26. January 2009 · Comments Off on You Tube Audition #15/16 · Categories: Videos

This one is sort of confusing … Dvorak/English horn first Debussy/Oboe second. I’m obviously clueless about the rules! :-)

26. January 2009 · Comments Off on You Tube Audition #14 (?) · Categories: Videos

Mozart Oboe Quartet … on English horn

(And the video doesn’t just stick with the player, so I’m guessing he’s not serious …?)

26. January 2009 · Comments Off on More From SF Opera · Categories: Announcements, News, Opera

The San Francisco Opera plans to commission new operas by American composers Christopher Theofanidis, Mark Adamo and Jennifer Higdon.

I read it here.

26. January 2009 · Comments Off on You Tube Audition #13 · Categories: Videos

Mozart Oboe Quartet: Rondeau

(This oboist was put up earlier, when only the Tan Dun work was available. Oh … and everyone is waiting through all the measures of rest so I suppose it must be required. What a long listen that makes these audition videos!)

26. January 2009 · Comments Off on You Tube Audition #12 · Categories: Videos

English horn: Dvorak: New World Symphony

26. January 2009 · Comments Off on You Tube Audition #11 · Categories: Videos

Rossini: La Scala di Seta

26. January 2009 · Comments Off on You Tube Audition #10 · Categories: Videos

Rossini: La Scala di Seta

26. January 2009 · Comments Off on You Tube Audition #9 · Categories: Videos

Rossini: La Scala di Seta

26. January 2009 · Comments Off on San Francisco Opera 2009-2010 · Categories: Announcements, Opera

San Francisco Opera has announced their next season. I just received their email:

Dear Patricia,

Welcome to a new season! In 2009–10, we take an exciting journey together, exploring impressive works with some of the world’s most sought-after voices. This also marks the first season for incoming music director Nicola Luisotti, who kicks off the season on September 11 with the Opening Night Gala performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore, starring Marco Berti, Stephanie Blythe, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sondra Radvanovsky.

Additional Highlights of the Season:

Laurent Pelly’s delectable production of Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, with Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez.

For the first time since 1952, Puccini’s Il Trittico will be presented by San Francisco Opera in its entirety and with an ideal cast, featuring Patricia Racette as the star of all three operas, with Paolo Gavanelli, Brandon Jovanovich and Ewa Podle?.

Richard Strauss’ adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s provocative play, Salome, stars the sensational Nadja Michael and is conducted by Maestro Luisotti.

Francesca Zambello’s exploration of the four-opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung continues in June 2010 with Die Walküre, conducted by Maestro Donald Runnicles.

We celebrate the return of Puccini’s great California Gold Rush opera,
The Girl of the Golden West, starring Deborah Voigt and Salvatore Licitra.
2009–10 is a season to celebrate—one that showcases San Francisco Opera’s rich history and propels us towards an even more exciting future. Visit sfopera.com to learn more!

Get to Know Maestro Luisotti:
Watch a video with exclusive interview footage of Maestro Luisotti, including clips of his conducting our 2008 production of La Bohème.

Last week I received a letter saying the series to which we subscribe won’t have all the operas … I believe it stated it would be missing one of them. I guess I’ll have to carefully peruse the info when it arrives to see what’s up. This year we have ten operas. I only see nine listed for next season. So I guess that means our series only contains eight. (See how I excel at math?)

Here is a list of the operas:

* Il Trovatore
* Il Trittico
* The Abduction from the Seraglio
* The Daughter of the Regiment
* Salome
* Otello
* Faust
* The Girl of the Golden West
* Die Walküre

Hmm. I wonder which one we don’t get automatically. (We may, of course, purchase single tickets for that, along with our series subscription.) And I wonder if it costs what it cost this past year, with one less opera.

And gee, no overlaps with Opera San José this time. (That frequently happens. SFO wouldn’t be checking with us, I’m sure. I don’t know if we check with them. Kind of doubtful.)

26. January 2009 · Comments Off on You Tube Audition #8 · Categories: Videos

Mozart Oboe Quartet: Rondeau