Historical Performances: “Don Giovanni” with Leontyne Price’s Donna Anna – San Francisco Opera, October 15, 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 ninth of sixteen such observances of performances from the company’s 1965 Fall season. In 1965, the San Francisco Opera would usually present only two or … Read more

Rising Stars – An Interview with Eric Owens

The following interview took place at the Glimmerglass Festival, whose facilitation of this interview is deeply appreciated.   [Below: Baritone Eric Owens; resized image of an Paul Sirochman photograph for IMG Artists.] Wm: I ask each of my interview subjects, what are your earliest memories of music, of vocal music, and of opera? EO: My mom … Read more

Review: Boogie Nights at Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” – Houston Grand Opera, January 30, 2016

The great British director, Sir Nicholas Hytner, once famously quipped that you could set Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” on the Moon, as long as you located the doors in the right place. His colleague, Michael Grandage, CBE, chose not the Moon, but Andalusian Spain in the late 1960s (in the countryside near Seville) for his 2012 Glyndebourne Festival co-production with … Read more