Revival—Elmer Gantry Returns!


By Leann Davis Alspaugh Oral Roberts is said to have burst through his front door one day, shouting “Fix me a steak, I’ve just seen Jesus!” The charismatic televangelist, who died in 2009, had an appetite for fiery sermons and faith healings, but it was his reliance on the collection plate that really aggravated his […]

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A WORLD PREMIERE CHILDREN’S OPERA TOUR BEGINS WITH THE FLORENTINE OPERA 2014-2015 STUDIO ARTISTS

A News Brief: The Florentine’s Artist-in-Residence program returns for a seventh season with newly commissioned children’s opera by John Davies MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin— January 3, 2015—The 2014-2015 Florentine Opera Studio Artists: Julie Tabash (soprano) of St. Louis, MO; Lindsay Metzger (mezzo-soprano) of Mundelein, IL; Aaron Short (tenor) of Kansas City, MO; and Pablo Siqueiros (baritone) of […]

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Corliss Philabaum on Carlisle Floyd Recordings

The Operas of Carlisle Floyd on CD and DVD by Corliss Phillabaum corliss@uwm.edu Although Carlisle Floyd’s operas have been widely staged, including major productions by the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, the availability of his work on commercial recordings is spotty. Only Susannah has been given a studio recording by a major label, […]

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A Note from the Stage Director of THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

by: Paula Suozzi Despite the title of the opera, I first came to this piece by way of Senta’s character. In initial discussions with Leslie (Costume Designer) and Noele (Scenery and Lighting Designer) and my own reading on the opera, I felt that I needed to understand her world before I could get a sense […]

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Notes from the Maestro of THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

By Joseph Rescigno At its premiere, Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer was performed in a single act. Later, the composer adapted it to be performed in three acts with changes in the orchestration. I have studied the original and have happily used the final version in each of the productions I have conducted, as I […]

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