The San Francisco Opera Centennial: Artist Conversations, Part 1: Kevin Langan

In observance of the hundredth season of the San Francisco Opera, whose performances I have attended since my middle and high school years, I am conducting a series of conversations with artists associated with the company. The first of these conversations is with American bass Kevin Langan, who participated in the company’s Merola young artists … Read more

Bel Canto in Troubled Times: A Conversation with lyric tenor Michele Angelini, Part Two

Wm: Since the first part of this conversation was posted [Bel Canto in Troubled Times: A Conversation with lyric tenor Michele Angelini, Part One], you have appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival in Rossini’s “Il turco in Italia” directed by Mariame Clément, whose work I have admired [ Review: Mariame Clément Mounts Wagner’s “Liebesverbot”: Opéra du Rhin, Strasbourg, … Read more

Bel Canto in Troubled Times: A Conversation with lyric tenor Michele Angelini, Part One

My conversation with Michele Angelini began at the Glimmerglass Festival where he was performing the lead tenor role in Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” and resumed during the global Covid-19 pandemic that has so disrupted the performance of opera.  [Below: tenor Michele Angelini; edited image of a Rebecca Fay photograph.]  Wm: Michele, the Glimmerglass performance of … Read more