In the second part of our wide-ranging interview with Professor Raymond Holden AM, we discuss Richard Strauss’s historical legacy as the last preeminent composer-conductor of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
On January 22, the Annapolis Opera Company held a concert at Temple B’Nai Israel in Easton, Maryland, where tribute was given to legendary American Jewish Broadway composers such as Irving Berlin, Steven Sondheim and Richard Rogers, among others.
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) is widely considered to be the last of the great composers who also influenced generations of younger conductors. One of them, Professor Raymond Holden of the Royal Academy of Music, discusses the composer’s life and legacy in a wide-raging interview.
The Annapolis Opera Company has established its own unique identity: it specializes in featuring up-and-coming arts professionals, which not only include aspiring singers but stage managers and others who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in the arts.
Operetta composer Emmerich Kálmán’s popularity rests, in part, on his deft fusion of Viennese waltz rhythms and the fiery strains of the csárdás, a Hungarian folk dance. Yvonne Kalman discusses her father’s legacy and her efforts to promote it internationally.
Franz Lehár (1870–1948) stands out as one of the most beloved operetta composers of all time. Yet, in our wide-ranging interview with Dr. Stefan Frey, a renowned scholar on the Hungarian composer, we also discuss the Nazi era.