Tuesday, June 18, 2013

San Diego Opera Podcast: Opera 101 - The Duet

The duet may seem to be a pretty simple musical form featured in opera that really doesn't need any explanation, right? But there's a little more to it than just "this person sings, then that person sings, then they sing together!" Dr. Nic Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education & Outreach for San Diego Opera, lets you in on what kinds of duets exist in opera and how they communicate the feelings of the characters using the love duet from Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, A Masked Ball. Enjoy!

Monday, June 10, 2013

San Diego Opera Podcast - Opera 101: I've Heard This Before

...and we've all heard the comment, "I've heard that opera before, seen it many times, I don't need to go again." But it's a different cast, maybe a different production, a different night...that's what is so exciting about live theatre, live opera! Let Dr. Nicolas Reveles, our Director of Education & Outreach set you straight, using as an example the climactic phrases from "Vesti la giubba", Canio's aria in Leoncavallo's opera, Pagliacci. You may start re-thinking how you approach an opera season that may contain one of those 'standard' operas!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Where in the world are they now?

Now that our 2014 season has been announced, let's take a look at some of the artists in our 2014 season to see where they are up to right now.

Tenor Carlo Ventre who returns  to sing Canio in PAGLIACCI is spending the summer at Arena di Verona singing Radames in AIDA and Manrico in IL TROVATORE.

Soprano Adina Nitescu who will make her Company debut as Nedda in PAGLIACCI just wrapped up performances of Cio-Cio San in MADAMA BUTTERFLY.


Baritone David Adam Moore who returns to us to sing Silvio in PAGLIACCI just finished spending some time at the Lyric Opera of Chicago singing Stanley Kowaliski in A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE and Jud Fry in OKLAHOMA. While there, he took in a baseball game.


Soprano Tatiana Lisnic will make her American debut when she sings Aidna in THE ELIXIR OF LOVE. She is currently singing Marguerite in FAUST with the Hamburg State Opera.

Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti makes his Company debut as Nemorino in THE ELIXIR OF LOVE. He is currently at the Munich State Opera singing the title role of THE TALES OF HOFFMANN.


Bass John Del Carlo, who returns as Dr. Dulcamara in THE ELIXIR OF LOVE, is preparing for the role of Sacristan in TOSCA for the Metropolitan Opera.

Tenor Piotr Beczala will return to sing Gustav III in A MASKED BALL as well as in our Verdi Requiem. He is currently singing Romeo in ROMEO AND JULIET at the Vienna State Opera and afterwards, sings Alfredo Germont in LA TRAVIATA in Munich.


Soprano Krassimira Stoyanova makes her Company debut as Amelia in A MASKED BALL and also sings in our Verdi Requiem. She is currently singing Amelia Grimaldi in SIMON BOCCANEGRA in Munich and will then sing the title role of ANNA BOLENA at the Vienna State Opera.

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe also makes her Company debut in A MASKED BALL as Madame Arvidson. She'll also sing in our Verdi Requiem. She just finished up a series of performances at the Metropolitan Opera including Azucena in IL TROVATORE, Ulrica (Madame Arvidson) in A MASKED BALL, and Fricka in DAS RHEINGOLD and  DIE WALKURE. She heads of shortly to Seattle Opera for their Ring Cycle.


Baritone Aris Argiris makes his Company debut as Count Anckarstrom in A MASKED BALL. He is currently singing the title tole DON GIOVANNI in Bonn.

Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto was seen last season as Thomas Becket in MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL and returns to us to sing in the Verdi Requiem and in the title role of DON QUIXOTE. He recently went to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden to sing King Philip in DON CARLO and Jacopo Fiesco in SIMON BOCCANEGRA, roles he will sing later this year at the Vienna State Opera.

We'll revisit our 2014 in the Fall to see what they are up to then.

San Diego Opera Podcast - Opera 101: What is an Aria?

Continuing our 'summer school series' on opera basics, today we explore the aria, moving very quickly from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo to Verdi's A Masked Ball (Un ballo in maschera). Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education & Outreach for San Diego Opera explains it all for you in a fun and informative way. Enjoy!