Opera PodcastsJune 21, 2011


Producer Eric Schultz chats with Richard Russell, General Director of Opera New Jersey, about the company’s 2011 summer season at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Menotti’s The Consul, Rossini’s Barber of Seville and Pasatieri’s new opera The Family Room are all on the bill.

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Eric Schultz
Eric Schultz

Eric Schultz is an award-winning producer and director of arts, cultural and environmental programming. He is a founding member of PCK Media, LLC and has worked at several PBS affiliated stations. Eric has produced a variety of programming for PBS, APT, NJTV, and WHYY, and is a regular contributor to State of the Arts, the award-wining weekly arts program. In the fall of 2006, PBS distributed his documentary, Peanuts Gallery, the recipient of the 2006 NETA Award for Best Performance Program, and in 2009, American Public Television (APT) distributed his documentary Bonaparte’s Retreat, which tells the story of the American exile of Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon’s older brother. In 2012, PBS will nationally distribute another of Eric’s documentaries, Mel Leipzig: Everything is Paintable. In 2011, Eric completed the critically acclaimed environmental documentary, Rescuing the River: the Raritan. This hour-long documentary, narrated by Avery Brooks, chronicles the development of industry along New Jersey’s longest river, and looks at various attempts to clean up the considerable pollution left behind. Eric trained as a cellist and during the 1980s performed with orchestras and chamber groups in Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Michigan, and time allows, continues to play with musical groups throughout the Northeast.

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    Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJMAY 11, 2012 AT 4:22 PM
    As a New Jersey resident, knowing the long distinguished history of our own New Jersey Symphony, I am gratified at the scheduling of the different symphony orchestras, on a daily change, from the many states still commercially viable to maintain them, at the prestigious Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. I have sung four solo concerts, three of them three hours long at that deservedly respected and honored venue. It helps us recognize the cultural potential within our own communities. Born and living in Jersey City, NJ I had the distinct advantage of proximity to the Met Opera and the New York City Opera and to Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Lewissohn Stadium to attend both rehearsals and performances of major orchestras and chamber music ensembles. I had started my professional career at age seventeen and was known sufficiently to receive entrance to rehearsals and broadcasts at Carnegie Hall by Mr. Turner, the house manager. Even at Toscanini’s Studio 8 H as well his Carnegie Hall rehearsals and broadcasts, access to the Toscanini events I had by my friendship at Juilliard with a violinist in the NBC Symphony who represented me as a family member. At age 10 I heard on WNYC a broadcast of the recording of Toscanini’s conducting the New York Philharmonic in the Rhine Journey and Funeral Music. This recording was made long, long before his recording with the NBC Symphony. That hearing encouraged me to borrow from our major library in Jersey City, on Jersey Avenue, the piano vocal scores of all the Wagner operas from Der fliegender Hollander to Parsifal and the full orchestra scores of the RING and TRISTAN. I started studying composition and composing from then on. . My study of voice with Friedrich Schorr, Alexander Kipnis, Margarete Matzernauer, Frieda Hempel, Martial Singher, Mack Harrell, John Brownlee and Karin Branzell, all leading singers at the Met Opera before they retired, prepared me for my rep decisions. Schorr, Kipnis and Singher I saw in performances at the Met long before I got to study with them. I studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Goeb. I am a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor, the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, and an opera composer of “Shakespeare” and “The Political Shakespeare. My websites where one may download, free, 37 complete selections out of the one hundred that I sang in four main hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium, solo concerts, I repeat, three of them three hours long.