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Musings

  • Reflections on HGO's 2016-17 Season
    Feb 19, 2016

    There are very few questions in life that I find uncomfortable, but one is, surely, when I’m asked about a new opera season: “What are you most excited about?” It always feels like someone is asking me, “Which child is your favorite?”

  • The Courage to Sing
    Feb 3, 2016

    Our annual Concert of Arias is a big day for HGO, and especially for the HGO Studio; it’s the culmination of our audition process for incoming studio artists and the final round of the Eleanor McCollum Competition.

  • Rusalka: A Fairy Tale in Motion
    Jan 25, 2016

    No genre has captured the world’s imagination as firmly and persistently as the fairy tale.

  • The Power of Opera
    Dec 11, 2015

    I received the following thoughts from HGO’s harpist Joan Eidman, and immediately invited her to post them on this blog.

  • Film Gems from the Past
    Oct 27, 2015

    The ubiquitous cinema—we all have our favorite films.

  • Triple Time
    Oct 13, 2015

    I’m currently immersed in the opening repertoire of three opera companies.

  • Elegy for Sandy
    Oct 6, 2015

    Over the summer a dear friend and colleague passed away.

  • September Beginnings
    Sep 1, 2015

    There is a joyous piece of perfection called “September Song,” by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson, from their 1938 musical Knickerbocker Holiday.

  • Aspen and San Francisco
    Aug 27, 2015

    Summer is the time for learning, for growth, for assimilating the opportunities presented by the three more productive seasons.

  • View From the Podium
    Aug 4, 2015

    I have a favorite 20 minutes of my childhood, and for them I owe deep gratitude to a woman I don’t know.