Wolf Trap opera‘s 2016 summer season begins with a Benjamin Britten masterpiece–The Rape of Lucretia. Performances of the chamber opera are June 10, 12, 15, and 18. Classical WETA morning host David Ginder chats with Lucretia conductor Craig Kier about how Britten masterfully tells a difficult story on the opera stage, how chamber opera is at least as dramatic as Puccini and Verdi, and about the informative DC-area-wide Lucretia Project.
Ahead of his Salzburg Whitsun Festival debut as Tony in West Side Story, opposite Cecelia Bartoli, the Festival announced Norman Reinhardt’s return in 2017. At the 2017 Whitsun Festival, Mr. Reinhardt will be heard in two productions: as Lurcanio in Handel’s Ariodante and in the role of Rodrigo di Dhu in Rossini’s La donna del lago.
There must also be words devoted to Subbaraman, who was the music director for the production. He and his five musicians are upstage for the entire performance, and watching him conduct is a full-blown treat in itself. Watching him take musicians and singers through the emotional highs and lows of the music, carelessly wiping his steaming brow with the sleeve of his shirt, and demanding and offering all that the music has to offer is a sight to behold.
Daniela Candillari leads Center for Contemporary Opera’s “The Wild Beast of the Bungalow” by Rachel Peters, composer and Royce Vavrek, librettist at The National Opera Center on May 12, 2016.
Director Matthew Ozawa (A Little Night Music, The Memory Stone) says that, if the world-premiering chamber opera After the Storm is a success, there will be no applause at the end. He might be on to something; those who previewed the beginning scenes last year were moved to tears.
Orchestra Iowa of Cedar Rapids, Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the Chamber Singers and College Choir from Simpson College in Indianola are collaborating to bring this seldom-performed work to life. Nearly 200 musicians, including four vocal soloists, will join forces on Sunday, May 8th at 2:30pm at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola.