17 March 2015

Opera Blog: Conversation with Michael Beckerman about “Kátya Kabanová”




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (03/17/2015)   Magda Romanska, BLO Dramaturg and Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at Emerson College, talks to Prof. Michael Beckerman, a world-renowned musicologist, specializing in Czech and Eastern European music and the works of Janáček, Dvořák, and Martinu. Prof. Beckerman is a recipient of the Janáček Medal from the […]

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25 November 2014

Opera Blog: A Conversation with Byron Adams about “The Love Potion”




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera blog (11/25/14). Magda Romanska, BLO Dramaturg and Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at Emerson College, talks to Prof. Byron Adams about Frank Martin’s The Love Potion. Prof. Adams is a world-renowned musicologist, composer, and a leading expert on Frank Martin. Prof. Adams specializes in British music of the nineteenth and twentieth […]

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18 October 2014

Opera Blog: A Conversation with David Rosen about “La Traviata”




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera blog (10/17/14). Magda Romanska, BLO Dramaturg and Associate Professor at Emerson College, talks to Prof. David Rosen about Verdi’s La Traviata. Prof. Rosen is a world-renowned musicologist, a leading expert on Verdi, and Professor Emeritus of Music at Cornell University. Prof. Rosen was responsible for the critical edition of Verdi’s […]

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14 June 2014

Between Art and Science: A Conversation with Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize-winner, scientist, playwright and poet




Originally posted at The Cosmopolitan Review (6/14/14).  Roald Hoffmann was born in 1937 in Złoczów, Poland. Having survived the German Nazi occupation, in 1946 he left Poland with his family for Czechoslovakia, Austria, Germany and arrived in the U.S.A. on February 22, 1949, at the age of 11. He studied chemistry at Columbia and Harvard Universities […]

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2 May 2014

Opera Blog: A Conversation with Mary Ann Smart about “I puritani”




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (5/1/14). BLO Dramaturg, Magda Romanska talks to Mary Ann Smart, Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley about I Puritani. Professor Smart is the author of the book, Mimomania: Music and Gesture in Nineteenth-Century Opera, the editor of the critical edition of Donizetti’s last opera, Dom Sébastien, […]

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17 March 2014

Opera Blog: A Conversation with David Rosen about “Rigoletto”




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (3/17/14). Magda Romanska, BLO Dramaturg and visiting associate professor at Harvard University, talks to Professor David Rosen about Verdi’s Rigoletto. Professor Rosen is a world-renowned musicologist, a leading expert on Verdi, and professor emeritus of Music at Cornell University. Professor Rosen was responsible for the critical edition of Verdi’s […]

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15 November 2013

Opera Blog: A Conversation with Cheree Carlson about “Lizzie Borden”




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (11/15/13). BLO Dramaturg Magda Romanska talks to Cheree Carlson, a professor of Communication and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Professor Carlson is an expert on issues of gender and media representation, and the author of a book, The Crimes of Womanhood: Defining Femininity in a Court of Law, […]

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1 October 2013

Opera Blog: “The Magic Flute”: A Conversation with Professor Neal Zaslaw




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera Blog (10/1/13). Magda Romanska, BLO Dramaturg and Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at Emerson College, talks to Professor Neal Zaslaw about Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Prof. Zaslaw is a world-renowned musicologist and the leading expert on Mozart. Between 1978 and 1982 he supervised recordings of all of Mozart’s symphonies by Jaap […]

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11 September 2012

Genuine Illusions of our Times: Richard Foreman in conversation with Magda Romanska




Originally posted at HotReview (9/11/12). [The following conversation with Richard Foreman was conducted on October 12, 2001, one month after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Some short excerpts were printed in Theater magazine (32:1, Winter 2002), but this is the first time the interview has been published in its entirety. More than a decade after the traumatic […]

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20 March 2012

Conversation with Lawrence Switzky about Robert Lepage’s “The Andersen Project”




Originally posted at ArtsEmerson Blog (3/20/12). In anticipation of The Andersen Project, Emerson professor Magda Romanska talks to Lawrence Switzky, professor of English and drama at The University of Toronto and author of The Rise of the Theatre Director: Negotiations with the Material World. Prof. Switzky specializes in modern and contemporary dramatic literature, the history of […]

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