Bel canto is a much misunderstood operatic/vocal term. If you're not familiar with the term, you're in luck because today's podcast will help define its meaning. Donizetti, for instance, is considered a bel canto composer; but what does that really mean? Is it just a musical term or does it perhaps have something to do with the text of an opera, it's poetry? Let Dr. Nicolas Reveles, The Geisel Director of Education & Outreach for San Diego Opera, explain it all to you!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
San Diego Opera's Nicolas Reveles journeys to Hacienda de las Rosas Winery to discuss Donizetti's sparkling comedy, "The Elixir of Love" ("L'elisir d'amore"), in which a con artist convinces villagers that an ordinary bottle of wine possesses magical qualities and hilarity ensues.
Monday, September 23, 2013
In a podcast focusing on the music of Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, Nicolas Reveles, The Geisel Director of Education and Outreach for San Diego Opera, shows how opera communicates dramatic moments, atmosphere, the emotions of the characters, even the physical environment within which the characters find themselves. A 'must see' for audience members new to opera or those who want to deepen their experience!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
San Diego Opera's Nic Reveles guides us through the history and music of Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci." Leoncavallo's popular verismo opera draws upon the Commedia dell'arte tradition to tell its story of fatal jealousy set in the Italian countryside.
Monday, September 16, 2013
How is it that some of the most beautiful and rhythmically infectious 'Spanish' music is by French composers? Think of Bizet's Carmen! Massenet pulls off a similar trick in his beautiful opera Don Quichotte, or Don Quixote. Watch and listen as Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education & Outreach for San Diego Opera, takes you through it. Enjoy!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Verdi is at his best when he's dealing with politics and passion. Throw in a very true historical story (the assassination of Gustav III of Sweden at a masked opera ball in 1792) and you have the makings of terrific opera. Watch and listen as Nicolas Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education & Outreach for San Diego Opera takes you through the historical background of this great work, A Masked Ball.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The Elixir of Love could well be considered Gaetano Donizetti's ultimate romantic comedy and Nicolas Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education and Outreach for San Diego Opera makes that point (and more!) in this delightful look at San Diego Opera's second offering for the 2014 Season. Enjoy!