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Fall Doings- An Adonais Recording

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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.home_headshot

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!

Ringing Out 2015!

john-keatsIn 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?

September Writings

September was devoted to closing out the summer theatre projects and moving ahead with personal writing for Weiala Press. In addition to my regular Fanfare contributions, I covered the wonderful opening at the Good Theater of No Biz Like Show Biz, and profiled the summer exhibition at the Bowdoin Museum, Night Vision.  I also did a fascinating feature on the Maine State Ballet.

keatsPerhaps most exciting, however, is that composer Daniel Steven Crafts has completed the score for our opera (I wrote libretto) about John Keats, Adonais, and together we are pursuing possibilities for performance of what we believe to be a very special piece! READ MORE.

December Arts Beat

Check out a recent Talkin’ Broadway‘ s article on Maine State Music Theatre’s dynamic new leadership:

New at the Helm: Curt Dale Clark and Stephanie Dupal
Chart MSMT’s Course

curtsteph“We knew how much work it would be, but it was a truly remarkable season,” his partner, Managing Director Stephanie Dupal, concurs. We were especially pleased at how our audience came on board and accepted the choices we made. And we were financially, as well as artistically successful!””Euphoric might be too grand a word to describe the feeling, but something close to that,” Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark declares, describing the feeling of having successfully completed his first official year at the helm of Maine State Music Theatre.

Though the 2014 summer season, the company’s fifty-sixth, was actually not the first association with MSMT for either of these dynamic theatre professionals, it was technically their first at the helm of this venerable and acclaimed regional theatre. Dupal, who has been with the company for twenty-one years in various other administrative positions, admits that though her job description was very similar to what it had been as Interim Managing Director the prior season, “It was nice to be able to make decisions with Curt as a team and to know that now we can plan ahead for the next five to ten years.” READ MORE at New at the Helm in Talkin’ Broadway, October 19, 2014.

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last month’s Scene4 Magazine coverage of Portland’s Good Theatre:

Portland’s Good Theater: The Name Says It All!

briansteve“I was doing a great deal of freelance work, and Steve [Underwood, co-founder/Production Manager] and I had been touring his play, Radical Radio, and we got a chance to produce Over the River and Through the Woods at the St. Lawrence Center here in Portland. That went well, and as a result in 2001 we were invited to become the Center’s theatre-in-residence. We are now starting our thirteenth season,” Brian P. Allen, Artistic Director of the company recounts enthusiastically.

“Our philosophy has been to focus on the productions we are doing and create really good theatre – hence our name. In the decade since 2001 we have grown exponentially. We went from being non-existent to having one thousand subscribers, and we have operated at ninety-five percent capacity for the past two years. In the recent rough economic period, conversely, our donations went up. I think people like what we do and know we work hard to put together a nice mix. Steve and I feel so incredibly blessed to work in the profession we love and to be able to do the shows we want with amazing artists. That is a gift!”  READ MORE at Portland’s Good Theater: The Name Says It All in Scene4 Magazine, November 1, 2014.

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an exclusive interview with legendary soprano Jeannine Altmeyer at www.peterhofmannstartenor.wordpress.com, and the exciting collaboration with composer Daniel Steven Crafts on an opera about poet John Keats.