A Conversation with Lyric Coloratura Soprano Laura Claycomb, Part 2

This continues a conversation that began with A Conversation with Lyric Coloratura Soprano Laura Claycomb, part 1.   [Below: Soprano Laura Claycomb; resized image of a Sergio Valente photograph, courtesy of Laura Claycomb.] Wm: In your performance as Adele in Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” Houston Grand Opera has announced that they are using microphones for the … Read more

Historical Performances: “Nabucco” with Gobbi, Kuchta, Tozzi, Janis Martin – San Francisco Opera, October 15, 1964

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the eighth of 13 such observances of performances from the company’s 1964 Fall season. On Thursday night October 15th, I added another opera to supplement my 1964 … Read more

A Conversation with San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley

The following conversation with San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley took place in the administrative offices of the San Francisco Opera, whose facilitation of this conversation is greatly appreciated. It has updated my previous interviews with him [See An Interview with San Francisco Opera’s David Gockley, Part 1 and  An Interview with San Francisco Opera’s David Gockley, Part 2.]   [Below: … Read more

A Conversation with Lyric Coloratura Soprano Laura Claycomb, part 1

The following conversation with soprano Laura Claycomb began in the administrative offices of the Houston Grand Opera, whose facilitation of this interview is greatly appreciated. It has updated my previous interviews with her [See Rising Stars: An Interview with Laura Claycomb, Part 1 and  Rising Stars: An Interview with Laura Claycomb Part 2] and has continued subsequently on a wide … Read more

Historical Performances: Tito Gobbi as Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi – San Francisco Opera, October 10, 1964

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the second part of the seventh of 13 such observances of performances from the company’s 1964 Fall season. I reported on the first half of a double bill … Read more