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The Cast on 'Romulus' and Chamber Opera

by Cristina Necula


Describe your experience of working with Louis Karchin on Romulus.

Steven Ebel
: Romulus has been the closest I’ve come to the world of straight theater in opera. From the beginning, I knew the piece would be challenging. In learning the structure of rhythms and pitches, Lou was helpful, honest, and particular. The work with the director, Peter Flynn, made the action connect to the score. It was an exciting challenge and a pleasure to participate in.

Thomas Meglioranza: The music was challenging, but Lou went to unusual lengths to make the process of learning the piece as easy as possible. Months before the first rehearsal, we received study recordings of Lou singing the vocal lines with piano accompaniment, as well as a “karaoke” track without voice. Sometimes having a composer around during the rehearsal period can be stressful, but Lou was always a very supportive presence. He was strict with us about musical matters, but always seemed so happy and g...

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