Baritone Ruben Drole plays the flighty bird catcher Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute. He reveals his impressions of the character he plays and hints at some exciting stage effects involving Papageno. Choreographer Cédric Andrieux also speaks about the intimacy and meditative quality of his dance.
Vaulting jumps and foot-stomping gospel: the Australian troupe Circa takes strength and balance to new heights, and composer Bob Telson on The Gospel at Colonus — the story of Oedipus set in an African-American church.
Conductor Joseph Flummerfelt on the Choral/Orchestral concert ; Jack McCray looks forward to Béla Fleck, and clarinetist Todd Palmer tells the story of the piece he commissioned based on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.
Pianist Sarah Cahill talks about A Sweeter Music which features compositions by a number of contemporary artists including 19-year-old Preben Antonsen. We also hear from director Mike Shepherd, and actor Patrycja Kujawska of The Red Shoes, a retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen story.
Oboist James Austin Smith and violist Carolyn Blackwell talk about the Spoleto Festival USA 2011's chamber music lineup and what it means to be a "freshman" in the ensembles. Resident composer Osvaldo Golijov also speaks about writing new music for today's audience.
Conductor James Gaffigan introduces an upcoming Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra concert at Guilliard Auditorium and soprano Elizabeth Futral, composer Kaija Saariaho, and director Marianne Weems discuss the opera Émilie and its United States premiere.
Ángel Corella talks about what makes Spanish ballet different. Cross-dressing theatre artist Taylor Mac explains why his shows include audience participation. And Joseph Flummerfelt and John Pascoe reflect on Menotti's The Medium.