The orchestra began rehearsals this week for two operas, as this Opera San José set is a double bill. We are doing Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Poulenc’s La voix humaine. I’ll tell you, you go to hear and see these operas and you’ll just walk out singing happy tunes and you’ll be in quite the bubbly mood.

Or not.

… yep, people die, surprise, surprise.

I do like these operas, despite how dark they are. Or maybe I like them because of how dark they are?!

I can’t see the singers and unfortunately I’m unable to attend a tech dress this time, but I’m guessing these will be a couple of great productions. As you all know, I’m in love with opera … and this music is incredibly lush and wonderful.

So how ’bout a bit of Pavarotti?

Or maybe you’d prefer the start of La voix humaine, sung by the soprano Denise Duval, for whom the opera was written:

In other news … well … no, there is no other news. Other than this, for someone out there: mea culpa.

That is all.


  1. I’m very interested in seeing this particular pairing, especially the Poulenc. It may be enough to get me to make the trip south and check out Opera San Jose for the first time.

  2. Hope you can make the trek down!

    We did the Poulenc some years back and I’m enjoying getting back into it. I have to confess I don’t even remember playing it. The odd thing is I DO remember watching and hearing it, though! Very bizarre.