Singing Opera and Unexpectedly Famous: A Conversation with Sean Panikkar, part 1

The following conversation began at the Glimmerglass Festival, whose facilitation is greatly appreciated. The conversation follows previous interviews posted at Rising Stars: An Interview with Sean Panikkar, Part 1 and Rising Stars: An Interview with Sean Panikkar, Part 2.   [Below: Tenor Sean Panikkar; resized image of a publicity photograph from Facebook/Sean Panikkar.] Wm: Since we last spoke … Read more

Review: Brian Mulligan’s Bravura Performance in Debussy’s “La Chute de la Maison Usher” – San Francisco Opera, December 13, 2015

Claude Debussy’s fragmentary “La Chute de la Maison Usher”, completed by British Debussy scholar Robert Orledge, is the second half of a double bill of operas based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher”. (My comments on the opening opera of the double bill opening opera may be found at Review: Getty’s Ghostly “Usher … Read more

Review: Getty’s Ghostly “Usher House” – San Francisco Opera, December 13, 2015

The San Francisco Opera presented the American premiere of Gordon Getty’s “Usher House” as the first offering of a double bill of operas based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short horror story “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Brian Mulligan’s Roderick Usher Baritone Brian Mulligan was cast as the reclusive Roderick Usher, the last living male of … Read more

Historical Performances: Richard Tucker’s “Andrea Chénier” with Tebaldi and Bastianini – San Francisco Opera, September 16, 1965

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 of sixteen such observances of performances from the company’s 1965 Fall season. My Saturday series at the San Francisco Opera had three performances scheduled … Read more

An Interview with Maestro Lawrence Foster: Mozart and “Usher” at the San Francisco Opera

Maestro Lawrence Foster is currently music director at the Opera Marseille, and conductor of the production of Lalo’s “Le Roi d’Ys” that I reviewed last year. This season he made his San Francisco Opera debut, conducting Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. He will also conduct the double bill of Getty’s “Usher House” and Debussy’s “The Fall of … Read more