REVIEW: Akhnaten

By Gregory Moomjy November 14, 2019 When I first wrote about Akhnaten a few weeks ago, I began by mentioning a few of the famous operas set in Ancient Egypt. Naturally, Aida was on that list. At the time, it seemed almost cliche to include Verdi’s evergreen pharaonic epic in such a catalogue. However, after […]

Akhenaten: Pharaoh and Opera Inspiration

by Gregory Moomjy If you mention Ancient Egypt, what comes to mind? Pyramids, gods and goddesses, and pharaohs quickly populate the imagination. And, let’s not forget, the very famous love affairs and palace intrigues of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Cleopatra. This is enough to make anyone want to study Egyptology. The great opera composers […]

Podcast 66: Gregory Spears and Natalie Polito

Guest co-host and soprano Natalie Polito joins us in a conversation with Gregory Spears, who is currently working on a new evening-length opera, Castor and Patience, with former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy K. Smith, commissioned by Cincinnati Opera. NOTES OCTOBER 2019, Episode 66 – NOTES Gregory Spears, Composer recorded 9/19/19 INTRO: […]