Links: All about Ricky

In this weekend’s Washington Post, two ways of looking at Ricky Ian Gordon, plus a librettist’s-eye-view.

Setting the Civil War, one song at a time, by Anne Midgette: a profile of the composer and his upcoming work ”Rappahannock County.”

“Rappahannock County” librettist explains his process, by Anne Midgette: Mark Campbell talks about creating the texts for five different premieres.

Urban Arias’s sweet triumph of a debut, by Anne Midgette. A review of “Orpheus and Euridice,” a 2005 song cycle by Ricky Ian Gordon, which opened the new opera company/festival Urban Arias on Thursday night.

Plus, Web-only review: Green Sneakers at Urban Arias, by Charles T. Downey.

That’s a lot of coverage of Ricky Ian Gordon. But Ricky Ian Gordon has a lot of operas going on these days: two chamber works running in Arlington through April 10, followed by a brand-new song cycle on April 12. Gordon straddles a musical-theater sensibility and an opera composer’s ambitions; some might call the result lightweight, but it’s a lightweight that a lot of people clearly enjoy hearing.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.

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