September 17, 2019 America's Opera
The only opera written since 1930 that is absolutely sure to sell tickets
was Gershwin's first and, tragically, last. Porgy and Bess, starting 9-23 at the Met
May 21, 2019 - VIII. Art and Commerce
A short history of operatic funding, with fortunes made and lost, and of the perennial aspiration to surpass the bounds of the marketplace.
May 14, 2019 - VII. Stars and Fans
Opera in the world involves not just creators and their creations, but performers and a public.
May 7, 2019 - VI. Sound and Sight
How the senses relate in operatic drama (spoiler alert: it is controversial).
April 30, 2019 - V. Voice and Orchestra
The key performing elements, both of which evolved radically over time.
April 9, 2019 - IV. Italy and the World
Italy got the project started; the rest of Europe admired, imported, imitated -- and then rebelled. But the interaction did not stop there.
April 16, 2019 - III. Gods and Peasants
Opera tells stories of all kinds, but its subject matter evolved in very particular ways that are full of importance for the evolution of the form.
April 2, 2019 - II. Poem and Score
Opera's texts have two crucial components, blended yet distinct, each with its own history, process and priorities.
March 26, 2019 - I. Introduction
Drawing the big picture in a timeline that relates opera to the rest of history and the arts during the past four centuries.
April 4, 2019 - I. How the Music Works
April 11, 2019 - II. The Ring and the Psyche
April 18, 2019 - III. The Ring in performance, 1876-2076
Nov 27, 2018 Mastering Bel Canto
Will and some of the stars of next summer's Teatro Nuovo productions will discuss the American singer's life-path and training, and demonstrate some of the techniques that bring Italian Bel Canto to life.
Related Performance: Teatro Nuovo