This Web site is under construction. It will be more appealing once we have put up some walls, plastered, painted and hung a few pictures. Speaking of pictures, please take a look at a few of Dutch artist Eleonora Tammes's canvases. If you click "Pictures (and a few words)," above right, you'll be ushered to the appropriate page. It's been a pleasure for me to write about her art on several occasions. With the images, I include a short essay I wrote about Tammes's 2008 exhibition at New York's SoHo20 Gallery.
Links to some of James Kuslan's writing available on the Web:
The article on Tito Capobianco mentioned above is available online only to subscribers of Opera News at:
On Don Pasquale and Netrebko's Norina:
On composer Scott Eyerly's piece, Arlington Songs, commissioned by bass-baritone David Pittsinger:
James reading Richard Wilbur's poem, "To K.R. on Her Sixtieth Birthday."
James Kuslan writes about and lectures on opera and culture. His feature article on Tito Capobianco, the brilliant operatic stage director, appears in the December 2015 issue of Opera News. James has freelanced in several capacities for the Deutsche Grammophon, London and Philips record labels (for details, please click About, above). His essays are included in the DVD releases of the Metropolitan Opera's new productions of Don Pasquale and Lucia di Lammermoor, both starring Anna Netrebko. His rethought version of Die Fledermaus, with completely new and original dialogue whose aim is to honor the wit and elegance of the music and the psychological realities of the situations the characters find themselves in, has been professionally performed by New England's Salt Marsh Opera and is being considered for production by several major regional U.S. houses. James holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from The Yale School of Drama. He is always happy to serve as Master of Ceremonies for concerts of classic music and is available as a voice-over artist.