Words First: Talking Text in Opera

Greg Pierce, Karen Kamensek, and Adapted Work

April 05, 2021 Keturah Stickann/Greg Pierce, Karen Kamensek Season 2 Episode 14
Words First: Talking Text in Opera
Greg Pierce, Karen Kamensek, and Adapted Work
Show Notes

Keturah begins this episode speaking with conductor, Karen Kamensek, who talks to her about a moment in Verdi and Boito’s Otello that moves her.  They also talk about Falstaff, and the frustrations of being an artist during Covid.

Keturah’s second interview is with librettist and playwright, Greg Pierce, who collaborated with Gregory Spears on Fellow Travelers, Nico Muhly on The Glitch, and is in the process of collaborating with Kevin Puts on The Hours, which will premiere at the Met.  They discuss adaptation, as well as the differences between writing plays and writing libretti.

Karen Kamensek: https://www.karenkamensek.com/
Arrigo Boito: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Arrigo-Boito
Greg Pierce: https://www.lyricopera.org/about/company/artists-musicians/composers-librettists/greg-pierce/
Gregory Spears: http://www.gregoryspears.com/
Nico Muhly: http://nicomuhly.com/
Kevin Puts: http://www.kevinputs.com/