A Maestro of Music and Metaphor: An Interview with Nicola Luisotti

The following interview was conducted in the administrative offices of the San Francisco Opera, whose facilitation of the interview is gratefully acknowledged.   [Below: San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti; edited image, based on a Terrence McCarthy photograph, courtesy of the San Francisco Opera.] Wm: You sang in church choirs in your home province of … Read more

Review: A “Tosca” Surprise – Angela Gheorghiu, Melody Moore Split Role of Tosca, Massimo Giordano Excels as Cavaradossi – San Francisco Opera, November 15, 2012

After an engaging first act of Puccini’s Tosca” in which Rumanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu sympathetically and even coquettishly portrayed the jealous diva, San Francisco Opera General Director stepped in front of the curtains to announce that Mme Gheorghiu was suffering from intestinal flu and was leaving for the hospital in an ambulance. [Below: Angela Gheorghiu … Read more

Review: Barcellona Triumphs in Font’s Whimsical Production of “L’Italiana in Algeri” – Houston Grand Opera, November 3, 2012

The Houston Grand Opera, which has established an artistic relationship with the Barcelona comic theatrical troupe, El Comediants, mounted  Rossini’s  comic opera “L’Italiana in Algeri [the Italian Girl in Algiers]” in a co-production with Madrid’s Teatro Real of Madrid, Florence’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Opera National de Bordeaux. “L’Italiana”, which will celebrate its 200th … Read more