Rising Stars: An Interview with Laura Claycomb, Part 1

The facilitation of this interview by the Dallas Opera and by the Houston Grand Opera is gratefully acknowledged: [Below: Coloratura soprano Laura Claycomb, promotional photograph, courtesy of Laura Claycomb.] Wm: Although born in Corpus Christi, you grew up in Metropolitan Dallas, Texas, where your mother gave music lessons in your home and you sang in … Read more

Dropping In On The Adler Years At The San Francisco Opera With Historian Arthur Bloomfield – The 1980 Season . . .  

A few articles back I was trumpeting the good marksmanship of SFO boss Kurt Herbert Adler in hiring strong, interesting conductors. Surely none of his finds was better than Niksa Bareza, a Croatian with excellent credentials (Scala, Bolshoi, Vienna etc.) who studied with the great Hermann Scherchen, pillar of Westminster Records’ wonderful catalog in the … Read more

Review: Glorious “Götterdämmerung”: Nina Stemme Glistens – San Francisco Opera, June 5, 2011

For the past half decade Francesca Zambello’s vision of  an American Ring – that would present Richard Wagner’s four opera “The Ring of the Nibelung” utilizing images and situations evocative of the history and culture of the United States – has been unfolding. Conceived as a joint project of the Washington National Opera and San Francisco … Read more