Corona Radio Theater: ACT & A Christmas Carol – Three Decembers @ Opera San Jose – Hershey Felder
This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts in Times of Corona, we raise the virtual curtain of our Corona Radio Theater for an exclusive preview clip of the production of ACT of A Christmas Carol, which, for the first time in 44 years of history, will be presented as a radio play. Additionally, host David Latulippe chats with composer Jake Heggie, mezzo soprano Susan Graham, and singers Maya Kherani and Efraín Solís of the Opera San Jose about chamber opera. December three; and with actor, writer and pianist Hershey Felder on his next two holiday shows.
For more than four decades, the Bay Area holiday season was not complete without the acclaimed American Conservatory Theater (ACT) production of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol (photo: the 2019 production, with The Phantom of Jacob Marley (Ken Ruta) visiting Ebenezer Scrooge (Anthony Fusco)). The show continues this year, but the Bay Area’s favorite vacation tradition now comes to life as A Christmas Carol: On Air, a captivating radio play for the whole family.
Directed and adapted by Peter J. Kuo (who will join Open Air for a conversation), using original text by Dickens and the adaptation by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, this timeless tale of optimism and redemption features delicious music, delightfully spooky ghosts and character cast that made ACT’s Christmas song a beloved Bay Area vacation classic. Sound engineer Jake Rodriguez is also joining the conversation.
A Christmas Carol: On Air will be available to stream online from December 4 to 31.
Excerpt from the upcoming chamber opera production of Opera San Jose (OSJ) December three, we chat with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, and with Open Air composer and friend Jake Heggie, as well as with OSJ resident artists, soprano Maya Kherani and baritone Efraín Solís.
December three is based on the unpublished play Some Christmas letters by Tony Award-winning playwright Terrance McNally. The chamber opera follows the gripping story of a famous actress, Madeline Mitchell, and her two grown children, Beatrice and Charlie over three decades (1986, 1996 and 2006), showing a family struggling to connect. , as long-standing secrets unfold. light.
OSJ pianist and head of musical staff Veronika Agranov-Dafoe and pianist Sunny Yoon perform an intimate two-piano arrangement specially created and conducted for this production by OSJ resident conductor artist Christopher James Ray.
The 90-minute fully staged production, captured in OSJ’s new Fred Heiman Digital Media Studio and directed by Tara Branham, will be streaming on demand starting December 3.
Additionally, we chat with actor, writer and pianist Hershey Felder about his upcoming two holiday shows, which will be broadcast live from Europe on November 22 and December 20. Originally created for the stage and seen in sold-out productions across the United States, Felder has reshaped his work with new materials for the screen, which he presents in a cinematic setting.
In A Parisian love story, Felder paints an intimate portrait of the composer Claude Debussy as he takes the audience on a very personal journey through the city of Paris through compositions such as Moonlight, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and The sea.
In Tchaikovsky, based on the original Our great Tchaikovsky, Felder focuses more on Nutcracker ballet (in honor of Christmas) as well as Tchaikovsky’s life in Italy. The production will be broadcast live from Florence where the composer actually lived and worked.
Tickets and information can be found here.
Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, November 19 at 1 p.m. Subsequently archived at this location. Listen now or anytime …