'Opera Idiot' Sam Waterston to co-host opera awards
By VERENA DOBNIK
Associated Press Writer, 11/19/05
NEW YORK -- Emotionally, it's "a direct whammy."
That's how "Law & Order" star Sam Waterston described the power
of opera, before co-hosting the first Opera News magazine awards.
The awards, to be presented Sunday at Manhattan's Pierre hotel,
go to three Americans - mezzo-sopranos Susan Graham and Dolora
Zajick, and conductor James Conlon - plus Spanish tenor Placido
Domingo and French soprano Regine Crespin.
Presenters include Broadway star Patti Lupone and playwright
About his first encounter with opera as a teenager, the 65-year-old
Waterston deadpanned: "For an opera idiot like myself, the first
impression is that it expresses the size of the feelings in
people's hearts. That can't be adequately done, except for these
big guns of voices and a vast orchestra. When it comes to feelings,
opera is a direct whammy."
[log in to unmask]