Review: Ryan McKinny Excels as “Doctor Atomic’s” Oppenheimer – Santa Fe Opera, July 27, 2018

The Santa Fe Opera commissioned a new production of Adams’ 2005 opera “Doctor Atomic”, securing an impressive cast and conductor and engaging the opera’s librettist Peter Sellars as stage director. The opera, created for another company 13 years prior, was re-purposed for Santa Fe, for Northern New Mexico and for the indigenous populations who inhabit … Read more

Rising Stars – Interview with Baritone Joshua Hopkins

The following interview was conducted with the much-appreciated facilitation of the Santa Fe Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.   [Below: Baritone Joshua Hopkins; edited image, based on a Simon Pauly photograph.] Wm: I ask my interviewees their earliest memories of music and of opera. What were yours? JH: My parents didn’t listen to classical music, but … Read more

Review: Santa Fe Opera’s Delightful “Italian Girl in Algiers” – July 25, 2018

For the first time since 2002, the Santa Fe Opera is presenting its popular production “The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’Italiana in Algeri”). The company has enlisted a young and talented cast of artists who display mastery of the florid style of singing associated with the opera’s 19th century Italian composer, Gioacchino Rossini. In its production Isabella … Read more

Review: Glimmerglass Festival’s “Silent Night”, Profoundly Moving Content, Stylishly Performed, July 22, 2018

The 2018 Glimmerglass Festival mainstage offerings include 19th and 20th century works of Rossini, Janacek and Bernstein, and Kevin Puts’ 2011 opera “Silent Night”, with libretto by Mark Campbell. “Silent Night” proved to be a dramatically impactful, emotionally absorbing work, in a powerful production created by Israeli-born director Tomer Zvulun. Glimmerglass became the 14th opera … Read more