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This edition: Arias to Showstoppers: The Worlds of Opera and Theatre

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 24, 2008.

Composer Michael John LaChiusa, and directors Diane Paulus and Stephen Wadsworth have all worked in the once mutually-exclusive worlds of opera and theatre. They share their thoughts about the nature of each of these entertainment forms, how they differ and what they share; the use of amplification and how it affects productions in both opera and theatre; the so-called “American Idol” effect on musical performers; changes in training for opera singers; the differing scale - and manner - of pay; whether super-titles enhance or distract from opera performances; and the importance of the director's role and how it differs in theatre and opera.

Guest List

Melissa Rose Bernardo Theatre Critic, Entertainment Weekly

Michael John LaChiusa Words and Music

Diane Paulus Artistic Director, American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)

Stephen Wadsworth Director