Rock and Roll Man tells a true story

Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story, a new musical at Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA.
 

Cleveland was picked to be the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because a Cleveland disc-jockey, Alan Freed, was one of the first men to promote that type of music and he coined the phrase “rock …

Two composers, one librettist

This article, prompted by the world premiere of two operas, was originally published in The Opera Critic, the international journal for opera professionals and aficionados.
 

Two high-profile opera premieres took place within two months — and both of them were created by one librettist, though with different composers. This is a most unusual occurrence.

Kevin Puts composed the …

Santa Fe Opera 2017

2017 in Santa Fe will be remembered for the sensational debut of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. In my decades of opera-going I’ve never seen such a crowd-pleasing world premiere. My review is in a separate story and, here, we’ll consider the other operas of this summer season.

Handel’s Alcina, written in 1735, …

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