Rising Stars: An Interview with Ben Edquist

The following interview of Ben Edquist, creator of the lead role of Edward Kynaston in Carlisle Floyd’s  opera “The Prince of Players”, took place in the administrative offices of the Houston Grand Opera, whose facilitation of this interview is deeply appreciated. (Although the interview was scheduled to be posted a few days ago, the destruction […]

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50 Year Anniversaries: “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Pilar Lorengar, André Jobin, Thomas Stewart – San Francisco Opera, November 3, 1965

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of the 50 year anniversaries of the historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the sixteenth of sixteen such observances of performances from the company’s 1965 Fall season.   Having spent the previous weekend […]

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More Questions for the Calaf: A Conversation with Brian Jagde

The following conversation was based on a meeting at the War Memorial Opera House with the much-appreciated facilitatation of the San Francisco Opera. For previous communications between myself and tenor Brian Jagde, see:  Rising Stars: An Interview with Brian Jagde.   [Below: Tenor Brian Jagde; resized image of a photograph, courtesy of Brian Jagde.] Wm: You […]

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