|The new Production in Chicago
apparently caught the attention of the press in New York City.
Here is a brief portion of a review . . . . .
OPERA: CHICAGO'S LYRIC IN 'MARRIAGE OF FIGARO'
By DONAL HENAHAN, Special to The New York Times
Published: December 11, 1987
Metropolitan Opera audiences who know Peter Hall only as the director of two famously lackluster productions, ''Macbeth'' and ''Carmen,'' must have a seriously distorted view of his talents. As often happens, the right man was hired for the wrong jobs. The prolific Englishman's work is more justly represented by his stagings of Mozart operas, particularly for the Glyndebourne Festival, of which he has been artistic director since 1984. In any event, the ''Marriage of Figaro'' that Mr. Hall has produced for his debut season with Lyric Opera of Chicago demonstrates that he is a Mozart man to the bone, one who knows the difference between an ensemble and a collection of singers. (...)
Productions of Sir Peter Hall at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Marriage of Figaro
1987-88 with Ramey, Ewing, Lott, Raimondi, von Stade, Korn, Benelli, Kern; Davis, von Heidecke
1991-92 with Ramey, McLaughlin, Lott, Schimmel, von Stade, Loup, Benelli, Palmer, Futural (Barbarina); Davis, von Heidecke
1997-98 with Terfel, Futural (Susanna), Fleming, Hagegård, Graham, Travis, Davies, Cook; Mehta, Tallchief
2003-04 (Opening Night) with Tigges, Bayrakdarian, Swensen, Mattei, McNeese/Krull, Silvestrelli, Ziegler, Davies; Davis, von Heidecke
2009-10 with Ketelsen, De Neise, Schwanenwilms/Cabell/Majeski, Kwiechen, DiDonato, Silvestrelli, Curnow, Jameson; Davis/Vordoni, Tye
Salome 1988-89 with Ewing, Nimsgern, King, Fassbaender, Farina; Slatkin
Così fan tutte 1993-94 with Vaness/Magee, Ziegler, Lewis, Black, Rolandi, Desderi; Davis
Otello 2001-02 (Opening Night) with Heppner, Fleming/Esperian, Gallo, Kaufmann (Cassio), Davis
Midsummer Marriage 2005-06 with Watson, Kaiser/Ramsay, Rose, Tappan, Wyn-Rogers, Arwady, Langan; Davis
© 1987 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in a dressing room backstage at the Civic Opera House in Chicago on November 5, 1987. Portions were broadcast on WNIB three days later, and again in 1990. This transcription was made in 2014, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
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Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM, as well as on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.