Words First: Talking Text in Opera

Aliana de la Guardia and Geovonday Jones discuss Guerilla Opera’s Libretto Writing Workshop

May 24, 2021 Keturah Stickann/Aliana de la Guardia/Geovonday Jones Season 2 Episode 20
Words First: Talking Text in Opera
Aliana de la Guardia and Geovonday Jones discuss Guerilla Opera’s Libretto Writing Workshop
Show Notes

This episode, nearly a year from the first episode highlighting Guerilla Opera’s first Libretto Writing Workshop with Brenda Huggins, is again looking at the virtual workshops that Guerilla Opera is offering this season.

The first interview is with Aliana de la Guardia (https://www.alianadelaguardia.com/), who is the artistic director of Guerilla Opera in Boston, and who talks about the company’s mission, as well as the virtual workshops being offered.  We spend a particular amount of time on the Libretto Writing Workshop, which is entering its second year.

The second interview is with New York based actor, director, dramaturge, and writer, Geovonday Jones (https://www.geovondayjones.com/).  We talk about his approach to the workshop, his approach to teaching writing and dramaturgy, and his background as an artist, including our Missouri connection.  Geovonday is from Saint Louis, and got his undergrad at Missouri State in Springfield, which is also where he found a love for opera.  We might also talk about how to make a good caponata.

If you’re interested in the workshops being discussed, you can find them here: https://guerillaopera.org/education

And here’s a recipe for Caponata: https://www.themediterraneandish.com/caponata-recipe/