Rising Stars: An Interview with Raymond Aceto – Part 2

[Note from William: The second part of my interview with basso cantante Raymond Aceto took place in San Diego at the administrative offices of the San Diego Opera, where he was appearing as Zaccaria in Verdi’s “Nabucco” and in London, England, where he was performing Sparafucile in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Royal Opera House, Covent … Read more

Review: Conlon Conducts Musically Impressive “Rigoletto” – Los Angeles Opera, December 2, 2010

Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon is conducting all performances of two-thirds of the operas of Los Angeles Opera’s 2010-2011 season, most recently conducting both of the mid-19th century masterpieces currently in performance rotation – Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto”. Each of these two works were major influences on the course of opera’s history, … Read more

The Final Adler Seasons at the San Francisco Opera with Arthur Bloomfield – The Spirit of ’78, Part 2

As we said at the end of our first installment on the 1978 season (see Arthur Bloomfield – Dropping in On the Final Adler Years at the San Francisco Opera: The Spirit of ’78) Kurt Herbert Adler, the SFO’s general director, came down from his office, momentarily withdrawing his fingers from numerous administrative pies, to conduct … Read more