originally created by Sonja Frisell in 1982 for Hermann … Read more

Review: Audience Ovation for Domingo, Castronovo in Catan’s “Postino” – Los Angeles Opera, September 29, 2010

Mexican-born composer Daniel Catan, who is a resident of Los Angeles and a champion of operas in the Spanish language, has composed a new opera, “Il Postino”, that opened the Los Angeles Opera’s 2010-11 season. The new work advances both Catan’s personal reputation and the cause of Spanish-language opera. The subject suggests several themes – … Read more