Review: Greer Grimsley Stars in Christopher Alden’s Staging of “Sweeney Todd” – Glimmerglass Festival, August 4, 2016

For six seasons the Glimmerglass Festival has devoted one of its four component operas to musical theater. The selection for 2016 was arguably the most ambitious, Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. Greer Grimsley’s Sweeney Todd Louisiana bass-baritone Greer Grimsley’s dramatic skills and power voice make him one of the most sought after of … Read more

Santa Fe Opera’s Sheriff of the Golden West: A Conversation with Mark Delavan

The following conversation took place with the facilitation of the Santa Fe Opera, in conjunction with Mark Delavan’s appearances as Sheriff Jack Rance in Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West [La Fanciulla del West]”. [Below: Mark Delavan as Jack Rance in Richard Jones’ 2016 Santa Fe Opera production of Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West”.]   Wm: You play … Read more

Santa Fe Opera’s Girl of the Golden West: An Interview with Patricia Racette

The following interview took place with the facilitation of the Santa Fe Opera, in conjunction with Patricia Racette’s appearances as Minnie in Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West”.   [Below: Minnie (Patricia Racette, center) stands among the regular ragazzi at her Polka Dot Saloon in Richard Jones’ 2016 Santa Fe Opera production of Puccini’s ‘The Girl of the Golden … Read more

Review: An Elegant Production of Barber’s “Vanessa” at Santa Fe Opera, July 30, 2016

Santa Fe Opera’s General Director Charles MacKay commissioned a new production of one of his favorite operas, Barber’s “Vanessa”, which originally premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1958. West Virginia Director James Robinson created the production and his frequent collaborator Pennsylvania designer Allan Moyer created the sets and Wisconsin designer James Schuette the costumes. [Below: Allan Moyer’s basic set … Read more