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To Applaud, Or Not Applaud?

THAT IS THE QUESTION!!!! When I performed in the 1970 Broadway musical Applause, (in 1985) at the Brunswick Music Theater in Brunswick, Maine; I must admit that I never would have imagined that I would ever script a commentary on just such a subject.  But as the lyrics to the…

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'Siegfried' on the radio!!!

For those so interested, the final San Francisco Opera Radio Broadcast of Siegfried will be Sunday, November 6 at 11:00 p.m. (EST), 10:00 p.m. (CST), and 8:00 p.m. (PST) on KDFC 90.3, San Francisco.  Below is the link that will take you the "Listen Live" page for the live-stream internet…

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Why the Lyric Opera of Chicago??

As I sit today (Saturday October 15) and listen to the 32nd annual Operathon on 98.7 WFMT here in Chicago (in between studying my Russian for our upcoming production of Boris Godunov), I am compelled to outline in writing something that I articulated earlier today in my "on-air" appearance. Why…

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Opera Review: Wozzeck, Santa Fe Opera-July 30, 2011

There have been many 'soldier portrayals/characters' in the annals of the operatic forum; from the comic, blustering Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, all the way to a cross between Gomer Pyle and Forrest Gump in the character of Josef Schweik in Kurka's rather contemporary opera The Good Soldier Schweik, that…

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It's All History Now!

When the final curtain came down on San Francisco Opera's newly rolled out Ring Cycle, a great sigh (or shall we say "heave") of relief came from all corners of the Opera House:  From the Administrative Office Suites, across to the Media Studio, through the Public Relations wing, right down…

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One Last Hurrah…

It's Final Siegfried Eve here in San Francisco, and as I gaze out at the clear blue sky (a true rarity these past few months) from my temporary condo at the Opera Plaza complex, I am thinking back on just how quickly the time has passed.  Even though the past three…

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Out of the Closet…(Finally)

As a result of the dizzying success of San Francisco Opera's new Ring Cycle, and for me, Siegfried in particular; I have come so close to being 'outed', that I might just as well cop to it right now on my own terms.  If I do not, then I am…

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