Portland Opera – Galileo Galilei

by James Bash James Bash writes articles fora variety of publications, including magazines such as Opera America, OpenSpaces, Opera, MUSO, International Arts Manager, American Record Guide,Symphony, Opera Canada, and PSU Magazine. The newspapers include Crosscut, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Oregonian, The Columbian, The Portland Tribune, The Register-Guard, and Willamette Week. James has also written a number of articles for the Oregon Arts Commission andcontributed articles to the 2nd edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music. James was a fellow to the 2008 NEA Journalism Institute for Classical Music and Opera. He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America (mcana.org) and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kathy. 19.04.2012

Introduction

Some people think that after you die, you get the chance to review your entire life. But Philip Glass’s opera, “Galileo Galilei,” shows that you can do this while you’re still alive. Starting with Galileo in his last years, this opera travels backwards until it reaches Galileo as a young boy who is watching one of his father’s operas. This style of history in reverse works incredibly well in the hands of the talented director Kevin Newbury, who made Galileo’s life entertaining and understandable for Portland Opera’s all-new production at the Newmark Theatre on March 30.
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