All I Ask Of You – Barbara Cook

. In a career that spans the second half of the twentieth century, Barbara Cook has achieved a status accorded only a handful of Broadway performers. Her influence on other artists has been as great as that of Ethel Merman, Mary Martin or Alfred Drake and she remains the definitive  ...

Bad Love – Randy Newman

To the extent that Randy Newman is known at all, it's as a purveyor of sentimental Americana in the soundtracks of mediocre films. Every ten years or so, he scores a minor hit single with a novelty song like Short People or I Love L.A. It's no surprise then  ...

Atlas Eclipticales, Winter Music, 103 – John Cage

Suggested reading: Silence (1973), John Cage Talking Music: Conversations With John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and Five Generations of American Experimental Composers (1999), William Duckworth The music of John Cage represents "difficulty" in multiple ways. Firstly, there is the perceived "difficulty" in  ...

Something Wonderful – Anne Kerry Ford

Anne Kerry Ford is a relative newcomer to the cabaret scene, having made her debut as recently as 1996. A graduate of The Juilliard School of Drama, she has worked extensively as an actress and appeared on Broadway in Annie (as Grace Farrell) and The Threepenny Opera. Her second  ...

A Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar 1: L-R: Orla Boylan (sings Blanche BuBois) & Sam McElroy (sings Stanley Kowalski) PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT REDMOND Opera Ireland Dublin: Gaiety Theatre 19-25 November, 2006 A rancid night in Dublin city: snarling rain tearing through dirty Autumn leaves whipped down from the trees into the  ...

A Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar 1: L-R: Orla Boylan (sings Blanche BuBois) & Sam McElroy (sings Stanley Kowalski) PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT REDMOND Opera Ireland Dublin: Gaiety Theatre 19-25 November, 2006 A rancid night in Dublin city: snarling rain tearing through dirty Autumn leaves whipped down from the trees into the  ...

Sophie’s Choice

www.dc-opera.org/ British composer Nicholas Maw's impressive full-length opera Sophie's Choice, based on William Styron's well-known novel by the same title, made its fourth production and North American debut appearance by Washington National Opera during the period known as the Jewish High Holy Days, a set of holidays focused  ...

Deep Verdi

Houston Grand Opera October 21, 2006 Giuseppe Verdi’s troubled opera, Simon Boccanegra, had a rough start out of the gate when it premiered back in 1857. Apparently the critics offered the dreaded “lukewarm” response. Verdi revised the opera in 1879 and again in 1881, yet still the  ...