Ricky Ian Gordon

Cityscape
6:16 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis World Premiere Explores The World Of Gertrude Stein

Stephanie Blythe as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas
Credit Ken Howard

When Opera Theatre of Saint Louis approached Ricky Ian Gordon about writing an opera for mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, he was thrilled. “Stephanie is sort of a phenomenon. She’s probably the only singer that makes the Met feel too small,” said Gordon to Cityscape host Steve Potter. “It’s very exciting writing for a singer that bears that kind of vocal stature on the stage.  And the minute her name was mentioned to me as someone to write an opera for, I said ‘Gertrude Stein’ because I thought the personality has to match the voice.”

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