Gumption ‘n Rose

Gumption ‘n Rose

Rose Beuret, long life companion of Rodin, was not initially part of the plan. After all the opera already had two main female charachters, the old and the young Camille. But one night, while writing the duet in the second act between Camille and Rodin, she simply...
Creation’s fever

Creation’s fever

For a long time I thought it was just a myth, an old wives tale that people like to ramble about to look cool. Until I experienced it first hand. I was writing the libretto for the opera “Camille Claudel” and abruptely Rose, Rodin’s wife, came into the scene. The...
Camille Claudel and Creative Fever

Camille Claudel and Creative Fever

Why compose an opera based on the life of Camille Claudel? I have been asked this question more than once. The answer, is that I was simply compelled to do it. In fact, it all started with a movie. I was flipping through channels and landed on Arte, where they were...
Culture shall not feed you

Culture shall not feed you

What is the value of music education? In a previous post I mentioned the fact that art in general and music in particular are not considered to be fundamental to a person’s education. Why is that the case? Personally, I think I got the answer from an Italian ministry...
The annoying kid

The annoying kid

I recently experienced something that seems to be quite common in today’s concert halls: the annoying kid that will not stop moving, coughing, talking or pointing.While others have interrupted the performance, I did not. Simply because when I turned to the kid to...

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