Review: Benjamin Bernheim Leads Superb “Faust” Cast – Lyric Opera of Chicago, March 12, 2018

French tenor Benjamin Bernheim American operatic debut – performing the role of Faust – took place at Lyric Opera on March 3, 2018. Nine days later, in a performance I attended, Bernheim led the admirable cast assembled for Gounod’s best-known opera. Benjamin Bernheim’s Faust In Kevin Newbury’s absorbing new production that was filled with eccentricities, … Read more

“Opera Acting Without Music” – A Conversation with Alek Shrader

The following conversation with Alek Shrader was conducted with the cooperation of the Seattle Opera, whose facilitation of the conversation is deeply appreciated.   [Below: Alek Shrader as Jupiter in the Seattle Opera production of Handel’s “Semele”; edited image, of a YouTube performance.] Wm: Hi Alek. It’s been almost three years since I interviewed you in Santa … Read more