Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hearing voices

Had the chance to hear two quite different kinds of song over the last two days: a reprise of the revue "Words By Ira Gershwin," in a return engagement a North County Repertory Theater (where it had its premiere), and Handel's "Agrippina," performed by the up-and-coming singers participating in this year's Opera NEO summer workshop. Well done, both! We all know the songs the Gerswhin brothers wrote together, but who know that Ira also wrote the words for "The Man Who Got Away," "Long Ago and Far Away" or "My Ship" (with Kurt Weill, of all people!)?

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