Ed Rampell: The life and career of this incomparable painter, her vivacious spirit, passionate sexuality, pitiable fragility, and her tumultuous relationship with Rivera, who was two decades older than her, all this life writ large was “an opera waiting to happen,” as its composer put it in a pre-performance panel on June 18.
Lance Simmens: The passing of Savannah resident Gregg Allman will affect me deeply. It is the passing of an era, an era that touched 46 years of my life.
Mark Will: When I wrote “Let Me Do It,” marriage equality wasn’t even an issue in Taiwan, so, as was the case with “Three Little Jailbirds,” the image used in the promotional video is not directly related to the song.
Based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel, composer Philip Glass and librettist Rudolph Wurlitzer’s ironically named opera The Perfect American takes an often scathing look at animation icon Walt Disney (baritone Justin Ryan).
Mark Will: As a student of Dostoevsky, I’ve always been concerned with matters of crime and punishment, and I thought the stories I had heard about people incarcerated in Taiwan would make an interesting song.