A Spirited Double Bill: 'The Medium' and 'Emilie' from Spoleto USA

THE INTRO





THE HIT SINGLE: "The Black Swan"

In Act One, after Madame Flora (mezzo-soprano Barbara Dever) is terrified by the incident during the séance, Monica (soprano Jennifer Aylmer) tries to distract her mother by singing the haunting "Black Swan Song," and Flora joins in the final verse.





INTERVIEW WITH JOHN PASCOE, DIRECTOR OF THE MEDIUM

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To celebrate the birth date of composer Carlo Menotti, founder of the Spoleto Festival USA, John Pascoe directs one of his most popular operas The Medium for this year's festival.  Menotti, while immersed in a world of atonal post-war expressionistic music, took a turn towards a more tuneful direction.  Despite criticism for writing tonally in an age of serialism, The Medium has reach wide sucesses including performances on Broadway.  Director Pascoe speaks directly about this as well as his vision to reach his Spoleto 2011 audience through an devastating post-war European lens.

John Pascoe introduces The Medium.





John Pascoe talks about his vision for the design of The Medium.



John Pascoe on Gian Carlo Menotti.



INTERVIEWS WITH THE WOMEN OF EMILIE

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The historical figure Emilie du Chatelet is the subject of Kaija Saariaho's opera Émilie.  The French noblewoman was a respected mathematician and physicist, and translated works of Isaac Newton that remain the definitive French text to this day.  The production at Spoleto features soprano Elizabeth Futral in a tour-de-force performance of the monodrama, sharing the stage only with a multimedia-rich set design.

Frank Dominguez chats with Kaija Saariaho about her opera.





Soprano Elizabeth Futral speaks with Frank Dominguez about the role and production of Emilie.



Emilie director Maryanne Weems speaks with Frank Dominguez about the opera.