16. February 2018 · Comments Off on Sonnet of the Night · Categories: Listen

Morten Lauridsen: Soneto de la Noche
Pablo Nerudo, poet
Cor Cantiamo; Dr. Eric Johnson, Conductor

(Morten Lauridsen is sitting at the piano….)

Here is the translation:

When I die I want your hands on my eyes:
I want the light and the wheat of your beloved hands
to pass their freshness over me one more time
to feel the smoothness that changed my destiny.

I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep,
I want for your ears to go on hearing the wind,
for you to smell the sea that we loved together
and for you to go on walking the sand where we walked.

I want for what I love to go on living
and as for you I loved you and sang you above everything,
for that, go on flowering, flowery one,

so that you reach all that my love orders for you,
so that my shadow passes through your hair,
so that they know by this the reason for my song.

15. February 2018 · Comments Off on Music For Today · Categories: Listen

… because I don’t know about you, but I need it.

J.J. Fux: Kaiserrequiem
Vox Luminis & Scorpio Collectief

11. February 2018 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Rheinberger: Abendlied
Brussels Chamber Choir; Helen Cassano, Conductor

Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over.

11. February 2018 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Rheinberger: Morgenlied
Sofia Kammarkör

The stars have faded
with their golden glow,
soon will the night be past,
[and] the morning will arrive.

Now deep silence reigns
in the valley and over all.
On freshly-bedewed branches
sings only the nightingale.

She sings praise and glory
to the exalted Lord of the world
who over land and sea
holds the hand of blessing.

He has banished the night,
fear nothing, you children;
always comes to those whom he loves
the Father of all lights.

10. February 2018 · Comments Off on Opening Tonight · Categories: Opera

The Flying Dutchman is a Wagner opera we can actually do here in Opera San José: many are just too large, too long, and won’t work for the younger singers we frequently have on stage. So Flying Dutchman it is! There are a number of oboe solos, and a LOT of playing for the principal oboe. My mouth is pretty weary by the end!

We open tonight at 8:00 at the California Theater.

07. February 2018 · Comments Off on Opera San José’s 2018-19 Season · Categories: Opera

The announcement is up at Broadway World, so I can now feel comfortable getting this information on this site (I’m not one to put information out until it’s been made public.)

Opera San José today announced the company’s 2018-19 season opening September 15, 2018 with Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, directed by Michael Shell, followed in November by Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, directed by Shawna Lucey. The company will then begin 2019 with Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick on February 9, and concludes the season in April with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, directed by Brad Dalton.

I’m a wee bit confused by the Pagliacci run: usually that’s paired with Cavalleria Rusticana (and is referred to as “CavPag”, although we once did it with La Voix Humaine and what a depressing run THAT was! Great music, but oh did we feel beat up emotionally.)

I see no mention of who is conducting what yet.

04. February 2018 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Nader my God by U adapted by Justin Goh and Kenneth Tay on Afrikaans text
Victoria Chorale; Nelson Kwei, Artistic Director

04. February 2018 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Orlando di Lasso: Missa Bell’ Amfitrit’ altera
El León de Oro; Maro Antonio Garcia de Paz, Director