From February, 2012

Lyric sets world premiere of new opera based on Ann Patchett novel for 2015-16 season

Lyric sets world premiere of new opera based on Ann Patchett novel for 2015-16 season. Ann Patchett’s writing can be best described as lyrical.  I have voraciously read all five of her novels beginning with Bel Canto years ago.  Based in Nashville, Patchett has the ability to transport her reader to exotic and remote locations:  the Amazon (State of Wonder), a secluded home for unwed mothers (Patron Saint of Liars), or even an unnamed city in South America (Bel Canto). Patchett’s bestselling book Bel Canto has now inspired an opera commission by Lyric Opera of Chicago.  To my mind, the real challenge for the opera’s creators –…

OPERA NEWS – Lucia di Lammermoor

OPERA NEWS – Lucia di Lammermoor. My latest review in the February issue of Opera News. Lucia di Lammermoor ATLANTA Atlanta Opera 11/12/11 Stage director Tomer Tvulun brought his signature cinematic vision to Atlanta Opera’s 2011–12 season opener, Lucia di Lammermoor (seen Nov. 12), working in a style reminiscent of his 2009 AO production of Der Fliegende Holländer. Lighting designer Robert Wierzel and projection designer Ruppert Bohle gave us spooky, oversized shadows, craggy trees and a foreboding ambiance from the start, abetted by imposing stone walls and tombstones, designed by Erhard Rom and borrowed from Cleveland Opera. However, it was…

Review: It’s “American Idol” at Spivey Hall, Metropolitan Opera style, for Southeast finals by Stephanie Adrian | ArtsCriticATL.com

It’s “American Idol” at Spivey Hall, Metropolitan Opera style, for Southeastern finals February 6, 2012 By Stephanie Adrian Heather Phillips, last year’s Southeastern winner. (Photo courtesy HeatherPhillips-soprano.com) Lawson Anderson is a 25-year-old management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. That’s his day job; on weekends he sings opera arias. As a high school athlete at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Anderson joined the school choir, where Scott Morris, then director of choral music, encouraged him to think more seriously about singing. “My mentors helped me to understand that there’s something special about singing, and I began to think more critically about how music…