Libby Larsen Opera in Staged Reading, Oct. 31

Libby Larsen Opera in Staged Reading, Oct. 31

Libby Larsen’s “Barnum’s Bird,” a chamber opera about Jenny Lind, the superstar soprano “Swedish nightingale” and P.T. Barnum, who launched her on a 150-performance U.S. tour, will receive a staged reading at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City on Thurs. Oct. 31. Larsen describes her work as a means to ponder our culture’s dilemma: what is art, what is entertainment? … The story of Jenny Lind, a hardheaded businesswoman and a world-class artist, and P. T. Barnum, an equally hardheaded businessman and a world-class showman, is a compelling musical drama. It is also an extraordinary vehicle to…

Nannerl Mozart, No Longer Forgotten

The Other Mozart Written by Sylvia Milo Sylvia Milo as Nannerl Mozart Directed by Isaac Byrne Review of performance July 8, 2014 at HERE Arts Center in New York City The Other Mozart tells an archetypical story—of musical brilliance, ambition, dedication and talent—thwarted by oppressive and insurmountable societal factors. This vividly dramatized portrayal of Maria Anna (nicknamed Nannerl) Mozart, is a story of ambition thwarted and talent crushed.  Through Nannerl’s eyes we get a glimpse of what might have been—but wasn’t.  That Nannerl, like her younger brother Wolfgang, was a precocious talent is clear. But she faced limitations from earliest childhood, specifically because…