Review: Much to Like in San Diego Opera’s “Pagliacci” – January 28, 2014

San Diego Opera revived its 2008 John Coyne production of Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci”, whose single set portrays a rustic village with a small stage on which a traveling troup of commedia dell’arte players are scheduled to perform that evening. [See Cura, Futral Shine in New San Diego Opera “Pagliacci” – March 22, 2008.] For the 2014 revival Australian … Read more

Review: Impressive Production for Weinberg’s Holocaust-Themed “The Passenger”- Houston Grand Opera, January 25, 2014

Houston Grand Opera’s 2013-14 season is notable for the introduction to North America of two ambitious projects. The most ambitious effort, scheduled for April 2014 is the first set of a collaborative venture in mounting Wagner’s four opera “Ring of the Nibelungs” with Valencia, Spain’s Fura dels Baus. One opera a year will be introduced … Read more

Review: Dramatic, lyrical and powerful: Ryan McKinny’s Rigoletto Role Debut – Houston Grand Opera, January 24, 2014

Houston Grand Opera mounted Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, providing East Texas the opportunity to experience a youthful cast, comprised of strong contenders for operatic superstar status. The conductor was Houston Grand Opera’s Music Director Patrick Summers, who is the opera company’s co-manager (with general director Perryn Leech). Summers’ career has been devoted to mentoring many of the world’s … Read more

An Interview with Opéra de Montréal General Manager Pierre Dufour

Note from William: The following interview with the Opéra de Montréal’s General Manager, Pierre Dufour, took place in the administrative offices of the Opéra de Montréal.   [Below: Opéra de Montréal General Manager Pierre Dufour; edited image of a publicity photograph.] Wm: You became general manager during a time of financial crisis for the Opéra de … Read more

Historical Performances: “L’Italiana in Algeri” with Horne, Malas, Montal and Beattie – San Francisco Opera Spring – June 13, 1964

Fifty years ago, as a college sophomore, between studying, term papers and fraternity parties, when the interest and opportunity arose, I would purchase an orchestra seat to the San Francisco Opera. The spring semester over and finals done with, I took in the final performance of San Francisco Opera’s Spring Opera Theater production of Rossini’s … Read more