Teachout Shares the Recipe for Making an Opera

January 27, 2011

Terry Teachout
Photo by David Noe


As a part of the Winter Park Institute’s 2011 season, Terry Teachout, drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, delivered his second public presentation, Making an Opera, on January 25, 2011.

In 2009, the Santa Fe Opera premiered The Letter, an opera by Teachout and Pulitzer-winning composer Paul Moravec based on W. Somerset Maugham’s 1927 play. Now the two are collaborating on Danse Russe, a backstage comedy about the creation of The Rite of Spring. This opera will be premiered by Philadelphia’s Center City Opera Theater in the spring of 2011.

In partnership with the music department of Rollins College, Teachout presented a sneak preview of excerpts from Danse Russe and talked about the challenge of writing his first original opera libretto. Daniel Crozier, associate professor of music theory and composition, also a composer of opera, facilitated the evening.

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By Brittany Fornof '11

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