John Keats writes in his beautiful Ode to Autumn about “Seasons of mellow fruitfulness,” and composer Daniel Steven Crafts and I are excited to say that this fall has yielded not only a May 2017 performance date for choral excerpts from our opera Adonais in Santa Fe, but now also, (we hope as we try to firm up schedules), the opportunity to have two of today’s brightest young opera talents, tenor Brian Cheney and mezzo-soprano Deborah Dmanski, record arias and scenes from the work with piano accompaniment. The target date is late November or December 2016 in New York. So stay tuned and check out the details on the OTHER PROJECTS page.
Then, too, the first Theatre Miniature video featuring Curt Dale Clark appeared on October 22, 2016 in Broadway World and was received with much positive attention. I film the second next week: a profile of director Brian P. Allen.
And finally, Scene 4 published my colorful profile of Broadway singer and actor Nat Chandler! So, if you haven’t already check these out! It has been a productive fall!
Among my last month’s published features are a story about Maine State Music Theatre’s casting puzzle (from Broadway World) (click here), coverage of Bowdoin College’s exhibit Letters and Shadows: African-American Art and Literature Since the Harlem Renaissance from Scene 4 Magazine (click here) and interview s with soprano Maria Knapik (click here) and the trio of Carole Fitzpatrick, Robert Barefield and Russell Ryan (click here) in Fanfare, as well as the usual coverage of the Maine theatre and music scenes. Enjoy!
Despite the blizzards here in Maine, theatre-going and classical music events continue to provide a solace in winter. This month you can find online profile in Fanfare of pianist Julian Gargiulo, soprano Ida Faella, hornist Steven Gross, jazz pianist Tobin Mueller, and mezzo-soprano Anna Bonitatibus, as well as my critic’s choices for 2014, which included the Met’s new Parsifal DVD and Sony’s Winterreise, both starring Jonas Kaufmann (and both of which went on to win numerous international prizes.) Last month’s Scene 4 carries my coverage of artist Edwin Austin Abbey‘s Shakespeare paintings and February’s issue will feature a retrospective on the unforgettable French actor Gérard Philipe. Broadway World features a number of reviews and a new interview with Maine State Music Theatre’s indefatigable artistic team, Curt Dale Clark and Stephanie Dupal. I also am happy to report I have begun two new independent writing projects, another collection of short stories and a critic’s diary about tenor Jonas Kaufmann, both of which which eventually be published by Weiala Press.