April 11, 1990 |
Most opera singers fret over their ups and downs, but baritone David Malis is infatuated with perilous descents . . . just as long as the downhill plunge is on the latest roller coaster. Malis, who returns to the San Diego Opera stage Saturday as Papageno in Mozart's "Die Zauberflote," is an enthusiastic member of American Coaster Enthusiasts, known by its acronym ACE.
February 7, 1992 |
If soprano Cheryl Parrish had followed her parents' wishes, she would be singing gospel music instead of Susanna in San Diego Opera's "Le Nozze di Figaro." Growing up in a Tyler, Tex., parsonage, Cheryl was taught that vocal gifts were used to praise the Lord, not Puccini or Mozart. "I don't think my parents ever actually said to me, 'We think opera is the devil's lot,' but it was very obvious that if I followed in sacred music, it would have made my parents swing on a star.
February 15, 1988 |
Most opera companies play "Faust"--Gounod's sentimental, sugary and ever-popular perversion of Goethe's poetic epic--for easy sighs. They tend to take the pretty romantic cliches and pious simplifications on face value. The production staged Saturday night by the San Diego Opera at the Civic Theatre seems to follow lazy convention much of the time. Francesca Zambello, the director, treats the characters as comfy stereotypes.
May 2, 1991 |
In his announcement Wednesday of San Diego Opera's next two seasons--1992 and 1993--general director Ian Campbell kept one promise and broke another. As anticipated, in 1992 the local company will expand the number of Civic Theatre performances from four to five of each of the five opera productions. But in 1993, 20th-Century opera will disappear from the local lineup.
October 17, 1985 |
When opera is done well, there is nothing quite like it. It is exciting, uplifting, ennobling. When opera is done badly, there is nothing more ludicrous. The production of Puccini's "Turandot" assembled by Terence McEwen at the War Memorial Opera House in 1982 must be the silliest thing this side of the Marx Brothers' "Trovatore," and at least the Marxists were trying to be funny.
January 25, 1999 |
Recite the repertory of opera in Southern California and it sounds like stuttering. "Madama Butterfly" at the Music Center; "Madama Butterfly" in Orange County. "Cosi Fan Tutte" here (Opera Pacific last season), "Cosi" there (San Diego Opera this season). "Hansel and Gretel" comes this spring to San Diego, this fall to Los Angeles. In September, "Falstaff" was one of the opening operas of the current L.A. Opera season.