Thursday, April 2, 2015

Terrence McNally Meets Bel Canto - Again

New Terrence McNally play to be premiered by Philadelphia Theatre Company

Terrence McNally Meets Bel Canto - Again

Terrence McNally finds drama backstage at the opera in his newest play, The Golden Age. The action takes place in the Théâtre-Italien in Paris on the evening of the premiere of Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani. The play will be given its world premiere next season by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, which, after a Philadelphia run, takes it on the road to the Kennedy Center to be part of “Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera” Festival.

Opera has been good to McNally and McNally has been good for PTC. The theater company and playwright premiered the Maria Callas-inspired Master Class, which played the Kennedy Center and Broadway and won three Tony Awards.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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