San Diego Opera Podcast (podcasts)
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

Are you ready for today's music lesson? Give Dr. Nic about 8 minutes of your time and he'll tell you how Puccini was able to write melodies that stay instantly with you, that get into the ear, and that communicate everything emotionally that they need to in his operas. Using the famous tenor aria "Nessun dorma", you'll discover the secret to writing a memorable tune! Enjoy!

Direct download: Puccinis_Melodic_Gift.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:36pm PDT

Daniel Catan's opera, opening March 17th, 2018, is a tale inspired as much by magical realism as by the mysterious and winding path of the Amazon River. In this brief podcast, Dr. Nic introduces the characters and tells us about the opera's main theme: love. Florencia's love of her absent lover, Cristobal, is passionate yet unfulfilled, and it is expressed through music of unusual beauty. Enjoy!

Direct download: Florencia_podcast2.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:37pm PDT

Daniel Catan's opera Florencia en el Amazonas will a highlight of our season, opening in March, 2018. In this brief podcast, Dr. Nic defines the role of magical realism in the opera, giving us an introduction as a well as a context for its unusual style and story. 

Direct download: Florencia_1_Magic_Realism.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:17pm PDT

When Puccini heard the big, beautiful voice of soprano Rosa Raisa he realized that he'd heard the perfect voice for the title role in Turandot. Unfortunately he died before the premiere of the opera, and although Raisa sang the premiere at La Scala, she was soon to be overshadowed by the young British soprano, Eva Turner. Luckily we have recordings of Turner singing excerpts from the role. Hear them in this brief survey of the beginnings of this opera's history. Enjoy!

Direct download: Turandot_podcast_1.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16pm PDT

The opera As One, coming up at San Diego Opera in November this year, is one of a number of LGBT-themed operas to have premiered since 2000. In this brief discussion, Dr. Nic surveys a few of them and talks about the impact these works have made on the opera industry. An opera version of Brokeback Mountain? Yup! Watch, learn and enjoy!

Direct download: As_One_survey_of_LGBT_Opera.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:32pm PDT

The musicians at the New York premiere of The Pirates of Penzance threatened to strike because the score was too difficult, too "operatic"! Silly, of course, but perhaps they had a point. There are many allusions and parodies of current opera styles in Sullivan's score. In this podcast, Dr. Nic gives us an idea of just how the composer went about it, and why. Enjoy!

Direct download: Pirates_3_podcast_1.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:41am PDT

On November 10th, San Diego Opera will open As One, an opera by composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. It's an extraordinary work that will launch this season's Detour Series. In this podcast Dr. Nic talks about the power of opera in an intimate space, giving special attention to this wonderful opera that tackles a difficult and, as of this writing, especially relevant subject: growing up, understanding and living happily as a transgender person in America.

Direct download: As_One_Podcast_1.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:19am PDT

Gilbert & Sullivan have been missing from our production seasons up til now. No more! In this podcast Dr. Nic shares some background on this most operatic of their works, looking forward to a brilliant production that will open on October 14, 2017! Enjoy!

Direct download: Pirates_Podcast_1.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:42am PDT

Conductor David Agler is making his debut with San Diego Opera with this production of La traviata. He is currently the Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland and shares with us some of the achievements of that company which include the staging of rarely performed operas and the discovery of wonderful young singers. Enjoy!

Direct download: David_Agler_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12am PDT

Stephen Powell has been a company favorite for twenty years, having started with us in a production of Carmen as Dancaire in 1997. Back now for Germont in La traviata, he has much to say in this interview about the role, his career and the state of opera in the United States. 

Direct download: Stephen_Powell_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56am PDT