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The Producer: A Conversation with Broadway’s David Stone

The Producer: A Conversation with Broadway’s David Stone

Broadway producer David Stone discusses how he came to producing, his opinions on bootleg recordings, and the phenomenon of cross-pollination between the worlds of opera and Broadway.

Spread Your Wings and Fly: Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera

Spread Your Wings and Fly: Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera

Despite smart and sensitive phrasing choices throughout and a thorough, unique characterization, Ana Maria Martinez couldn’t quite bring herself to the climactic high notes at the heart of Butterfly’s arias.

War of the Roses: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera

War of the Roses: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera

The triptych of Gaetano Donizetti’s Tudor Queens is a famously challenging cycle for any diva. Most notably sung by Beverly Sills at New York City Opera, the three queens at the centerpieces of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn), Maria Stuarda (Queen Elizabeth OR Mary Stuart, depending on what angle you come from), and Roberto Devereux […]