Review: Los Angeles Opera’s Beautifully Sung “Pearl Fishers” – October 15, 2017

The Los Angeles Opera mounted Peggy Woolcock’s production of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” with a cast of international caliber, conducted by Maestro Plácido Domingo. [Below: A pearl fisher dives for pearls in the Los Angeles Opera’s 2017 performances of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers”; edited image, based on a Ken Howard photograph, courtesy of the Los Angeles … Read more

Review: Los Angeles Opera’s Glorious “Nabucco” – Domingo, Monastyrska, Conlon Soar in Strassberger’s Imaginative Production – October 14, 2017

The Los Angeles Opera mounted the imaginative Thaddeus Strassberger production of Verdi’s “Nabucco” . Plácido Domingo’s Nabucco The Nabucco was sung by one of the most important dramatic tenors in operatic history, Plácido Domingo. In his later career, Domingo continues to make his mark on the operatic baritone repertory. I found the 76-year old Domingo’s performance … Read more

Rising Stars: An Interview with Albina Shagimuratova

The following interview took place under the auspices of the Houston Grand Opera, whose facilitation of this interview is deeply appreciated:   [Below: Soprano Albina Shagimuratova; edited image, based on a Pavel Vaan and Leonid Semenyuk photograph, courtesy of the Albina Shagimuratova.] Wm: I begin my interviews with questions about each artist’s early experiences with … Read more