Basso Nobile: An Interview with Vitalij Kowaljow

Wm: The following interview with basso Vitalij Kowaljow (pronounced Vee-TALL-ee Ko-VOL-yov) was conducted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of the Los Angeles Opera, the day before the first night performance of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”. The facilitation of this interview by the Los Angeles Opera is gratefully acknowledged:   [ Below: Basso Vitalij Kowaljow; resized image of … Read more

Review: De Niese, Castronovo, Del Carlo Delight in a Deliriously Daffy “Don Pasquale” – San Diego Opera, March 10, 2012

One of the San Diego Opera’s most famous productions is David Gately’s much esteemed relocation of Donizetti’s great comic opera “Don Pasquale”,  into a tongue-in-cheek potrayal of the mid-19th century American West.  Pasquale is transformed into the owner of a hotel. Dr Malatesta dresses like Buffalo Bill. Ernesto is a Cowpoke who bathes at Miss … Read more

Review: William Burden Triumphs in Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice” – Seattle Opera, February 29, 2012

On Leap Day, 2012, Seattle Opera presented its second performance of Tenor William Burden’s extraordinary portrayal of Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice”. The augmented French version of the opera, created for the Paris of Gluck’s close friend and pupil, Marie Antoinette, is for a high tenor voice.  Thus, the pitch and sound of Orphée’s voice differs … Read more