By George Basler
Stephen Sondheim is not a big opera fan.
That’s one discovery I made while attending an appearance by Sondheim last weekend at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown.
The renowned composer was interviewed by Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter. The two have known each other from the time Jamie, now 63, was a child. Sondheim, of course, worked with her father on the groundbreaking Broadway classic West Side Story.
The question-and-answer session, which drew a capacity audience, dovetailed with the Glimmerglass staging of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd as...
Reviewed by Sherri Strichman
We stepped back in time last night (Feb. 18) as Tri-Cities Opera presented an evening of 1950s fun, charm and drama. The double bill of one-act operas, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, left the audience more than satisfied.
Right from the start, we had vendors in great ’50s clothing and hairstyles (credit: Jana Kucera, costume plot designer, and Danielle Baker, makeup and hair designer) interacting with the audience as they carried their hanging trays of snacks. They sang...