New York based stage director Chuck Hudson returns for his 6th season as a mentor at The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. Scholars will experience his foundation curriculum on Acting and Movement Skills for Singers as well as his more advanced five day course on Creating Character and Action, and his one-on-one coachings for aria audition preparation. Scholars who have already experienced Chuck’s workshops are delighted at the prospect of a ‘double dose’ this year.
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.