‘Merry Widow’ delights under pressure

Sometimes when disaster strikes, wonderful things result. The story of Independent Opera Company‘s (IOC) opening of The Merry Widow on January 18 started about two hours before show time, when the producers learned that the singer playing one of the roles, Baron Zeta, would not be able to perform.  The big question:  as this was … Read more

Simply Shakespeare

Independent Opera Company — Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ Sunday, June 16, 2013 When Galina Barskaya (right) started Independent Opera Company in 2012, there was instant buzzing among local singers.  Opera companies are more likely to be started by singers or conductors than those more likely known for their work at the piano.  But it was and is Barskaya’s combined … Read more

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