Announcement time!

This Opera San José season was the final one for my friend and colleague Pam Hakl. I will miss her, for sure. Twenty years of playing together in opera, and even more in symphony. What a time we’ve had!

The opportunity, however, spoke loud and clear to me. I submitted a request, and it was approved: I am no longer principal oboe of Opera San José. I will, instead, play second oboe and English horn.

I am so grateful for all the years I was able to play principal, and when I think back on all the repertoire we’ve done I’m even more grateful. But principal oboe is a bit stressful, and I’m ready to move to a slightly less stressful (most of the time, anyway) position.

I don’t know, yet, when auditions will take place for principal oboe. As soon as I do I will certainly announce that here.

09. April 2024 · 2 comments · Categories: Oboe, Opera

Sometimes I wonder why we have certain licks in a piece. And I wonder how many “give it to the flute player!” (A suggestion that has been made over and over these past few weeks.) This is only a snippet … I play the measure four more times! Or I try to play it, anyway.

07. December 2020 · Comments Off on Opera San José’s THREE DECEMBERS · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Opera

I just finished watching “The Making of THREE DECEMBERS” and I must say even that is mighty impressive, so I’m pretty darn sure the video of the opera itself will be great.

You can purchase your ticket here.

28. May 2020 · Comments Off on Opera San José! · Categories: Opera

Here is a glimpse into what I do. I’m not sure if this video will be up for long — it’s part of a special event tonight, but who knows?! Certainly I don’t!

14. April 2020 · Comments Off on Sad News, but Not Surprising News · Categories: Opera, San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera has announced the cancelation of their summer season. I was so looking forward to these operas, but I was certain we would be hearing about this, and I full understand why they had to cancel.

08. April 2020 · Comments Off on Virtual Opera · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Opera · Tags: , ,

We’ve had virtual orchestras and choruses, but surely one can’t do an OPERA when everyone is stuck at their own home?

Or CAN you?


The Marriage of Figaro Finale
W.A. Mozart
Susanna – Elena Villalón
Figaro – Daniel Noyola
Countess – Dorothy Gal
Count – Ryan McKinny
Cherubino – Megan Samarin
Basilio/Curzio – Trey Smagur
Marcellina – Leia Lensing and Lindsay Kate Brown
Antonio – William Guanbo Su
Bartolo – Nicholas Newton and Geoff Hahn
Piano – Geoffrey Loff

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29. June 2019 · Comments Off on Vienna State Opera Orchestra Winner · Categories: Audition Results, Oboe, Opera

A young (21 years old!) oboist won the principal position in the Vienna Opera. (I read the news on the Vienna Phil Facebook page.) You can read about him here.

13. February 2019 · Comments Off on OSJ 2019-2020 · Categories: Opera

Opera San José has announced next year’s season. Here are the operas and conductors:

Die Fledermaus, conducted by Michael Morgan (They say it’s his debut with us, but that’s incorrect: he did Barber of Seville. I think that was the November 2006 production.)

Hansel & Gretel, conducted by Joseph Marcheso

Il Trovatore, conducted by Joseph Marcheso

The Magic Flute, conducted by Donato Cabrera

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.