From June, 2016

From the June Issue of Opera News Online: The Pirates of Penzance

3/5/16 ON MARCH 5, Atlanta Opera offered an exceedingly satisfying production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 operetta The Pirates of Penzance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. It was the first time that Pirates had been presented by the company, but ticket sales accelerated so rapidly here that the company was compelled to offer a fifth performance this month. Should a serious opera company produce an operetta by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert? The answer is yes— if the casting and stage direction are superb. This production by Seán Curran, originally seen at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, was revised scenically as a co-production…

Memorial Day in the Low Country

Charleston, SC – land of Pat Conroy, shrimp and grits, and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess– I paid homage to you this weekend. I wandered the streets of Folly Beach and found Dubose Heyward’s home on W. Ashley, desolate and faded.  I wanted to see where the insurance salesman who penned Porgy had lived. I bought two pounds of fresh shrimp at Crosby’s and made frogmore stew with my husband before trudging to the edge of the island with my children to see the Morris Lighthouse.  I sat on the beach and listened to the sound of the Atlantic surging…