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Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Manon, & The Opera Review

“The chief splendor of the evening came from the singers. Baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer turned Manon’s cousin, Lescaut, into a complex dramatic figure, a louche gambler and seducer who appeared to be making moves on his cousin when he meets her at the Inn in Act I.” To read the entirety of the Opera News article, […]

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Christmas Fills the World ~ New Carol

For nearly the past thirty years our family has had a custom of gathering together on Christmas Eve and singing a new carol.  Sometimes the carols were new tunes to existing texts (as with the carol “Sanders”, a setting of John Donne’s poem “Nativity”) but sometimes Joseph Bottum provided me with a new poem as well […]

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Krzysztof Penderecki

Today, November 23, is Krzysztof Penderecki’s 82nd birthday.  While can be argued that he is our greatest living composer (only Boulez might challenge him in that position) there’s no doubt that he is our most influential; even if you’ve never heard any of his music if you’ve seen a horror movie from the last thirty years the terrifying, […]

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Carmina Burana

Lots of choruses bookend their seasons, either at the beginning in the fall or at the end in spring, with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  Although conceived as an opera and first staged as one in 1937 it’s rarely done that way now and little is lost treating it as an oratorio; it’s Orff’s spectacular choruses that pull […]

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