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

Director Alan Hicks is new to San Diego Opera, holding a joint position as Assistant Stage Director for the company and as head of the opera program at San Diego State University. In this interview he shares his preparation for the WWI opera All Is Calm, and brings his insight to this intimate and stunning musical theatre experience. Enjoy!

Direct download: Alan_Hicks_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:07pm PST

Juan Carlos Acosta has a long-standing relationship with San Diego Opera, as a student at our Student Dress Rehearsals, as a subscriber, as a member of the San Diego Opera Chorus and now as conductor of our upcoming production: All Is Calm. In this interview he talks about the challenges of keeping a 16-member all-male chorus on track (and on pitch!) without the presence of an orchestra or some kind of instrumental accompaniment. This unique opera has got Juan Carlos and our Dr. Nic very excited about upcoming opening on December 7. Enjoy!

Direct download: Juan_Carlos_Acosta_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:32pm PST

In this fascinating interview, Maestro John Nelson shares his thoughts about Mozart, the brilliant young cast of The Marriage of Figaro, Stephen Lawless' flawless production (which, according to Nelson is the most musically effective production of an opera that he's ever seen), and spirituality as communicated in the famous 'perdono' scene at the end. (No spoilers here!) Enjoy!

Direct download: Interview_w_John_Nelson.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm PST

Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons is back with us in the trouser role of Cherubino for The Marriage of Figaro. She was last with us as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and her contribution to that show was simply fantastic! In this interview with Dr. Nic she talks about the nature of trouser roles (for those of us who don't know what that is or who need a 'brush up'!), about the character of Cherubino and about her experience with playing this fun part. This is an absolutely delightful interview, so tune in and enjoy!

Direct download: Emily_Fons_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:50pm PST

Sopranos Sarah Shafer and Caitlin Lynch sing the roles of Susanna and the Countess Almaviva, respectively, in our production of The Marriage of Figaro. Ms. Lynch catches up on Rosina a few years into her role as the wife of Count Almaviva and Ms. Shafer lets us in a bit on the back story of Susanna, the Count's current target for seduction. The plot thickens in this conversation with two wonderful debut artists in this Mozart classic. Enjoy!

Direct download: Schafer_Lynch_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm PST

Bass-baritone Evan Hughes and baritone John Moore play Figaro and Count Almaviva, respectively, in our upcoming production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. In this wonderful conversation with Nic Reveles they talk about their careers, their roles and the contributions of the author of the plays that this opera (and Rossini's The Barber of Seville) are based on: Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. These singers also find a lot in this opera for us to think about in terms of current affairs. Enjoy! 

Direct download: Hughes_Moore_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:53pm PST

Bizet's opera Carmen is right up there with La boheme and Aida in terms of popularity, and so it returns to SDO with a new production for us, and a brilliant new cast of young singers. In this interview with General Director David Bennett, he talks about the return of opera's favorite femme fatale! 

Direct download: Bennet_Reveles_on_Carmen.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:19pm PST

Jake Heggie's connection with Frederica Von Stade is well known, and this was the first complete operatic role that he created for her. We are honored that Ms. Von Stade will be with us again, along with this challenging work about family...the relationships we have as opposed to the ones we wish we had. Enjoy this conversation with General Director David Bennett!

Direct download: Bennett_Reveles_Three_Decembers.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12pm PST

One of Verdi's greatest creations, Rigoletto graces our stage again after a ten-year absence. The opera was a real experiment for the composer in that it breaks with so many operatic traditions, like giving the main character an aria or two...what Rigoletto gets are monologues, making him a kind of musical Shakespearean character. Enjoy what Mr. Bennett has to say about the singers and the production of this dynamic piece of musical theatre!

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

All Is Calm, a production originally conceived by Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis, is a choral opera about a true story: the Christmas Eve cease fire in 1914, when the Allies and German troops in the trenches spent a few hours at peace, singing their favorite carols, sharing stories and even playing a soccer match. In this interview General Director David Bennett talks about the origins of this production from Bodhi Tree Concerts and the involvement of the choral group Sacra Profana. Enjoy! 

Direct download: Bennett_Reveles_All_is_Calm.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:52pm PST

In this conversation with David Bennett, General Director of San Diego Opera, you'll hear all about the singers, the director, the conductor and this wonderful new production of Mozart's masterpiece. Figaro is both a drama and a comedy with some of the most beautiful and engaging music ever written for the stage. Enjoy!

Direct download: Bennet_Reveles_on_Figaro.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:43pm PST

Andrea Catan, the widow of composer Daniel Catan, is a thoughtful and passionate advocate for her late husband's works, especially Florencia en el Amazonas. In this conversation with Dr. Nic, she talks about her husband's legacy, the music, its effect on the audience and her continuing joy in promoting the work of this master composer. We're honored that she took the time to spend with our audience, to give us an idea of what to expect when we see this wonderful piece. Enjoy!

Direct download: Andrea_Catan_2.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:51pm PST

Baritones Hector Vasquez and Luis Alejandro Orozco have both been involved in previous productions of Florencia en el Amazonas. Vasquez created the role of Alvaro at the world premiere at Houston Grand Opera and has since taken on the role of The Captain. Orozco has covered Riolobo (at Washington National Opera) and sung the role at Arizona Opera. These two artists have a lot to say about the opera, its music and its challenges, but overall are just great people to listen to! Enjoy their conversation with Dr. Nic!

Direct download: Vasquez_and_Orozco.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:03pm PST

Soprano Elaine Alvarez is singing the title role in Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas. In this conversation with Dr. Nic she talks about her exciting operatic debut at Chicago Lyric Opera as Mimi in La boheme, under the direction of renowned diva Renata Scotto, and her approach to the lyrical, challenging music of Daniel Catan. We can't wait to hear and see her at the opening of this wonderful opera on Saturday, March 17th!!

Direct download: Elaine_Alvarez.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:03pm PST

Stage director Candace Evans is making her San Diego Opera debut with Florencia en el Amazonas. In her mind, the characters in this opera are all looking for something that a trip into the river...dark, mysterious, filled with colorful but maybe dangerous creatures...challenges them to find. Every character in the opera comes away from the journey somehow changed, transformed. In a revealing interview with Dr. Nic she shares her excitement for this wonderful piece! Enjoy. 

Direct download: Candace_Evans.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:53pm PST

If you want to know more about Daniel Catan's music for Florencia en el Amazonas, GO NO FURTHER! In this brief conversation with the conductor Joseph Mechavich, who will lead the musical forces in this San Diego Opera production, we get a wonderful description of the music as well as the music's role in communicating the 'magical realism' of the story. Enjoy!

Direct download: Joseph_Mechavich.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24am PST

While Florencia en el Amazonas is about a primary couple...the opera singer Florencia and her long-lost lover Cristobal...the secondary romantic couple Arcadio and Rosalba are just as fascinating! Sung here by soprano Maria Fernanda Castillo and tenor Paul Montenegro, this young couple spends the opera flirting, philosophizing and then finally connecting romantically as they grow together in love. Listen to these wonderful young singers talk about the opera, their roles, and the wonderful composer Daniel Catan. Enjoy!

Direct download: Meet_Rosalba_and_Arcadio.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:39pm PST

Maestro Valerio Galli makes his San Diego Opera debut conducting Puccini's Turandot. The opera is close to Galli's heart because he hails from Viareggio, the neighboring town to the composer's Torre del Lago, and also an area where Puccini built a beautiful villa. In fact, in departing, Galli mentioned that his grandfather had at one point met the composer who was looking for advice on fixing his motorboat (one of Puccini's prized possessions!) Listen in on this conversation with Dr. Nic and enjoy!

Direct download: Maestro_Galli.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:59am PST

Keturah Stickann has been with San Diego Opera for a good amount of time, as a dancer, choreographer, assistant director and now as the stage director of our latest production of Turandot. In this conversation with Dr. Nic, she explores production and costume elements of the show and talks about the ideas that helped her make a deep connection with this story. Again we're acquainted with the Persian roots of the story and the influence of the poet and mystic Rumi who Ms. Stickann found an important influence on her approach to the work. Enjoy!

Direct download: Keturah_Stickann.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16pm PST

Tenor Carl Tanner has been singing all the big, hefty Italian tenor roles: Otello, Manrico, Radames, Calaf. Otello has become a go-to role for him, an opera that he's appeared in many times. In this conversation with Dr. Nic he talks about how he got there, the challenges of these roles, how to deal with the ubiquitous sound of Pavarotti singing "Nessun dorma", and a fascinating side-career in jewelry design! Enjoy.

Direct download: Carl_Tanner_2.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:28am PST

Angel Blue is one of opera's up-and-coming stars and is making her role (and house) debut as Liu in our production of Turandot. As a Southern Californian and University of Redlands graduate, she's practically a 'local' and, as she expresses in this interview, is delighted to be singing at home! She recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi and is looking forward to upcoming appearances as Marguerite in Faust and Violetta in La traviata. Enjoy this conversation!

Direct download: Angel_Blue.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:31am PST

In a free-wheeling conversation with Dr. Nic, soprano Lise Lindstrom discusses Wagner, performance prep, acting challenges, Wozzeck and Persian classical music! Yep, it was one of those conversations: delightful, insightful, fun, and reflective of the committed professional life of one of today's most successful singers, who also happens to be one of San Diego Opera's favorite people! Enjoy! 

Direct download: Lise_Lindstrom.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:37am PST

Baritone Paul La Rosa sings the payador, the minstrel or troubadour who plays many roles throughout the narrative of Maria de Buenos Aires. Normally Paul is singing the standard Italian and French repertoire, but in this conversation he makes a good case for the versatility that every opera singer needs in order to have a successful career. Enjoy!

Direct download: Paul_la_Rosa.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:09am PST

On Tuesday, January 16, Bruce Stasyna, Chorus Master of the San Diego Opera Chorus and Music Administrator for San Diego Opera, gave a talk to donors and supporters about Astor Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires. In his presentation he talked about the role of a conductor, how he approaches rehearsals with singers and orchestra, the origins of the tango, Piazzolla's role as a composer and why the conductor is relishing the opportunity to play and conduct from the piano in this production. Punctuated by appearances of his dog 'Chewy', some backstage crew members and dancers warming up for an ensuing rehearsal, you'll get a first-hand peek at the musical building blocks for a wonderful opera. Enjoy!

Direct download: Bruce_Stasyna.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:52pm PST

Stage director and choreographer John de los Santos has come up with some terrific ideas about staging Maria de Buenos Aires which, in some ways, can be considered an elusive piece. But he's fashioned a narrative for it that will really help us, the audience, grasp it immediately, just as we will be quickly engaged by the music. Enjoy!

Direct download: John_de_los_Santos.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:29pm PST

Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock is singing her role debut in our production of Maria de Buenos Aires. A veteran singer of the role of Carmen, her voice and theatrical personality are perfect for Maria. In this podcast episode she talks about her take on the character and the fascinating libretto of Horacio Ferrer. Enjoy!

Direct download: Meet_Audrey_Babcock.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00pm PST

Who knew tango...the dance and the music...was so complicated?? The origins of the tango are disputed, confused and floating somewhere in the mists of time. And different styles of tango are so different that it is difficult to come up with a nice, clean definition of the art form. Yet, when we hear a tango we know what it is! Amazing. Check out this latest podcast on how Astor Piazzolla uses the tango in his operita, Maria de Buenos Aires. Enjoy! 

Direct download: Maria.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:06am PST

If you're new to Turandot, or just want to brush up your knowledge of the music in this beautiful score, here's just the thing for you. In today's podcast Dr. Nic briefly outlines the story and touches on some of the more important musical moments, the 'stand-out' places that we enjoy every time we encounter this special opera. Enjoy! 

Direct download: Turandot_Highlights.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:19am PST

It's taken awhile for the entrancing, intimate and alternative opera Maria de Buenos Aires to make it to San Diego Opera, but it's finally here and we're all very excited! This opera is infused with the spirit and melodic adventure of the tango, the cultural habitat of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. In this informative podcast, Dr. Nic gives you a bit of the story of this interesting artist with some suggestions about recordings that you might want to get in order to prepare for this wonderful work. Enjoy!

Direct download: Maria_de_Buenos_Aires_Composer.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:59pm PST

Kyle Lang has worked with the company for a few seasons now in the position of assistant director and, for The Pirates of Penzance, associate director. In this conversation with Dr. Nic he discusses his approach to the opera As One, especially the difference between preparing a standard repertoire item like Tosca or La boheme, and a relatively new opera. Enjoy!

Direct download: Kyle_Lang_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:45am PST

Everyone knows that Puccini was an incredible melodist, i.e. a crafter of some of the most gorgeous melodies ever written for opera. Using "Nessun dorma", the big tune from Act III of Turandot, Dr. Nic reveals a little bit about the mystery involved in how a composer creates something so beautiful. Enjoy!

Direct download: Puccinis_Melodic_Gift.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:41pm PST

Along with co-cast member Kelly Markgraf, Blythe Gaissert was there at the origin of the opera As One and has some wonderful reflections about having worked on the score and played the role of Hannah After a number of times. As an avid performer of new music she has a lot to say about the evolution of new opera today, something that we're all very excited about!

Direct download: Blythe_Gaissert.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:50pm PST

Baritone Kelly Markgraf plays the role, "Hannah Before" in the opera As One, a story of a person's transition from male to female. The opera presents Hannah as one character, but she is portrayed by two singers...a baritone and a mezzo-soprano. In this conversation with Dr. Nic he describes the opera, the role and some of the challenges that he meets in this piece as a singing actor. 

Direct download: As_One_Kelly_Markgraf.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:40am PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

Corinne Winters is making her San Diego Opera debut in her signature role of Violetta in La traviata. In this interview with Dr. Nic she talks about her background, her career and this favorite role of hers. 

[Please note that this podcast is audio only]

Direct download: Corinne_Winters_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:17pm PST

Listen in to this interview with tenor, Jesus Garcia who is making his debut with us as Alfredo in our production of La traviata. You might be familiar with him as Rodolfo in the Baz Luhrmann Broadway production of La boheme, his first professional role. In this interview he speaks about his upbringing, his career up til now and the challenges of the role of Alfredo. Enjoy!

Please note, this is an audio-only podcast.

Direct download: Jesus_Garcia_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:52pm PST

Especially for students and teachers coming to the April 20th Student Dress Rehearsal of La traviata, this video features our Director of Community Engagement Nic Reveles introducing this well known masterpiece by Giuseppe Verdi. Enjoy!

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

The Tragedy of Carmen is not Carmen! Although you'll easily recognize Bizet's music, this is a version of the opera as a musical theatre piece devised by famed director Peter Brook to tell the story in a completely new way...or perhaps, depending on your point of view, the original way. Check out this video...Dr. Nic explains it all for you!

Direct download: Tragedy_of_Carmen_Podcast.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:22pm PST

Meeting Dame Quickly: Mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti

Mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti is one of this company's favorite people! Not only fun to be with and to talk to, she's a wonderful artist who lives inside her characters onstage. Enjoy this conversation with Nicolas Reveles as she talks about her role in Falstaff (Dame Quickly) and gives some advice to young singers.

Direct download: Marianne_Cornetti_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13am PST

Meeting 'Alice Ford'; Soprano, Ellie Dehn

This is soprano Ellie Dehn's third appearance with our company, now making her role debut as Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff. In this interview with Nicolas Reveles she spends a little time talking about her career, as well as the role and the current rehearsal process. After Mimi and Donna Anna this is a role with rather different challenges! Enjoy. 

Direct download: Ellie_Dehn_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:58am PST

Baritone Roberto de Candia is making his West Coast debut with the role of Falstaff in our production of the Verdi opera opening on February 18th. This is one of his favorite roles and has the distinction of having coached it with Sesto Bruscantini, one of the great basso buffos of his generation. Roberto has much to say about this wonderful role and the fun he's having rehearsing the opera with this cast. Listen in!

Direct download: Roberto_de_Candia_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:51pm PST

Paris-born stage director Olivier Tambosi is directing his own production of Verdi's Falstaff, a production which originated with Chicago Lyric Opera. In this fascinating interview he gives us his understanding of the essence of this opera, which is a celebration of life and laughter (from the pen of an 80-year-old composer!) Enjoy!

Direct download: Olivier_Tambosi_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:18pm PST

This isn't your grandma's Carmen! This is a version of the Bizet opera devised by eminent director Peter Brook back in the '80s in an attempt to focus intensely on the story and the important relationships in it. More based on the Prosper Merimee novella upon which the Bizet is based, The Tragedy of Carmen brings us much closer to the characters, especially the elemental power of the main character, while still using the great tunes and musical moments that we all know and love. In this conversation with Nic Reveles, stage director Alexander Gedeon gives us a preview of his take on this fascinating piece, complete with sneak peaks at video sequences by Yuki Izumihara and renderings of the costumes that will be used in our production by costume designer Adam Alonso. Enjoy!

Direct download: Preview_of_Tragedy_of_Carmen_NEW.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13pm PST

Making her debut with San Diego Opera as Cinderella in La cenerentola is mezzo soprano Lauren McNeese. This is her fifth production of the opera and she tells in this revealing interview how she learns something new every time she approaches the role. Enjoy!

Direct download: Lauren_McNeese_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:34am PST

Australian native Lindy Hume, Artistic Director of Opera Queensland, is making her San Diego Opera debut as the stage director for La cenerentola. Her delightful production of this Rossini opera has played in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and is now here. We talk about the genesis of the production and why its design is tied to mid-19th century London, a look and feel that seems to match the story perfectly. Enjoy!

Direct download: Lindy_Hume_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:27pm PST

It's hard to believe that in her long and distinguished careermezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade is only just now making her debutat San Diego Opera in Great Scott. But we'remaking up for lost time by sitting down with her to talk about herrole in the opera (Winnie Flato, the founder and director of thefictional America Opera company), a couple of her outstandingrecordings, opera in the U.S. today and a special word ofencouragement for young singers. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Frederica_Von_Stade_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57pm PST

Conductor Joseph Mechavich is back this season after having conducted John Adams' Nixon in China and Jake Heggie's Moby Dick a few seasons back. This new opera, Great Scott, is challenging in its own way but Maestro Mechavich obviously enjoys it and has a lot to say about its music, especially the interplay between two styles...one for the contemporary setting backstage at an opera house, and another for the 19th century opera that is being rehearsed. Enjoy!

Direct download: Interview_Joseph_Mechavich.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43pm PST

American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo plays the role of the stage manager Roane Heckle in Great Scott. In this interview he talks about the countertenor voice type, the role, and his own experience of stage managers in his substantial theatrical career. Enjoy!

Direct download: Anthony_Roth_Costanzo_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:02pm PST

Soprano Joyce El Khoury plays the role of Tatiana Bakst in the opera Great Scott. This delightful Canadian artist has a lot to say to young singers about preparing yourself for a career...listen up! She also has a fun, wonderful take on the character she plays in the opera, an Eastern European diva who wants to take over the opera world! Enjoy!

Direct download: Joyce_El_Khoury_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49am PST

Our Pinkerton for this production of Madama Butterfly is Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincai. In this interview he talks about the role and, most interestingly, where his love of music and singing came from. This delightful young tenor has a budding career in Europe already, and with this production he is making his U.S. debut.

Direct download: Teodor_Illincai_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:17pm PST

Soprano Latonia Moore, our Aida in the 2013 Season, returns to sing the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Here she speaks about her life and career since then as well as her outlook on trends in American opera. 

Direct download: Latonia_Moore_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:12am PST

Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges plays the role of Cio Cio San's maid, Suzuki, in our production of Madama Butterfly. Her background is fascinating (from sports to opera!), her conservatory training exemplary and her voice is...luscious! Enjoy this interview. 

Direct download: Jnai_Bridges_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:29pm PST

Fresh from the Ryan Center for young artists at Chicago Lyric Opera, Kentucky native Anthony Clark Evans is a singer with a big career ahead of him. He's making his role debut as Sharpless, the American consul, in Madama Butterfly. In this interview with Nic Reveles he talks about his experience as a singer so far and assesses the role in approaching it as a young artist. 

Direct download: Anthony_Clark_Evans_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00pm PST

Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones has a lot to say about the tenor voice, his lirico-spinto forebears like Gigli and Martinelli, as well as the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca. Enjoy this interview as we look forward to his performances, opening this weekend!

Direct download: Gwyn_Hughes_Jones_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:21am PST

Maestro Zanetti was last with us in 2014, conducting A Masked Ball by Verdi. Some of you will remember, this was a tough time for the company. The maestro reflects on that moment of our history, as well as on the genius of Puccini and his love of Tosca. 

Direct download: Massimo_Zanetti_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:45pm PST

Our Tosca this season, soprano Alexia Voulgaridou, has been singing this role to great success all over the world, as well as roles such as Cio-Cio San, Marguerite and Liu. In this interview, she discusses Tosca with a very fresh 'take' on who this character really is.

Direct download: Alexia_Voulgaridou_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37am PST

Stage director Lesley Koenig was last with us when she directed a terrific production of Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) for us in 2014. She's back as the stage director of our current production of Tosca. In this interview she speaks about the piece itself as well as shares a bit of the process that she goes through in order to approach such a well-known opera in a fresh and engaging way.

Direct download: Lesley_Koenig_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:58am PST

Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley is back in one of his favorite roles: Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca. In this interview he talks about the character and reflects a bit on what it is that makes this role so fulfilling and downright fun for him to sing!

Direct download: Greer_Grimsley_Interview_2016.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:46am PST

Our favorite bass-baritone returns for one of his favorite roles: Greer Grimsley sings Baron Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca. Greer has some definite ideas about who this character is, what motivates him and how to sing him. Tune in to our first podcast of the 2016 season!

Direct download: Greer_Grimsley_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12pm PST

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

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

Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Community Engagement for San Diego Opera, looks forward to the 50th Anniversary Season with a 'thank you' to all of our supporters over the past year.

Direct download: Happy_New_Year_Season_2015.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:04am PST

Composer John Adams is universally acknowledged as one of the great opera composers of our time. We're tremendously excited to be producing his work Nixon In China (1987) in our Fiftieth Anniversary Season in March, 2015. Let's take a look and a listen to his musical style: is he a minimalist in the tradition of composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich? Nicolas Reveles asks the questions, and perhaps has a few answers for you!

Direct download: Is_John_Adams_a_Minimalist.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:24am PST

The 2015 Season is a great opera season for strong female roles. Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Musetta in La boheme, and Madame Mao in Nixon in China all fit that description: strong characters, bold music! Dr. Nic spends a little time with these three women in today's podcast.

Direct download: The_Ladies_of_2015.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:33pm PST

Mozart and his poet-librettist Lorenzo DaPonte created a true masterwork in Don Giovanni, the story of a libertine nobleman and his constant need to seduce and abandon every woman he meets. A sordid story, sure, but filled with incredible music and drama. Dr. Nicolas Reveles lets you in on a few operatic secrets!

Direct download: Don_Giovanni_Podcast_1.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:42pm PST

In this introductory podcast to Giacomo Puccini's La boheme, Nicolas Reveles discusses why this opera is such a favorite from the repertoire and gives us a glimpse into Puccini's creative process. This is an opera filled with passion, joy, tenderness, romance and tragedy...it's got everything you could want for a great evening of musical theatre. 

Direct download: La_Boheme_1.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:16pm PST

Welcome to the first podcast of San Diego Opera's 2015 Season! Let's begin with a introduction to John Adams' brilliant opera, Nixon in China which premiered at Houston Opera in 1987. In this podcast, Nicolas Reveles (Director of Education and Community Engagement) talks about the origins of the opera, you'll hear a bit of the prelude to the first act, and hear about the creators' approach to this fascinating historical event. 

Direct download: Nixon_in_China_Podcast_1.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43pm PST

"...and we're back!", as Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach says at the beginning of this podcast. And yes, we are! With your help we've been able to announce our 2015 Season with an exciting array of operas and a gala celebration of our 50th Anniversary of serving the San Diego community. Check it out...and join us!

Direct download: 2015_Overview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:26am PST

Eduardo Chama is one of those singers that we look forward to having back again and again because he's such a delight to be around, besides being a wonderful artist onstage. In the role of Sancho Panza in Massenet's Don Quichotte, he's perfect as the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic sidekick of the title character. Listen in as Education Director Nicolas Reveles interviews Eduardo about the role and the challenges of the opera.

Direct download: Eduardo_Chama_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:56am PST

We've known Keturah Stickann as a choreographer and as assistant director for two San Diego Opera seasons. Now she's back as the stage director for Massenet's Don Quixote. In this revealing interview, Education Director Nicolas Reveles speaks with her about the opera, working with Ferruccio Furlanetto and telling the story through music. Enjoy!

Direct download: Keturah_Stickann_interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:53pm PST

German mezzo Anke Vondung was last with San Diego Opera as Octavian in our production of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss in 2011. We loved her then, we love her now! She is debuting the role of Dulcinea in our production of Don Quichotte, so we thought it would be interesting to hear her talk about the role itself. Enjoy this interview with an utterly charming and outgoing singer, with Nicolas Reveles. 

Direct download: Anke_Vodung_intervew.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:25am PST

San Diego Opera is delighted to have tenor Piotr Beczala back to sing King Gustav ('Gustavo') in Verdi's A Masked Ball. In this interview with Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach, he talks about the role, other Verdi characters he sings, 'updated' productions of opera and his recent appearance at The Met in Rusalka. You'll also hear a bit of one of his arias from Ballo. Enjoy!

Direct download: Beczala_Interview.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm PST