Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs When I was researching Andre Previn for my doctoral dissertation over ten years ago I was led on a journey to unexpected places.  Previn led me to his extended song "The Giraffes Go To Hamburg" and ultimately to the novel Out of Africa, the work from which the text is excerpted.  Previn led me to Hollywood and [...]

Spoleto Festival USA Box Office Opens Today The American counterpart to the  Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy takes place every year in Charleston, SC.  This year the opera offerings include Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Menotti's The Medium, and a newer opera by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho called Emilie.  (Lyon 2010 review above)  Émilie Kaija Saariaho, Composer Amin Maalouf, Librettist American Premiere Venue: [...]

Lee Hoiby – “Where the Music Comes From”

American opera and song composer Lee Hoiby passed away this week.  He wrote both the music and text to a song that I have performed in recital and find very inspiring.  It's strophic and straightforward, but profound in its song form.  You can find it on a recording called "Continual Conversation with a Silent Man."  [...]