San Diego Opera Podcast
Learn about opera and San Diego Opera's current season, hosted by Nicolas Reveles, The Geisel Director of Education and Outreach. Give us 15 minutes weekly, and we'll give you the operatic world! This podcast hosted by LibSyn.com

Fresh from seeing the premiere of Great Scott, the new opera by Jake Heggie and Terrence MacNally that SDO will produce in May, '16, Dr. Nic gives us his impressions and a few more details about it in order to give our audience a bit more information about this exciting "opera about opera"! Enjoy!

Direct download: Great_Scott_Revealed.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:17am PST

The story of Cio-Cio San, Madama Butterfly, is an interesting and controversial tale with roots in actual events that occured as a result of intense interest in Japan in the 19th century. Dr. Nic explores the history, the story and the cultural collision of East and West. 

Direct download: Origins_of_Butterfly.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:44am PST

Let's dig a little deeper! Tosca is a fictional character, of course, but her background was painstakingly detailed from history by her original creator, playwright Victorien Sardou. Nic Reveles gives us the low-down on that history, putting the story in a historical context. 

Direct download: Who_Is_Tosca.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:59am PST

The West Coast Premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's new opera, Great Scott, is coming to San Diego Opera in May, 2016! Its World Premiere production at Dallas Opera is currently in rehearsal. In this podcast, Nic Reveles introduces us to the creators, the cast and the story of this wonderful new opera.

Direct download: Great_Scott_Intro_Podcast.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:49am PST

The tale of Giacomo Puccini's operatic journey continues with Madama Butterfly which followed Tosca. Your host Nic Reveles talks about the things that the two operas share, Puccini's 'signatures' as a composer, as well as some of the things that make them different.

Direct download: Lets_Talk_About_Madama_Butterfly.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:15pm PST

In this episode we listen to how Puccini "gets to the point", that there's no needless prelude or overture, that we always get right to the action when it comes to his operas, especially Tosca. Which is odd, because the Sardou play, La Tosca, upon which the opera was based is exactly the opposite of that!

Direct download: Lets_Talk_About_Tosca.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am PST

The Operas of 2016

In the first podcast of the season, Director of Community Engagement Nicolas Reveles takes an overall look at the operas coming up: Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Great Scott. We've got a lot to look forward to!

Direct download: Operas_of_2016_Podcast.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:29am PST

Stage Director James Robinson makes his debut with San Diego Opera as the director of John Adams' Nixon in China. Robinson originated this production, created for Opera Theatre St. Louis, in 2004. Listen to him in this interview with Nicolas Reveles, as he speaks about the challenges of mounting this exciting production.

Direct download: James_Robinson_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52am PST

Conductor Joseph Mechavich debuted with San Diego Opera by conducting Jake Heggie's Moby Dick a couple of seasons back. He's returned to lead John Adams' Nixon in China. In this interview with Education Director Nicolas Reveles he talks about the score as well as about the wonderful San Diego Symphony.

Direct download: Joseph_Mechavich_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:47am PST

Portraying the role of Pat Nixon in John Adams' opera Nixon in China is soprano Maria Kanyova. She's sung the role many times in her career and takes time during this interview with Nicolas Reveles to talk about the role, the music and the dramatic challenges. Enjoy!

Direct download: Maria_Kanyova_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50pm PST

John Adams' brilliant opera Nixon in China is now in production here at San Diego Opera! Rehearsals began this past Tuesday and everything is going really well. Watch as Nicolas Reveles interviews the man in the title role, baritone Franco Pomponi, who is looking forward to his debut with our company in this stunning opera.

Direct download: Franco_Pomponi_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:33pm PST

Our stage director for Don Giovanni is Nicholas Muni who also happens to have originated and designed this production of the opera for Cincinnati Opera. It is an intriguing look at the opera that will challenge you to think about this fascinating character. Enjoy this interview.

Direct download: Nic_Muni_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31pm PST

In this episode of the San Diego Opera Podcast, Nicolas Reveles interviews our maestro for Mozart's Don Giovanni, Daniele Callegari. He was last with us for our production of Aida a couple of seasons back. Enjoy this reunion with a wonderful conductor!

Direct download: Daniele_Callegari_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53pm PST

Baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo is the "go to" singer for the role of Don Giovanni these days and has sung the role to great acclaim throughout the world. Here in San Diego for his company debut, he speaks with Education Director Nicolas Reveles about the role, his career and what he's looking forward to in the future.

Direct download: DArcangelo_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:58pm PST

Isabella Bywater, a set and costume designer from the UK, is the director of San Diego Opera's production of Puccini's La boheme. In this fascinating, in-depth interview, she talks about her mentor Jonathan Miller (the original director of this particular production) and about her approach to both design and stage direction. This is a wonderful conversation with Education Director Nicolas Reveles and will be a great introduction to this wonderful production, never before seen in San Diego.

Direct download: Isabella_Bywater_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

Debut artist Harold Meers talks about his background, his experience with the role or Rodolfo and roles he sees for himself in the future in an interview with Nicolas Reveles.

Direct download: Interview_with_Harold_Meers.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44am PST

As we look forward to opening night of La boheme, let's hear a few words from our Mimi, soprano Alyson Cambridge, in an interview conducted by our Director of Education and Community Engagement, Nicolas Reveles.

Direct download: Alyson_Cambridge_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:03am PST

Karen Keltner is well known to all of us here at San Diego Opera and she's kicking off our 50th Anniversary Season as the conductor of Puccini's La boheme. This also marks her last official duty as Resident Conductor and Music Administrator after announcing that she will step down from those duties at the end of the production's run. But she will definitely still be conducting! Listen to her musings on the opera and 35 years with our company.

Direct download: Boheme_Karen_Keltner_2015.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01pm PST

Production Underway at San Diego Opera!

This is short and sweet, just a snapshot of the excitement with the arrival of the cast and crew of La boheme and a few words about the music that introduces us to the wonderful characters in this beloved opera.

Direct download: Greeting_the_New_Season.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:49am PST