Wednesday, October 30, 2013

San Diego Opera Podcast - The Music of the Season: Don Quixote

Jules Massenet was a master of scene setting. Just as a scenic designer is responsible for coming up with a theatrical set that matches the location, mood and era of the drama, a composer must do much the same thing, using musical elements as his building blocks. Watch Nicolas Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education and Outreach describe how this French master 'paints' the story of Don Quixote through his brilliant music.

Monday, October 7, 2013

San Diego Opera Podcast - The Music of the Season: A Masked Ball

Gershwin's famous Tin Pan Alley tune, "I've Got Rhythm" came to mind during the production of this podcast, because Verdi's A Masked Ball (Un ballo in maschera) is ALL about rhythm and how rhythmic choices help to hone in on the personalities and emotions of the characters in this wonderful opera. Join Nicolas Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education and Outreach for an unusual look at one of the masterpieces of the great Giuseppe Verdi, who turns 200 this week!

Inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustav III, A Masked Ball is powerful, threatening, dangerous and romantic. Although the close relationship between Sweden’s King Gustav III and Amelia, wife of his best friend, Count Anckarström, has never crossed the line, jealousy and politics cause Anckarström to join a band of conspirators and ultimately to murder the King in front of his wife at a masked ball. As he dies, Gustav reveals the truth, and in operatic tradition, pardons Anckarström. With the internationally celebrated stars Piotr Beczala, Krassimira Stoyanova, Stephanie Blythe and Aris Argiris A Masked Ball promises to be one of the most powerful operas ever seen on our stage. 1102AM


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