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David Williams and Ibby Carothers of Connecticut's ICRV Radio interviewed me in fall 2017 to discuss Salt Marsh Opera's then upcoming performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni. ICRV serves the Lower Connecticut River Valley as a kind of clearinghouse--and virtual meeting place--for area residents to learn of events happening in their area, one of New England's most charming regions. Salt Marsh Opera is an up and coming regional company for which I regularly lecture. ICRV's Web site is here: https://icrvradio.com and Salt Marsh Opera's Web site is here: https://www.saltmarshopera.org.
The Don Giovanni interview is here:
James Kuslan writes about and lectures on opera and culture. His feature article on Tito Capobianco, the brilliant operatic stage director, appeared 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. 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.
James reading Richard Wilbur's poem, "To K.R. on Her Sixtieth Birthday."
The article on Tito Capobianco mentioned above is available online at the Opera News Web Site:
On Don Pasquale and Anna Netrebko's Norina:
On composer Scott Eyerly's piece, Arlington Songs, commissioned by bass-baritone David Pittsinger: