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Elliot Norton Reviews; Donald Gramm Opera Company


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Elliot Norton Reviews
Donald Gramm Opera Company
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Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Elliot Norton interviews Donald Gramm, bass baritone opera singer and actor at the Opera Company of Boston, where he has sung in 105 performances since its opening in 1958. He talks about his recent production of Charles Gounod’s Faust and his current production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (The Cavalier of the Rose). He plans to return to Boston in June as Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Metropolitan Opera. Norton says that Gramm has sung 78 different roles in grand opera and Gramm talks about the seven performances he could perform from memory, including his most recent two productions. Gramm talks about how he rehearses for and performs in several different productions at a time. He talks about his habit of writing his lines on the props and set of his show. He tells the story of a performance he did in Russian as Varlaam in Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov, when he wrote his lines on a large champagne bottle prop. He talks about his opinion of the relationships between directors and actors and his lack of understanding about what acting is and how it works.

Director: Russ Fortier. Taped 3/10/1981.

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
Chicago: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Donald Gramm Opera Company,” 03/10/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C43603C9D0614E4383E2D11E37824EFF.
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