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Meet the Director: Seán Curran

10/9/2017
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Stage director and choreographer Seán Curran has been here before...San Diego, that is! He had done the principal choreography for Opera St. Louis' Nixon in China and was the director of Salome with Lise Lindstrom a few seasons back. He is the originating director of the current production of The Pirates of Penzance and he has a delightful story to tell about its artistic evolution...from a popular children's book! Enjoy.

Duration: 00:10:48


Meeting the Pirate King & Ruth: Greer Grimsley and Luretta Bybee

9/30/2017
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What fun to welcome back bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the Pirate King, and mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance. (As Luretta points out at the end of this conversation with Dr. Nic, she made her professional debut with San Diego Opera as Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes 1984.) We catch up with this delightful husband-wife team in this wide ranging interview about life, love and opera. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:14:00


Meeting Mabel: soprano, Maureen McKay

9/29/2017
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Soprano Maureen McKay is back in San Diego after her wonderful portrayal of Nanetta in Verdi's Falstaff earlier this year. Singing the role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance brings her closer to her musical theatre roots. Listen in and enjoy!

Duration: 00:11:05


Meet the Major General: baritone, Patrick Carfizzi

9/27/2017
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If you want to have 12 minutes of fun, listen in to this conversation between baritone Patrick Carfizzi and Dr. Nic as they discuss Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance"! This is comic opera at it's finest and at its most fun. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:12:32


Puccini's Melodic Gift

9/11/2017
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Are you ready for today's music lesson? Give Dr. Nic about 8 minutes of your time and he'll tell you how Puccini was able to write melodies that stay instantly with you, that get into the ear, and that communicate everything emotionally that they need to in his operas. Using the famous tenor aria "Nessun dorma", you'll discover the secret to writing a memorable tune! Enjoy!

Duration: 00:09:37


Florencia en el Amazonas: A Tale of the River

9/6/2017
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Daniel Catan's opera, opening March 17th, 2018, is a tale inspired as much by magical realism as by the mysterious and winding path of the Amazon River. In this brief podcast, Dr. Nic introduces the characters and tells us about the opera's main theme: love. Florencia's love of her absent lover, Cristobal, is passionate yet unfulfilled, and it is expressed through music of unusual beauty. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:05:18


Florencia and Magical Realism

8/28/2017
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Daniel Catan's opera Florencia en el Amazonas will a highlight of our season, opening in March, 2018. In this brief podcast, Dr. Nic defines the role of magical realism in the opera, giving us an introduction as a well as a context for its unusual style and story.

Duration: 00:16:29


The First Turandots

8/24/2017
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When Puccini heard the big, beautiful voice of soprano Rosa Raisa he realized that he'd heard the perfect voice for the title role in Turandot. Unfortunately he died before the premiere of the opera, and although Raisa sang the premiere at La Scala, she was soon to be overshadowed by the young British soprano, Eva Turner. Luckily we have recordings of Turner singing excerpts from the role. Hear them in this brief survey of the beginnings of this opera's history. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:11:44


Meet the Maestro: Conductor David Agler

4/13/2017
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Conductor David Agler is making his debut with San Diego Opera with this production of La traviata. He is currently the Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland and shares with us some of the achievements of that company which include the staging of rarely performed operas and the discovery of wonderful young singers. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:15:27


Meeting Germont: Baritone Stephen Powell

4/12/2017
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Stephen Powell has been a company favorite for twenty years, having started with us in a production of Carmen as Dancaire in 1997. Back now for Germont in La traviata, he has much to say in this interview about the role, his career and the state of opera in the United States.

Duration: 00:14:21


Meeting Violetta: Soprano Corinne Winters

4/10/2017
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Corinne Winters is making her San Diego Opera debut in her signature role of Violetta in La traviata. In this interview with Dr. Nic she talks about her background, her career and this favorite role of hers. [Please note that this podcast is audio only]

Duration: 00:16:08


Meeting Alfredo: Tenor Jesus Garcia

4/10/2017
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Listen in to this interview with tenor, Jesus Garcia who is making his debut with us as Alfredo in our production of La traviata. You might be familiar with him as Rodolfo in the Baz Luhrmann Broadway production of La boheme, his first professional role. In this interview he speaks about his upbringing, his career up til now and the challenges of the role of Alfredo. Enjoy! Please note, this is an audio-only podcast.

Duration: 00:18:36


An Introduction to La traviata

3/29/2017
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Especially for students and teachers coming to the April 20th Student Dress Rehearsal of La traviata, this video features our Director of Community Engagement Nic Reveles introducing this well known masterpiece by Giuseppe Verdi. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:13:34


A Word about The Tragedy of Carmen

3/1/2017
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The Tragedy of Carmen is not Carmen! Although you'll easily recognize Bizet's music, this is a version of the opera as a musical theatre piece devised by famed director Peter Brook to tell the story in a completely new way...or perhaps, depending on your point of view, the original way. Check out this video...Dr. Nic explains it all for you!

Duration: 00:05:05


Meeting Dame Quickly: Mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti

2/9/2017
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Mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti is one of this company's favorite people! Not only fun to be with and to talk to, she's a wonderful artist who lives inside her characters onstage. Enjoy this conversation with Nicolas Reveles as she talks about her role in Falstaff (Dame Quickly) and gives some advice to young singers.

Duration: 00:14:41


Meeting 'Alice Ford'; Soprano, Ellie Dehn

2/8/2017
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This is soprano Ellie Dehn's third appearance with our company, now making her role debut as Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff. In this interview with Nicolas Reveles she spends a little time talking about her career, as well as the role and the current rehearsal process. After Mimi and Donna Anna this is a role with rather different challenges! Enjoy.

Duration: 00:09:40


Meet Falstaff: Baritone, Roberto de Candia

2/6/2017
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Baritone Roberto de Candia is making his West Coast debut with the role of Falstaff in our production of the Verdi opera opening on February 18th. This is one of his favorite roles and has the distinction of having coached it with Sesto Bruscantini, one of the great basso buffos of his generation. Roberto has much to say about this wonderful role and the fun he's having rehearsing the opera with this cast. Listen in!

Duration: 00:13:55


Meet Stage Director Olivier Tambosi

2/6/2017
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Paris-born stage director Olivier Tambosi is directing his own production of Verdi's Falstaff, a production which originated with Chicago Lyric Opera. In this fascinating interview he gives us his understanding of the essence of this opera, which is a celebration of life and laughter (from the pen of an 80-year-old composer!) Enjoy!

Duration: 00:17:07


The Tragedy of Carmen: A Preview

1/27/2017
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This isn't your grandma's Carmen! This is a version of the Bizet opera devised by eminent director Peter Brook back in the '80s in an attempt to focus intensely on the story and the important relationships in it. More based on the Prosper Merimee novella upon which the Bizet is based, The Tragedy of Carmen brings us much closer to the characters, especially the elemental power of the main character, while still using the great tunes and musical moments that we all know and love. In this...

Duration: 00:17:53


Meet Lauren McNeese: Cinderella

10/13/2016
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Making her debut with San Diego Opera as Cinderella in La cenerentola is mezzo soprano Lauren McNeese. This is her fifth production of the opera and she tells in this revealing interview how she learns something new every time she approaches the role. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:10:34

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