WRITING

When time has permitted, Elena Park has enjoyed writing about arts and culture ~ and many times, interviews have given her access to incredible individuals she would not otherwise meet, or the opportunity to know artists she admires a little better. Most of her writing has been for the San Francisco Chronicle and outlets such as Playbill and Metropolitan Opera publications. A selection:

 

For the San Francisco Chronicle

Ushio Amagatsu inteview: Sankai Juku brings personal vision of butoh (Nov 7, 2010)

William Forsythe interview: End of one ballet company simply means a stretch into something new for director William Forsythe (June 1, 2004)

Philip Glass interview: 3 Nights of Film and Philip Glass (Feb 16, 2006)

Kitty Carlisle Hart interview: Here's to Life (Jan 11, 2006)

Bill T. Jones interview: Fela explores the man behind the myth (Nov 13, 2011)

Robert Lepage inteview: Robert Lepage steps into Eonnagata dance role (Feb 6, 2011)

Bebe Neuwirth interview: Seeking life's simple truths, Neuwirth returns to the stage (Apr 28, 2005)

Yoko Ono interview: Ono's Memories Pivotal in Shaping Lennon (Apr 10, 2005)

Clive Owen inteview: A Funny Shoot for Owen (Aug 30, 2007)

Fiona Shaw/Deborah Warner interview: Abbey rethinks Medea / Irish troupe brings new interpretation to classic (Nov 10, 2002)

 

For the Met OPERA, PLAYBILL & MORE

John Adams interview: John Adams's Rules of Engagement (Apr 2007)

John Adams and Peter Sellars Q&A: The Myth of History / Almost 25 years after its world premiere, John Adams and Peter Sellars discuss the creation of Nixon in China (Feb 2011)

Thomas Adès Q&A: Creating a Storm / Thomas Adès's contemporary masterpiece comes to the Met, with the composer conducting Robert Lepage's magical production (Sept 2012)

Philip Glass feature and Q&A : The Force of Truth: Satyagraha at the Met // The Message in the Music: Philip Glass talks about Gandhi as an opera subject and why his message still resonates today (Sept 2008)

Robert Lepage Q&A: The Siren Call of the Tempest / Director Robert Lepage talks about his personal history with Shakespeare's play and the challenges of bringing Thomas Adès's opera to the stage (Sept 2013)

Nico Muhly interview and Q&A: The Masked Ball/Nico Muhly's Two Boys conjures the early days of the Internet to explore identity, disguise and and personal connection (Sept 2013)  //   The Musical World of Nico Muhly (Sept 2013)

 

PLUS

James Levine: 40 Years at the Metropolitan Opera (Amadeus Press): As Editorial Director of this book, Elena worked closely with Maestro James Levine. With vivid, historic photographs, it featured insightful commentary from the Maestro and anecdotes from Met artists who have collaborated with him over the course of his legendary career.