Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Meet our Marschallin, Twyla Robinson

As we announced last week, we have a new Marschallin, the wonderful (and delightful) Twyla Robinson. Twyla came into town last week and during her busy rehearsal schedule sat down to record this short podcast with us.

Come take a listen and you'll see why all of us here are excited to welcome Twyla to our Company.

You can download the podcast here. Enjoy!


Ritterorden said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful podcast. I only wish that it had been a video interview. As the Cincinnati opera's photo gallery of its Meistersinger shows, Twyla was the definitive embodiment of Eva, the first American singer I've ever heard to give Eva the youthful qualities, in voice and appearance, that the role requires:

Twyla has such a soft, charming speaking voice -- as beautiful, in its own way, as her singing voice.

I actually enjoyed the personal, biographical aspects of the interview most of all. To think -- we almost lost this voice to "country or gospel." How fortunate that opera stole her heart.

I absolutely love her coinage for her Fach: the "Heldensoubrette." Yes! That's so fitting. That's the term for her voice exactly. It's why her Eva was so spot on. And could anything be better for the Marschallin?

I think it's perfect that the Marschallin will be sung with Twyla's Jugendlich tone. It will reveal a less dusky, more vibrant Marschallin than one usually hears, disclosing the girl that still lives in the heart of the woman. That's how I'm imagining it, anyway.

A cross-country journey to hear the performance would not be out of order. But for those of us who miss it, I hope that San Diego might be able to preserve this staging on video, if at all possible.

San Diego Opera said...

Thank you for your lovely comments.

We'll be conducting two video interviews next week and should have them up online a few days later.

They'll be posted here so you won't miss them.

We will record this opera for broadcast on the radio in May which can be streamed online. I don't have the dates in front of me right now but will post them shortly.

San Diego Opera said...

Here are the radio airdates for our 2011 season:

Turandot – Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 7 PM

Der Rosenkavalier – Sunday, June 3, 2011 at 7 PM

Faust – Sunday, June 10, 2011 at 7 PM

Carmen – Sunday, June 17, 2011 at 7 PM

KPBS Radio can be found on 89.5 FM, 89.1 FM in La Jolla and 97.7 FM in the Imperial Valley or online at