October 2, 2015 |
Opera Philadelphia has extended the contracts of two key members of its leadership team as the company expands plans for international co-productions, increases relationships with a glittering roster of singers and directors, and continues to blur the line of the opera genre - all while raising extra money to help pay for it all. General director and president David B. Devan and music director Corrado Rovaris have signed contracts that will keep...
August 27, 2015 |
MEZZO-SOPRANO Suzanne Duplantis has performed on opulently set stages while wearing exquisite costumes, accompanied by the finest orchestras, bowing to thunderous applause from beautifully dressed concertgoers. Today, her proscenium is an ICU room in Pennsylvania Hospital. Her costume, a jacket and slacks. Her accompaniment, the techno-beep of medical monitors. And her audience is a lone man. Tom Purdom, 79, is clad in a thin bed gown, his head held aloft by a neck brace, his body impaled by tubes, his lungs fed oxygen from a gently hissing tank.
August 3, 2015 |
In the sometimes-grandiose world of theater - endless monologues, three-act historical epics, roof-lifting anthems that go on and on - a little pithiness can be refreshing now and then. This week's two teeny-tiny theater events, the One-Minute Play Festival at Plays & Players and the Get Into Our Shorts Play Festival at the Painted Bride Art Center, crunch large theatrical constructs and elaborate themes into tapas-size snacks - 30 minutes and under for the Bride's shorts fest, its first, and, yup, 60 seconds for Philly's third annual One-Minute fest.
March 7, 2015 |
David Gray, who has been serving as interim executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet since last summer, has had his interim status removed and will manage the company going forward, ballet board chair David Hoffman announced Thursday. Hoffman touted Gray's "strong leadership style and breadth of experience in ballet, nonprofit, and financial communities" in making the announcement. Gray, 55, who began in the press office of the New York City Ballet and then became a certified financial planner and consultant to many nonprofits facing change, has also been executive director of the American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey's largest dance organization.
July 25, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Ballet, once a major national dance company, turned 50 this year and was in need of a makeover. It got an immediate jolt Tuesday when it named Angel Corella its new artistic director, effective in September. Corella, 38, a former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, is an international star who has performed with every major company around the globe. He's modeled for Rolex watches and appeared in ads for champagne with Gwyneth Paltrow. Most recently, he ran his own company, Corella Ballet Castilla y León, which became the Barcelona Ballet but which has since folded.
July 24, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Ballet has hired a new artistic director: Ángel Corella, a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. The Spanish-born Corella, 38, whose appointment was approved Tuesday by the board, is slated to start part-time in September, then full-time in January. He succeeds Roy Kaiser, who announced his retirement in April and will step down in October. A ballet spokeswoman said Corella was not available for an interview. Corella, who was born in Madrid, joined ABT in 1995 and was promoted to principal a year later.
June 11, 2014
A story Tuesday about Flashpoint Theatre Company described Thom Weaver erroneously. He is the company's artistic director; he is not its founder. A graphic in Tuesday's Inquirer incorrectly said the Coatesville VA Medical Center is among 112 sites nationwide under investigation for delays in scheduling patient appointments.
February 5, 2014 |
Take a MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient as your composer, add a Tony Award-winning playwright who has collaborated with the likes of Philip Glass and Elton John, and what do you get? In a word: Ainadamar . A Grammy Award-winning opera by Osvaldo Golijov, with a libretto by David Henry Hwang, Ainadamar premiered in 2003 at Tanglewood and later was lauded by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most moving and meaningful operas of our time. " On Friday, Opera Philadelphia's production - unusual, in many ways - will open at the Academy of Music and run through Feb. 16. In a series of flashbacks, Ainadamar (pronounced "eye-nah-dah-MAHR")
January 3, 2014 |
CHICAGO has a branded, hometown-oriented jazz orchestra. Cleveland and Pittsburgh, too. So why doesn't our town - far richer than most in jazz history, heroes and students - have a rootin', tootin' Philadelphia-labeled ensemble to celebrate our riches, from the hey-days of Coltrane, Gillespie and Getz to the newest kids on the blocks? Come Tuesday, at long last, we will, as the 17-member, brass-heavy Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) makes its debut in gala (and hopefully fundraising)