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

Stage director and choreographer Seán Curran has been here before...San Diego, that is! He had done the principal choreography for Opera St. Louis' Nixon in China and was the director of Salome with Lise Lindstrom a few seasons back. He is the originating director of the current production of The Pirates of Penzance and he has a delightful story to tell about its artistic evolution...from a popular children's book! Enjoy. 

Direct download: Sean_Curran_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16pm PDT

What fun to welcome back bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the Pirate King, and mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance. (As Luretta points out at the end of this conversation with Dr. Nic, she made her professional debut with San Diego Opera as Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes 1984.) We catch up with this delightful husband-wife team in this wide ranging interview about life, love and opera. Enjoy!

Direct download: Greer_and_Luretta_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:57am PDT

Soprano Maureen McKay is back in San Diego after her wonderful portrayal of Nanetta in Verdi's Falstaff earlier this year. Singing the role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance brings her closer to her musical theatre roots. Listen in and enjoy!

Direct download: Maureen_McKay_Interview_corrected.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13am PDT

If you want to have 12 minutes of fun, listen in to this conversation between baritone Patrick Carfizzi and Dr. Nic as they discuss Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance"! This is comic opera at it's finest and at its most fun. Enjoy!

Direct download: Patrick_Carfizzi_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:14pm PDT

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
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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