In December Scene 4 Magazine published my piece In Search of John Keats, which chronicled am long love-affair I have had with the English poet that began in college and continued to today, when I wrote the libretto for a new opera by Daniel Steven Crafts, Adonais. Revisiting all the places associated with the poet for the article, I recalled a comment my late husband had made to me in Rome at the house where Keats died on February 23, 1821. Greg had suggested it was “such an operatic life” I should write about it. And here we are some twenty years later! Musing on this serendipity I noted, too that Greg left this world on February 23, 2010 – perhaps just another of life’s curious circles?
Given the record-breaking snows we have had in Maine this February, many theatre events were cancelled, but I managed to review Madhorse Theatre’s excellent Kimberly Akimbo and the Midcoast Symphony’s January program which included a performance of a rarely heard Amy Beach symphony. Visit my pages at Broadway World to read these reviews.
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.
Stage, Screen, and Song will soon have a new structure and look! The blog will continue to include articles on classical music, opera, theatre, film, and visual arts, as well as to archive my published writings. There will also be a series of pages for Weiala Press, my book publishing imprint with catalog and information about current releases.