April 8, 2012 |
Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán hosts "Open Call," KCET's new Thursday evening show featuring performances at Southern California's top arts schools and institutions. The L.A. native maintains an active performing schedule - her next gig is singing the role of Bertha in San Diego Opera's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," opening April 21 - and helps groom young artists as the director of L.A. County High School for the Arts' Office of Community Engagement. Tell me about "Open Call.
November 22, 2009
How many tweets does it take to cover the entire span of opera history? The San Diego Opera wants to find out and has launched a Twitter project in which it will tweet about everything from Monteverdi to Mozart to Philip Glass on a daily basis. With more than 400 years to cover -- and at a rate of two tweets per day -- the project could take years to finish. The project, which can be found at #operahistory, launched in early November. The company said it has started at the beginning of opera history -- around the year 1580 or so -- and will continue into the 21st century.
April 20, 2009 |
Perhaps there is a hardy Brit or two who has attempted to surf the North Sea, but no one will ever confuse sunny San Diego beaches or tony La Jolla with a grim, 19th century Suffolk fishing village northeast of London. Even so, San Diego Opera -- which opened an atmospheric, conscientious, honest production of "Peter Grimes" on Saturday night in Civic Theatre -- comes by Benjamin Britten's great opera honestly. The composer and the tenor Peter Pears happened to be staying in nearby Escondido in 1941 when they came across an article about the George Crabbe poem on which the opera is based, and there the seeds of Britten's first major, and most famous, opera began.
April 16, 2007 |
MORE than 80 years after its premiere in 1925, Alban Berg's expressionistic first opera, "Wozzeck," can still rattle an audience. The atonal music keeps the ear alert and off balance, and the raw subject matter of a soldier driven to murder by his superiors' cruel treatment, a mad doctor's experiments and his common-law wife's betrayal continues to offend a sense of fairness and moral order. It's a work, in short, for our time.
January 29, 2007 |
Ferruccio Furlanetto sang his first U.S. Boris Godunov to open the San Diego Opera season Saturday at the downtown Civic Theatre. It was a resounding success. The first Italian to sing the title role of Mussorsky's opera at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the work premiered, Furlanetto is fondly remembered for his commanding, nuanced Philip II in Verdi's "Don Carlo" for Los Angeles Opera in September.
September 22, 2006 |
In the new Los Angeles Opera production of Verdi's "Don Carlo," the "money" notices have gone to a singer who has long been a stalwart of San Diego Opera but is only now making his L.A. company debut, Ferruccio Furlanetto. The Italian-born basso is playing not the opera's title role but one that may be even more important: Spain's Philip II, "a ruler," as Times music critic Mark Swed put it in his review, "torn between his lust and responsibility, between the church and state."