Words First: Talking Text in Opera

Kelley Rourke and David Walker

February 15, 2021 Keturah Stickann/David Walker/Kelley Rourke Season 2 Episode 7
Words First: Talking Text in Opera
Kelley Rourke and David Walker
Show Notes

Keturah begins this episode chatting with General Director of Palm Beach Opera and former countertenor, David Walker (https://pbopera.org/about-us-2/general-director/).  They discuss the aria Voi Che Udite (Here’s a link of David singing this aria on a set by John Conklin: https://youtu.be/cEQy5sfbs68  ) from Handel and Calzabigi’s Agrippina.  They also talk about the pangs of leaving performing, and briefly touch on Akhnaten, Partenope, and The Elephant Man.

Keturah’s second interview is with librettist and dramaturge, Kelley Rourke (https://www.kelleyrourke.com/about-1).  Kelley is the author of numerous song cycles, operas, and translations, and is also the resident dramaturge at Washington National Opera (https://www.kennedy-center.org/wno/home/) and The Glimmerglass Festival (https://glimmerglass.org/).  They discuss how John Conklin (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Conklin) helped her find her way in the business, what it’s like working as a collaborator, and where the inspiration for her writing comes from.

Here’s a link to works by Kelley Rourke: https://www.kelleyrourke.com/projects-1