Gavin Borchert

Focile and Shenyang as Susanna and Figaro at their wedding dance. Photo courtesy of Seattle Opera

An interesting letter is found in the program for Seattle Opera’s staging

An interesting letter is found in the program for Seattle Opera’s staging of The Marriage of Figaro that opened Saturday. Written by Board of Directors… Continue reading

 

Focile and Shenyang as Susanna and Figaro at their wedding dance. Photo courtesy of Seattle Opera

An interesting letter is found in the program for Seattle Opera’s staging

An interesting letter is found in the program for Seattle Opera’s staging of The Marriage of Figaro that opened Saturday. Written by Board of Directors president Maryann… Continue reading

 

Triangle in Berlin: Earp, Adam Somers (center), and Wildrick. Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre

You’d never know it from Liza Minnelli’s performance in the 1972 Bob

You’d never know it from Liza Minnelli’s performance in the 1972 Bob Fosse film, but Sally Bowles—one of the great female star vehicles in musical… Continue reading

 

Photo by Bruce Tom

“Ambassadors of their own cultural music” is how composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack describes

“Ambassadors of their own cultural music” is how composer/trumpeterSamantha Boshnackdescribes the diverse musicians she’s spotlighting on the next concert of her 14-piece new-music/improv ensemble,B’shnorkestra. She’s… Continue reading

Photo by Bruce Tom

“Ambassadors of their own cultural music” is how composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack describes

“Ambassadors of their own cultural music” is how composer/trumpeterSamantha Boshnackdescribes the diverse musicians she’s spotlighting on the next concert of her 14-piece new-music/improv ensemble,B’shnorkestra. She’s… Continue reading

Aylward's Big Daddy.Chris Bennion

The choice of Laura Griffith and Brandon O’Neill for Maggie and Brick—two

The choice of Laura Griffith and Brandon O’Neill for Maggie and Brick—two examples of the superb casting of ACT’s current Cat on a Hot Tin… Continue reading

Aylward's Big Daddy.Chris Bennion
Above: Trimpin (left) and Morlot in rehearsal. Below: the score and the prepared piano.

“Do I have to use musicians?” was Trimpin’s first question when planning

“Do I have to use musicians?” was Trimpin’s first question when planning began for his new commission for the Seattle Symphony. It shouldn’t have come… Continue reading

Above: Trimpin (left) and Morlot in rehearsal. Below: the score and the prepared piano.
Hawke, at right, clearly venerates his subject.Ramsey Fendall/Risk Love LLC

Right from the first scene, in which pianist Seymour Bernstein talks his

Right from the first scene, in which pianist Seymour Bernstein talks his way through his thought process for fingering a passage in a Scarlatti sonata,… Continue reading

Hawke, at right, clearly venerates his subject.Ramsey Fendall/Risk Love LLC
Rae’s Semele with Alek Shrader’s Jupiter.

The spectacle is what’s been hyped about Seattle Opera’s production of Handel’s

The spectacle is what’s been hyped about Seattle Opera’s production of Handel’s Semele, but the music is why you shouldn’t miss it. In the title… Continue reading

Rae’s Semele with Alek Shrader’s Jupiter.
Left: Eager Sounders fans cluster behind the team’s bench. Right: pre-game stretches.

Even on an absolutely cloudless day, the light in Arizona is pale,

Even on an absolutely cloudless day, the light in Arizona is pale, washed-out, yellow-white—nothing like the electric lemon of an August day in Seattle. There’s… Continue reading

Left: Eager Sounders fans cluster behind the team’s bench. Right: pre-game stretches.
O’Neill’s Billy Bigelow with Laura Griffith’s Julie.

With its tricky mix of kitchen-sink realism, cornpone Americana, and supernatural fantasy—and

With its tricky mix of kitchen-sink realism, cornpone Americana, and supernatural fantasy—and not an overabundance of likable characters—what this 1945 musical needs to stay buoyant… Continue reading

O’Neill’s Billy Bigelow with Laura Griffith’s Julie.
Stab him! Stundyte and Grimsley in Tosca.

Here’s a question: Does anyone actually like Tosca? Not Puccini’s 1900 opera,

Here’s a question: Does anyone actually like Tosca? Not Puccini’s 1900 opera, I mean, but its title character. At Seattle Opera’s Saturday-night performance, Ausrine Stundyte… Continue reading

Stab him! Stundyte and Grimsley in Tosca.
The one disheartening thing about Robbie Rogers’ Coming Out to Play (Penguin,

The one disheartening thing about Robbie Rogers’ Coming Out to Play (Penguin,

The one disheartening thing about Robbie Rogers’ Coming Out to Play (Penguin, $17), the newest entry in its genre—Memoir League, Gay Conference, Sports Division, men’s… Continue reading

The one disheartening thing about Robbie Rogers’ Coming Out to Play (Penguin,
Taylor’s Elizabeth (left) with Rebecca Olson as sister Jane.

Pride and Prejudice Center Theatre at the Armory (Seattle Center), 216-0833, book-it.org.

Pride and Prejudice Center Theatre at the Armory 
(Seattle Center), 216-0833, book-it.org. 
$25–$60. Runs Wed.–Sun. Ends Dec. 28. It is a truth universally acknowledged that… Continue reading

Taylor’s Elizabeth (left) with Rebecca Olson as sister Jane.
Schenkman (rear center) and colleagues.

Though you’d think a nickname so catchy could have taken root, as

Though you’d think a nickname so catchy could have taken root, as far as I know Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826) has never been called… Continue reading

Schenkman (rear center) and colleagues.
Lobo as Leo (with Audi’s Gabriel seated behind).

The Way He Looks Opens Fri., Nov. 7 at Sundance Cinemas. Not

The Way He Looks Opens Fri., Nov. 7 at Sundance Cinemas. Not rated. 95 minutes. Leo, from Sao Paulo, is 15-ish, and has the usual… Continue reading

Lobo as Leo (with Audi’s Gabriel seated behind).
“Indian summer” is a term often applied to Richard Strauss’ last works,

“Indian summer” is a term often applied to Richard Strauss’ last works,

“Indian summer” is a term often applied to Richard Strauss’ last works, in which he set aside the sensationalism of his earlier tone poems and… Continue reading

“Indian summer” is a term often applied to Richard Strauss’ last works,
In 1945, the elderly Strauss had much to grieve for.

“Indian summer” is a term often applied to Richard Strauss’ last works,

“Indian summer” is a term often applied to Richard Strauss’ last works, in which he set aside the sensationalism of his earlier tone poems and… Continue reading

In 1945, the elderly Strauss had much to grieve for.
Busswood's forlorn Rose. Michael Brunk

The title of this musical—based on the affecting 1991 movie—refers to a

The title of this musical—based on the affecting 1991 movie—refers to a hideous sort of male-bonding competition among a group of Marines the night before… Continue reading

Busswood's forlorn Rose. Michael Brunk
What’s a nice girl like her doing with him? Cavallier and Hall.

These days, the sexual politics in Mozart’s Don Giovanni are nearly impossible

These days, the sexual politics in Mozart’s Don Giovanni are nearly impossible to navigate. The zeitgeist can’t tolerate the glamorization of a serial seducer, so… Continue reading

What’s a nice girl like her doing with him? Cavallier and Hall.