February 5, 2016 |
Gunshots rang out backstage at the Academy of Music. Yet Opera Philadelphia's leading baritone, Jarrett Ott, kept talking as if nothing had happened. "That's pretty typical for us," he explained. "Gun practice. " The opera is Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain , and the academy's production opens Friday. Excitement is high: A week before opening, ticket sales already had surpassed those of both Oscar and Ainadamar (new operas from previous seasons). It's an adaptation of the Charles Frazier novel about Civil War Confederate deserter W.P. Inman.
January 28, 2016 |
Ott for 'Cold Mountain' The most hotly awaited event of the opera season just got a new leading man. Cold Mountain , the years-in-the-works Jennifer Higdon opera based on Charles Frazier 's 1997 Civil War-era novel, was written with star baritone Nathan Gunn in mind - but he has been replaced by up-and-coming Jarrett Ott . Gunn withdrew from the Feb. 5-14 run at the Academy of Music. His stated reason was family illness. "It is in the best interest of my family, Opera Philadelphia, my colleagues, and me personally that I withdraw from February's performances of Cold Mountain ," Gunn said in a statement Opera Philadelphia released.
January 10, 2016
Answer: Mount Kilimanjaro. The Tanzanian peak tops out at about 19,340 feet. It's an ascent popular with inexperienced climbers.
November 14, 2015 |
Even if you've never heard of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, his legal decisions continue to affect (and protect) you. Bristol Riverside's production of Douglas Scott's Mountain: The Journey of Justice Douglas presents a biopic overview of the personal and professional struggles of the court's longest-serving justice (from 1939 to 1975). In all likelihood, unless you were born before 1960, hold membership in the Sierra Club, or study law, you would know little else about him. Douglas (Keith Baker)
October 2, 2015 |
The 2016 selection for One Book, One Philadelphia is the 1997 Civil War novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. The Free Library of Philadelphia and the mayor's office were scheduled to announce the selection Thursday morning in an event that will kick off the program's four-month reading period, during which about 800 copies of the book will circulate throughout each of the library's 61 branches. Cold Mountain was chosen for its Civil War theme, and also to coincide with the debut of a new opera by local composer Jennifer Higdon, based on the book.
August 10, 2015 |
SANTA FE, N.M. - The opera world is craving an epic mainstream hit, and Cold Mountain has been anointed. Whatever anybody thought of the Santa Fe Opera Festival opening on Aug. 1, Cold Mountain is sold out here and has a recording and a PBS telecast in the works. With three other companies committed to producing it - co-commissioners Opera Philadelphia (in February 2016) and Minnesota Opera, plus North Carolina Opera - the piece is an inevitable success, and it deserves to be. Cold Mountain has its cosmetic problems, but the common asset noted so far in reviews -- generally positive, with the significant exception of the New York Times -- is solidity, the product of its seasoned collaborators, Pulitzer Prize-winning Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon and much-traveled librettist Gene Scheer.
August 4, 2015 |
SANTA FE, N.M. - The new Jennifer Higdon/Gene Scheer opera Cold Mountain premiered amid intense expectations Saturday at the Santa Fe Opera Festival. Years in the making, with some of the best voices and creative minds in the business, the opera's five performances sold out and one has been added, and the Dutch recording label PentaTone is committed to releasing it. Nearly 50 media representatives were present, and "all of Philadelphia is here," noted one Santa Fe Opera staffer. Cold Mountain was co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, and written by Pulitzer-winning composer Higdon in a two-year stretch that she spent barricaded in her Spruce Street apartment.
July 27, 2015 |
My husband and I are on a pilgrimage throughout sunny Italy to visit the lands of our forefathers. Since our journey takes us to the remote towns of Gioiosa Marea in Sicily and Badolato in Calabria, we find it necessary to rent the Opel wagon that will be our faithful companion for the duration of this yet-unexplored territory. Today, we set out to visit Badolato. The Autostrada takes us to Messina, Sicily, and the ferry that crosses the Straits of Messina to Reggio Calabria. Armed with GPS maps of Italy, tablet, and a smartphone, we venture into the land of Calabria, searching for the new road that will take us from Tyrrhenian shores to those of the Ionian Sea. All is fine until we come upon the popular rotunda , or roundabout, where the GPS goes crazy after we make a supposedly wrong turn.
June 15, 2015 |
If someone had told me three months ago that the hundreds of thousands of books I saw sitting unused and going to waste in the basement of Philadelphia School District headquarters would by now be almost fully catalogued, ready to be shipped to the kids who need them, I probably wouldn't have believed it. I might have even laughed. The task at hand seemed simple enough: There were a lot of unused books and a lot of kids who need books. Sort the books and give the kids any they could use. But in a drowning district, nothing's simple.
March 30, 2015 |
The only constant Saturday afternoon at the Wesley Bishop turf field in Moorestown was the wind - persistent, freezing, and blowing in the same direction, toward the same net, for the entire game. Whichever team had the wind in its favor, had momentum in its favor. When it was over, the Moorestown girls' lacrosse team walked away a 5-3 winner over Mountain Lakes, the defending state Group 1 champion. And though the box score might suggest otherwise, the Quakers shone brightest in the second half.