Elizabeth Proctor's dearest hope
By Brenda Tremblay ~ Posted Thu, 08/04/2016 - 11:43am
After Robert Ward left The Eastman School of Music in the 1930â€™s, he went on to study with Aaron Copland. Ward crafted a musical language that would earn him a 1962 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his opera The Crucible, based on Arthur Millerâ€™s iconic play. (Wardâ€™s son says he remembers finding his parents unexpectedly drinking champagne in the kitchen; thatâ€™s how he found out his father had won a Pulitzer.)
This year the Glimmerglass Festival is offering a fresh take on the dark tale of revenge and paranoia.
Jamie Barton is starring as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible.
Sheâ€™s the winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, the winner of both the Main and the Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and a Grammy nominee. Sheâ€™s also very down-to-earth, as youâ€™ll hear in this unedited podcast with producers Brenda Tremblay and Mona Seghatoleslami.
The last performance of The Crucible is Saturday, August 27th. The production will air on WXXI-FM in the future.
Jamie Barton as Elizabeth Proctor, Brian Mulligan as John Proctor and Maren Weinberger as Mary Warren in The Glimmerglass Festival's production of Robert Ward's "The Crucible." Photo: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival