May 19, 2008 (Vol. 7, No. 9)
'Conversations' Wins a Telly
The "Conversations" series with Professor William M. Hoffman (Journalism, Communication, and Theatre) has won a 2008 Telly Award for its interview with Kent Nagano, musical director of the Bavarian State Opera, and Unsuk Chin, composer and librettist of the opera Alice in Wonderland. The category was cultural programming.
The interviews were conducted last November in Munich at the National Theatre, home of the Bayerische Staatsoper (the Bavarian State Opera). It was the first overseas trip for the Lehman-produced television interview series, which just concluded its sixth season.
"Conversations" features interviews with major theater and musical figures of our times, such as Peter Gelb, the dynamic new head of the Metropolitan Opera, and legendary playwrights Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, and Arthur Laurents. Guests sit on a sparse stage set with two chairs, a coffee table, and a signature bouquet of red roses—and talk about their professional experiences in a casual, free-flowing discussion.