Conductor Joseph Marcheso did a masterful job leading
the orchestra. I particularly loved a short piccolo (possibly flute) solo, and there are plenty of oboe parts which are always my favorite.

The oboe parts are often my favorites too! :-)

I read it here. (pdf)

We open tonight … exciting times! (Nervous, too.)

The first orchestra only opera rehearsal (one of two) for Opera San Jose?’s Where Angels Fear to Tread is over. It’s always good to get through that and see what I have in my fingers and what I don’t. It’s also good to get the actual tempi we will be playing. Trouble is, I simply don’t have a fast tongue and a “sparkling” section is going to be a challenge for me! Here is my poem for you today:

I recommend
to all the young:
please teach yourself
to double tongue!


Of course in that instance is more about the E flat to F fingering … just darn awkward when it has to be repeated like that.

I was pleased that some spots on which I spent a good amount of time worked pretty well. There is still one section that needs more work to make me comfortable, and I spent more time on that this afternoon. I will continue to work on it, of course. Over. And over. And over. I simply HAVE to have it in my fingers so very well that when the nerves kick in — and they probably will — my fingers take over and make it work! In this section the start is fun, but it’s that last measure —— those leaps at tempo can be a bit of a challenge. Silly half hole!


I was happy to note that the one section with the high F#s was just fine. In addition, no one would hear me if they weren’t: the entire orchestra is blasting away at that point. Still, I have my pride so I worked on that section a ton and have it in the “fingerbrains” now.

I think it’ll be a good opera. I really should see if I can get to a piano tech … unless that’s already happened: I’d like to see it if possible, as I love knowing what’s going on on stage. (I’m unable to see one thing due to where I sit in the pit.) Do you have your tickets yet?

18. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Losses, Opera

08. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Awards, Opera

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year’s honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanovsky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Previous Opera News Award Winners Martina Arroyo, Gerald Finley and Susan Graham are among the presenters.


I’d love to attend … but … well …

Individual benefactor tickets to the Opera News Awards are available for $850; individual President’s Circle tickets at $1,200. In addition, Benefactor tables are available for $8,500; President’s Circle tables at $12,000.

And then I’d probably need to purchase a plane ticket too. So I suppose I’ll stay home. But congrats to the recipients!

06. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera, Reviews, San Francisco Opera

Special credit goes to Janet Popesco Archibald for her magnificent English horn solo during “Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa.”

I absolutely love seeing friends get good reviews, and Janet is one fine player. I always enjoy hearing the wonderful musicians of San Francisco Opera.

RTWT, written by Lisa Hirsch. She didn’t care for the men. I’ll have to see what I think, but she is an opera expert and I most certainly am not.

08. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

The video is up (they usually put one up shortly after the final dress rehearsal). I’d love to say I’m a part of this … but I can’t do that until the final weekend of performances. I hope all went well on opening weekend!

21. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements, Opera

I received this via email:

Così fan tutte
Saturday, May 24
7:30 p.m. Central
Cahn Auditorium, Evanston
Michael M. Ehrman, director
Emanuele Andrizzi, conductor
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Two young officers agree to a wager with the philosopher Don Alfonso, who insists he can prove that the officers’ lovers are fickle–just like all other women. The soldiers disguise their identities, beginning their test of the women’s fidelity in a tale that walks the line between drama and farce. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Visit our webcast page or our YouTube stream approximately 10 minutes prior to the performance to watch the live video feed. If you do not see any video on the screen, refresh the page periodically until live footage is available.
More Information

10. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Awards, Opera

I wasn’t able to attend the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition this year, but I just read the news:

First Place: Cecilia Violetta López, soprano

Second Place: Robert Watson, tenor

Third Place: Nicole Birkland, mezzo-soprano

Audience Favorite: Cecilia Violetta López, soprano

Both Cecilia and Nicole are (were?) members of Opera San José’s Artist in Residence program. They are amazing musicians and it is just wonderful that they were recognized today. I don’t know Robert Watson, but I’m sure he is equally deserving. I really wish I could have heard them.

08. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Listen, Opera

Very fun stuff! Many thanks to Bob Hubbard for bringing it to my attention! :-)