Posts Tagged: new opera

New Opera: Good Things Come in Small Packages

July 3, 2010 New Opera: Good Things Come in Small Packages Hot off the presses today at the Wolf Trap Opera Company is an interview with WTOC Director Kim Pensinger Witman, which features prominently in the second of Anne Midgette’s two-part analysis of the future of American Opera in the Washington Post.  The article includes
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Inspecting: The Uninspector

There’s a great opera parlor game that involves naming characters who have a great bearing on an opera plot and are referred to in the libretto but who never actually appear.  We’ve gone one better – in The Inspector, it’s the title character who never shows up. No matter, for everyone onstage spends the whole
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Inspecting: The Ladies

Meet the ladies of Mayor Fazzobaldi‘s family, descriptions courtesy of Mark Campbell’s libretto: Bernadetta: Mezzo-soprano. 40s–50s. Physically akin to her husband the Mayor, but taller. Pretentious, vain, and not above having a lust for power—and material gain—that is stronger than her husband’s. Beatrice:  Soprano. Late 20s. Their daughter. As thin and delicate in physique as
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Inspecting: Fazzobaldi

This week we’re workshopping the next Musto/Campbell opera.  The Inspector will premiere next spring at The Barns, and we’re taking it apart and putting it back together stem-to-stern. Today, meet Mayor Fazzobaldi [pronounced Fatso Baldy for those of you who don’t speak Italian:)) Baritone. 40s–50s. Short, corpulent, bombastic, bellicose, and bumbling, a man driven by his
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