The 2012-2013 season has no special
significance for Kurt Weill, the German-American composer of “September
Song,” “Speak Low” and “Mack the Knife.” But it’s a landmark year for
the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
A hybrid of opera, music theater and
performance piece, the surreal storyline follows Maria from birth to her
arrival in Buenos Aires, where tango seduces her and leads to a life of
prostitution. She is murdered and resurrected, becoming the embodiment
It was quite the spectacle and in a good way. As I, along with other members of MUSE, approached Great American Ballpark around 4 p.m., there were already hundreds of World Choir Games participants thronging the entrance, and despite the stifling temperature, the excitement was palpable. All the hype about this being an international event was no hype at all. For the first time I can remember...
Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess ranks as America’s most famous opera. Its
arias and ensembles are firmly ensconced in the American Popular Songbook: “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o Nuttin’,” “Bess, You Is My
Woman Now,” “I Loves You, Porgy.” “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” No other opera
comes close except Carmen, and that’s French.