Conversations between host, Keturah Stickann, and librettists, lyricists, producers, and performing artists about opera text and storytelling to music.
Deborah Brevoort and her Journey from Politics to Theater
Keturah interviews playwright and librettist, Deborah Brevoort, about her early political career in Alaska, her switch to theater, and her more recent work writing opera libretti. They go in depth on three operas: STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, that had its stage premiere at Opera Colorado, THE KNOCK, that was presented as a film for the Glimmerglass Festival last year, and QUAMINO’S MAP, which is about to get its premiere at Chicago Opera Theater.
Deborah Brevoort: https://www.deborahbrevoort.com/
Amy Stebbins and New Work Both Here and There
Keturah interviews director, dramatist, and librettist, Amy Stebbins, about the differences between libretti in the United States and libretti in Europe (particularly new work being written in Germany and Austria). They discuss the different ways of crafting a piece, why there isn’t a lot of cultural exchange of new works, and what to do about it. They also talk about some of Amy’s recent libretti, including a work in progress, entitled The People Out There.
Amy Stebbins: https://amystebbins.net/
Catherine Filloux and Writing Social Justice
Keturah interviews playwright and librettist, Catherine Filloux about her many works tackling social justice issues, as well as her work with Olga Neuwirth on the new opera, Orlando.
Catherine Filloux: https://www.catherinefilloux.com/
Jennifer Cresswell and Kathleen Kelly on Writing Real Women
Keturah speaks with singer and librettist, Jennifer Cresswell, and conductor and librettist, Kathleen Kelly about the creation of their new work with Kamala Sankaram, Interstate. They co-wrote them libretto and performed in the filmed work about a women who writes her former friend after she’s been sent to prison.
Jennifer Cresswell: https://mnopera.org/biography/jennifer-cresswell/
Kathleen Kelly: http://www.kathleenkellymusic.com/
Max Hoehn and Opera21
Keturah speaks with British Swiss director, translator, and librettist, Max Hoehn, about the development of his new opera laboratory: Opera21, and the state of new opera in Europe.
Max Hoehn: https://www.maxhoehn.com/
Marella Martin Koch and the Genesis of Dolores
Keturah speaks with librettist, playwright, and director, Marella Martin Koch, who recently won the inaugural West Edge Opera Aperture commission, alongside her writing partner, composer Nicolas Lell Benavides. Their work, DOLORES, about worker’s rights fighter, Dolores Huerta, will hopefully have its debut at West Edge in 2023. They discuss the genesis and creation of this opera, as well as her time at the American Opera Initiative at the Kennedy Center, and her deep dive into Jane Austen’s SENSE & SENSIBILITY with composer, Aferdian.
Marella Martin Koch: https://www.marellamartinkoch.com/about
Nicolas Lell Benavides: https://nicolasbenavides.com/
AOI at WNO: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/opportunities-for-artists/competitions-and-commissions/american-opera-initiative/
West Edge Opera’s Aperture program: https://www.aperture.westedgeopera.org/