This island’s mine!

So speaks David Weigel, our Prospero, at the beginning of our dress rehearsal of Saariaho’s TEMPEST SONGBOOK. And indeed we felt like we were on an island tonight. A magical one, where a great composer was helping us understand visceral sound in the kindest way possible. One where we could … Continue Reading →

Midwestern minstrel

“A wandering minstrel I…”  could have been my theme song this week. I drove across northern Wisconsin and east-central Minnesota as the leaves began to change right on time. And all along the way: music! First, in Stevens Point WI, Matthew Markham, Sue Bender, and the wonderful students of UWSP … Continue Reading →

Big House

110K fans doing the “Hail” hand jive, this truly excellent band with their awesome sound, hot drumlines, and “nice diags” (tip of the pen to Dr. Andrea Brown). Life in music will sometimes surprise you, and it sure did this opera geek on Saturday. But first let me back up … Continue Reading →

on the air!

Are you free at 1 pm EDT this Saturday, May 14? Our Nozze di Figaro from last summer’s Wolf Trap festival will be broadcast on WETA-FM at that time. Give a listen at 90.9 if you are a denizen of Our Nation’s Capitol, or listen online. This is a great new partnership between … Continue Reading →


I am so excited to tell you about Songfusion‘s May 26 concert in Manhattan: Liebesfusion, named for the few Liebeslieder Waltzes on the program, the many other love songs around them, and for a very special kind of fusion we have in store. We will be raising funds for The Opportunity … Continue Reading →