Interviews from the void: The Blacksmith, Ryan Brown

The Blacksmith – Opera Lafayette Ryan Brown, Founder/Artistic Director & Conductor Ryan Brown, founder & artistic director of Opera Lafayette talks about the process of creating a new American Westernized version of the opera comique Le Marechal ferrant (The Blacksmith). Audio Clip Credits: Description: This excerpt is from the opening  of the opera in which…Continue reading Interviews from the void: The Blacksmith, Ryan Brown

Interviews from the void: Julie, an Opera Film

Chuck Sachs interviews composer/conductor Whitney George, director Chloe Treat plus co-directors of photography and lighting Paul Ashey & Erik Bagger about creating Julie, an opera film.  On June 4th, 2020 via YouTube, New Camerata Opera premiered Julie, a new opera film directed by Chloe Treat with a score by Whitney George and libretto by Wallis…Continue reading Interviews from the void: Julie, an Opera Film

Episode 81: Rosina, a Hip Hop Opera

We welcome three key creators of The Rosina Project, a groundbreaking “hip-hopera” that remixes The Barber of Seville using hip-hop and opera artists to perform a female-driven story of empowerment as an immersive, 21st-century house party. We are joined by George Cederquist, director, K.F. Jacques, composer and hip-hop artist playing Figaro, and Pinqy Ring, the hip-hop artist who plays Rosina.…Continue reading Episode 81: Rosina, a Hip Hop Opera

Review: Marion’s Song

Peter Szep and Gregory Moomjy sit down to talk about Houston Grand Opera’s 68th world premiere “Marion’s Song”, based on the life of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century, who broke racial barriers throughout her storied career.  Composed by Damien Sneed to a libretto by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton