Erica's Articles

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Composer Seabourne Not Afraid to Speak his Mind
( BroadwayWorld.com - July 2018 - Classical )


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Erica interviews the fascinating British composer
Seabourne has garnered numerous commissions and awards in international competitions ... (read more)

Santa Fe’s ‘Butterfly’ Portrays Land of the Setting Sun
( LAOpus.com - July 2018 - Opera )


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Ken Howard
Erica's review of SFeO's second production of the season
When Madame Butterfly premiered in Milan 1904, Puccini was at the height of his compositional powers... (read more)

Santa Fe’s Candide the Best of All Possible Productions
( LAOpus.com - June 2018 - Opera )


Erica reviews Santa Fe Opera's 2018 opening production
Last night, the Santa Fe Opera audience got to see the candy, and it was sweet indeed... (read more)

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Seattle Symphony Celebrates Centenary with Bernstein Extravaganza
( BroadwayWorld.com - June 2018 - Classical )


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Erica's review of SSO's homage to Leonard Bernstein
Morlot gave last weekend's audience an evening of toe-tapping fun with two of Bernstein's much-loved works... (read more)

'Famous Father Girl': Window into a Legend
( BroadwayWorld.com - June 2018 - Classical )


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Erica reviews Jamie Bernstein's new memoir
It is a love letter filled with candid, disarmingly frank memories... (read more)

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Reminding the World Who Leonard Bernstein Was
( BroadwayWorld.com - June 2018 - Classical )


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Part 2 of Erica's interview with Jamie Bernstein
Working with Leonard Bernstein was a life-changing experience... (read more)

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Jamie Bernstein Celebrates Remarkable Centennial
( LAOpus.com - June 2018 - Classical )


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Part 1 of Erica's interview with Jamie Bernstein, oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, about her newly released book, 'Famous Father Girl'
“Sometimes it was purely great to have Leonard Bernstein for a father.” ... (read more)

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Leah Crocetto Sings It All
( BroadwayWorld.com - April 2018 - Opera )


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Erica interviews the lyric spinto soprano in advance of her Seattle Opera debut as Aida.
Leah Crocetto can hold forth on almost any topic, from opera to baseball.... (read more)

Morlot conducts in Seattle, with and without heroes
( BachTrack.com - February 2018 - Classical )


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Erica reviews Seattle Symphony's concert of R. Strauss and a world premiere
In yet another intriguing programming maneuver, Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot devoted this weekend’s performances to the subject of heroism... (read more)

Dausgaard shows the wisdom of Seattle Symphony's choice
( BachTrack.com - January 2018 - Classical )


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Erica reviews the all-Brahms concert of the orchestra's conductor designate
If Thomas Dausgaard wore his array of conducting posts as a series of medals on the lapel of his tux, it would weigh him down considerably... (read more)

Ludovic Morlot, Part 2: The Next Chapter
( LAOpus.com - January 2018 - Opera )


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Part 2 of Erica's interview with Maestro Morlot discusses his future plans
I just felt it was the right timing... (read more)

Ludovic Morlot, Part 1: The Importance of Being Berlioz
( LAOpus.com - January 2018 - Opera )


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Erica interviews the Seattle Symphony maestro in advance of his conducting debut with Seattle Opera
Berlioz’s rarely performed comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict, based on Shakespeare’s delightful comic romp Much Ado About Nothing... (read more)

Morlot and the Seattle Symphony present a rediscovery and a première
( BachTrack.com - January 2018 - Classical )


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Erica reviews violinist Augustin Hadelich's stunning performance
When news of the discovery of the Chant funèbre (Funeral Song) reached the classical music world, a near-revolution of excitement took place... (read more)

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Messiah is Seattle Symphony’s “Glory to God”
( BachTrack.com - December 2017 - Classical )


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Erica reviews Seattle Symphony's rendition of the Christmas favorite
“Leave your hoop skirts and swords at home,” the audience was advised, in order to avoid overcrowding when Handel’s Messiah premiered in Dublin in 1742.... (read more)

Gerstein and Debus are a sensation in Seattle
( BachTrack.com - December 2017 - Classical )


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Marco Borggreve
Erica reviews SSO's late romantic program with piano phenomenon Kirill Gerstein
Late Romantic music in the key of D minor reigned at Saturday night’s Seattle Symphony performance... (read more)

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Morlot conjures fantastical Berlioz with the Seattle Symphony
( BachTrack.com - November 2017 - Classical )


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Erica reviews Seattle Symphony's Berlioz blast
Both works are united in their depiction of love gained and lost... (read more)

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G&S Captivates in San Diego Opera Opening
( LAOpus.com - October 2017 - Opera )


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Erica reviews SDO's season opener
Brimming over with a cast of operatic virtuosi and awash with clever, eye-catching sets and costumes ... (read more)

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Giancarlo Guerrero leads Seattle Symphony into its new season with Mahler
( BachTrack.com - September 2017 - Classical )


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Erica reviews Seattle Symphony's Mahler 2nd
The orchestra, under the outstanding leadership of guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, overcame the absence of its maestro and gave a worthy reading... (read more)

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The Grimsleys and San Diego Opera: All in the Family
( LAOpus.com - September 2017 - Opera )


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Erica interviews opera stars Greer Grimsley and real-life wife Luretta Bybee about their San Diego Opera opening
Perennial SDO favorite bass-baritone Greer Grimsley will share the stage with his real-life wife Luretta Bybee in her SDO debut.... (read more)

Will Liverman: from Dizzy Gillespie to Rossini's Figaro
( BroadwayWorld.com - September 2017 - Opera )


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Erica interviews Seattle Opera's new Figaro in Rossini's 'Barber of Seville'
Will Liverman is a true "crossover" artist with a distinctive range ... (read more)

BWW Review: Seattle Creates Magic in Opening Night MADAME BUTTERFLY
( BroadwayWorld.com - August 2017 - Opera )


Erica reviews' Seattle Opera's 'Madame Butterfly'
A number of key company debuts marked Seattle Opera's 2017-18 season ... (read more)

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Leadership, and Creating a New Canon
( LAOpus.com - July 2017 - Opera )


Part 2 of Erica's interview with San Francisco Opera's Matthew Shilvock
the quest for power, the greed for success and frenzy of people coming together trying to find quick wealth... (read more)

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Matthew Shilvock Ponders Priorities, Wagner and Steve Jobs
( LAOpus.com - July 2017 - Opera )


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Erica interviews San Francisco Opera's newly minted General Director
Shilvock has become known throughout the opera world for his leadership and passion... (read more)

David Holloway Shepherds Santa Fe Apprentices
( LAOpus.com - June 2017 - Opera )


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Erica interviews the Director of Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program
Director of the company's apprentice program since 2005, David Holloway is a veritable fount of knowledge... (read more)

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BWW Interview: Alan Ruck Transacts 'War' with Brad Pitt
( BroadwayWorld.com - June 2017 - Theater )


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Erica interviews versatile actor Alan Ruck about his amazing career and recent work with Brad Pitt on the Netflix original film, 'War Machine'
Alan Ruck's familiar sardonic grin is instantly recognizable among fans of all of the above genres... (read more)

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Morlot in his element for L’Enfant et les sortilèges
( BachTrack.com - June 2017 - Classical )


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Erica reviews Seattle Symphony's delightful presentation of Ravel's one-act opera
Youth was the key word for Seattle Symphony’s fresh, exuberant program at Benaroya Hall... (read more)

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BWW Interview: Michael Jinsoo Lim Dances Over the Strings
( BroadwayWorld.com - May 2017 - Ballet )


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Erica interviews the concertmaster of "America's best ballet band," Pacific Northwest Ballet
award-winning violinist Michael Lim's capable hands have serenaded music lovers in the top halls of the US... (read more)

Melia Watras Reveals The Power of '26' Strings
( BroadwayWorld.com - May 2017 - Classical )


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Michelle Smith-Lewis
Erica reviews the talented violist's new CD release
The much-neglected viola finally gets its due ... (read more)

San Diego’s Ling Ends Tenure on High Note
( LAOpus.com - May 2017 - Classical )


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Erica recognizes the immense contribution of the longtime SDS Music Director
Ling’s dedication in building the orchestra into a major symphonic force has won him many devotees... (read more)

Seattle Opera's Magic Flute as enchanting as ever
( BachTrack.com - May 2017 - Opera )


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Erica reviews the magical 'Flute' production at Seattle Opera
“Love, love, love… that is the soul of genius,” said Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart... (read more)

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Beth Levin Romances the Keys
( LAOpus.com - May 2017 - Classical )


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Erica reviews the New York-based pianist's new CD
Levin presents a well-varied program of Romantic and Neo-Romantic composers... (read more)

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Amanda Opuszynski’s Feathers Fly in Seattle ‘Flute’
( LAOpus.com - May 2017 - Opera )


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Erica interviews SO's delightful Papagena in the upcoming 'Magic Flute' production
Amanda Opuszynski’s bell-like soprano has been ringing out from the Seattle Opera stage... (read more)

BWW Previews: San Diego Opera Announces 2017-18 Season
( BroadwayWorld.com - May 2017 - Opera )


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Erica reveals SDO's exciting new season details
ompany debuts, enduring classics and bold innovation ... (read more)

BWW Interview: Kevin Langan on Operatic Idols and Vocal Longevity
( BroadwayWorld.com - April 2017 - Opera )


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Erica interviews San Diego Opera's prolific bass about his career staying power
one of the longest, most prolific solo singing careers of the past few decades... (read more)

BWW Review: Haitink Captivates Boston - Again
( BroadwayWorld.com - March 2017 - Classical )


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Erica reviews BSO Conductor Emeritus Haitink in his latest concert appearance
That this orchestra adores working with this iconic musician was clearly in evidence ... (read more)

BWW Interview: Oliver von Dohnányi Leads the Way to a New Seattle KATYA
( BroadwayWorld.com - March 2017 - Opera )


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Erica interviews internationally known maestro Dohnányi
Equally versatile in both the operatic and symphonic repertoire... (read more)

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BWW Review: San Diego Opera's FALSTAFF a Moveable Feast
( BroadwayWorld.com - February 2017 - Opera )


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Erica reviews San Diego Opera's attractive, well-sung production
A delectable buffet offered up by the company's virtuoso cast and crew... (read more)

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Hilary Hahn and Ludovic Morlot ignite Seattle
( BachTrack.com - February 2017 - Classical )


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Erica reviews Hilary Hahn's explosive performance with Seattle Symphony
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune provided a scintillating introduction to Hilary Hahn’s glorious rendering of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto... (read more)

'Cendrillon' Pacific Northwest Ballet's Valentine
( LAOpus.com - February 2017 - Ballet )


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Erica reviews PNB's spectacular Seattle premiere
“Magical” is the optimal word to describe this production... (read more)

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Mezzo-Soprano Marianne Cornetti Swings for the Fences
( BroadwayWorld.com - January 2017 - Opera )


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Erica's lively interview with the mezzo in advance of her appearance in San Diego
as an artist she is thoroughly international... (read more)

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BWW Interview: Seattle Opera is Weston Hurt's Home Away from Home
( BroadwayWorld.com - January 2017 - Opera )


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Erica interviews the baritone in advance of Seattle Opera's 'Traviata' opening
Hurt returns to open the company's first production of the new year... (read more)

Seattle begins New Year with Beethoven's Ninth
( BachTrack.com - January 2017 - Classical )


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Erica reviews Seattle Symphony's opening program of 2017
Music director Ludovic Morlot prefaced Beethoven’s Ninth with an unusual work by Olivier Messaien... (read more)

BWW Interview: For PNB Musicians, 'The Nutcracker' Never Grows Old
( BroadwayWorld.com - November 2016 - Ballet )


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Erica interviews key orchestra players in advance of this season's 'Nutcracker' opening
When Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his final ballet, The Nutcracker, he could not have anticipated its lasting power... (read more)

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BWW Review: Pacific Northwest Ballet Shows Sophistication and Flair
( BroadwayWorld.com - November 2016 - Ballet )


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Erica's review of PNB's exciting trio of contemporary ballets
PNB's dancers expressed panoplies of deep emotion... (read more)

Phenomenal technical proficiency: Khachatryan's Sibelius impresses in Seattle
( BachTrack.com - November 2016 - Classical )


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Erica's review of Morlot and Seattle performing Berlioz, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky
The Sibelius concerto stands as a titanic representation of that genre for its technical difficulties, melodic splendor and breadth of possibilities for the instrument... (read more)

BWW Interview: Hilary Hahn Will Thrill Seattle Audiences in Solo Recital
( BroadwayWorld.com - October 2016 - Classical )


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Erica's interview with violin virtuoso, "America's Best Young Classical Musician" Hilary Hahn
in her impressive career track thus far has garnered the highest praise from audiences and critics alike... (read more)

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Hilary Hahn Will Thrill Seattle Audiences in Solo Recital
( LAOpus.com - October 2016 - Classical )


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Erica interviews the astonishing young violin virtuoso
In her impressive career track thus far she has garnered the highest praise from audiences and critics alike... (read more)

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Seattle’s 'As One' Tells Transgender Story Through Opera
( LAOpus.com - October 2016 - Opera )


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Erica interviews Barbara Lynne Jamison, Director of Education & Community Engagement
A thoroughly contemporary work in a historical venue that recently has been contemporized... (read more)

Pacific Northwest Ballet Steps Forth with BRIEF FLING
( BroadwayWorld.com - October 2016 - Theater )


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Angela Sterling
Erica's debut article for PNB covers their dynamic second offering of their 44th season
From Twyla Tharp to George Balanchine to Jirí Kylián, Seattle Center's McCaw Hall will jump, leap and twirl with excitement... (read more)

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Impeccable Haydn from Yo-Yo Ma and Seattle Symphony
( BachTrack.com - October 2016 - Classical )


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Erica's review of the incomparable cellist's appearance in a special concert
Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most recognized, talked and written about musical artists of our time.... (read more)

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Xavier Phillips glows in Elgar with the Seattle Symphony
( BachTrack.com - October 2016 - Classical )


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Erica reviews the Oct. Seattle Symphony performance
Two spirited, late romantic works bookended a more somber one in Ludovic Morlot’s Masterworks performance with the Seattle Symphony... (read more)

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Peter Marsh: Villains, Oscar Wilde and the Colors of Life in Opera
( BroadwayWorld.com - September 2016 - Opera )


Erica's interview with debuting tenor Marsh in advance of his Seattle Opera debut
Which witch, male or female?... (read more)

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Villains, Oscar Wilde and the Colors of Life in Opera
( LAOpus.com - September 2016 - Opera )


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Erica interviews tenor Peter Marsh in advance of his Seattle Opera debut as the Witch in 'Hansel and Gretel'
Which witch, male or female? ... (read more)

Ludovic Morlot: Musical Individuality and the Heart
( LAOpus.com - August 2016 - Classical )


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Part 1 of Erica's interview with Seattle Symphony Maestro Morlot
A quiet revolution has taken place since Ludovic Morlot first raised his baton as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony... (read more)

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Morlot Part 2: Opera, Symphony, and the Next Generation
( BroadwayWorld.com - August 2016 - Classical )


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Part 2 of Erica's interview with the Seattle Symphony Maestro
Do you feel equally passionate about opera and symphonic music?... (read more)

Seattle Symphony, Morlot, Pay Homage to Henri Dutilleux
( LAOpus.com - August 2016 - Classical )


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Erica discusses Seattle Symphony's Grammy award winning recording project of Dutilleux's works
Not many conductors have the privilege to be mentored by a living composer... (read more)

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BWW Interview: Elliott Forrest Rocks the Arts in Rockland County
( BroadwayWorld.com - July 2016 - Classical )


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Erica interviews the week known New York area radio and events host about his new post at ArtsRock
Classical music fans in the Metropolitan New York area likely have heard Elliott Forrest's smooth, familiar voice broadcasting the Afternoon Drive radio show on WQXR... (read more)

Tenor Barry Banks Counts Himself Lucky
( LAOpus.com - July 2016 - Opera )


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Erica interviews a starring tenor in Seattle Opera's 'Count Ory' premiere
From his early youth in Staffordshire, UK, Barry Banks had a burning desire to sing.... (read more)

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San Diego Cheers Heggie Great Scott
( OperaPulse.com - June 2016 - Opera )

  Erica's review of west coast premiere of Heggie's new opera
Company debuts, star power, excitement and audience cheers ruled at the much-anticipated May 7 west coast premiere... (read more)

BWW Interview: Mason Bates Seeks Adventure in Music
( May 2016 - Classical )


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Erica's interview with composer and Renaissance man Mason Bates
Mason Bates continues his series of high-powered classical/electronica hybrid music events... (read more)

Ron Della Chiesa Rocks the Music World
( Boston Musicians' Association newsletter - May 2016 - Classical )


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Erica interviews the Boston Symphony broadcasting icon
many radio broadcasters can boast a background that covers such widely diverse passions... (read more)

Heggie's Great Scott wins big in San Diego
( BachTrack.com - May 2016 - Opera )

  Erica's review of the west coast premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's new opera
Returning stars and high-profile company debuts contributed panache to the energy-charged atmosphere at the west coast première... (read more)

BWW Interview: Von Stade, Aldrich Sing Out on Heggie's 'Great Scott' - Part 1
( BroadwayWorld.com - May 2016 - Opera )

  Erica interviews opera superstar Frederica von Stade and rising star Kate Aldrich on their roles in the upcoming west coast premiere
Excitement reigns at San Diego Opera this week in anticipation of the May 7 west coast premiere ... (read more)

Aldrich and von Stade Part 2: Great Scott’s Characters
( LAOpus.com - May 2016 - Opera )


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Part 2 of Erica's interview with Great Scott stars Kate Aldrich and Frederica von Stade
Mainly I’m just in awe of this kid, what she’s done and accomplished... (read more)

Ling shows love for Mahler in “Tragic” Symphony
( BachTrack.com - May 2016 - Classical )


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Erica reviews San Diego Symphony monumental Mahler
Ling and the orchestra gave a luminous performance of the work... (read more)

Heroes, Villains and the Undead: Greer Grimsley Plumbs Seattle Opera's Depths
( BroadwayWorld.com - April 2016 - Opera )


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Erica interviews superstar Grimsley about his upcoming 'Flying Dutchman'
From king of the gods to wicked nobleman to villainous prison warden, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley has impressed audiences worldwide... (read more)