A Plethora of Exciting Opera Streams + La Fleming

Ciao, Opera Mavens. They seem to be coming fast and furious. The Salzburg Easter Festival just ended and gave us a great YouTube Cav/Pag with Jonas Kaufmann. CultureBox from France has some new goodies, and they’re all FREE although some are not available for USA viewing.

Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) and I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) at Salzburg Easter

Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann


This is an extraordinary production, not just nicely sung, but amazing to watch!


I Capuletti e I Montecchi (Bellini) from La Fenice


Alceste (Gluck) from La Fenice


Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

The Demon (Rubenstein) from Moscow

With Dmitri Hvorostovsky.


Don Giovanni (Mozart) from Monte Carlo


Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) from Rouen

With Vivica Genaux.


Marco Tutino

Marco Tutino

Senso (Marco Tutino) from Palermo

With Brandon Jovanovich.

Composer of SF Opera’s world premiere Two Women this summer.


Orfeo Chaman (Christina Pluhar) from Bogota, Columbia

This is an Orfeo like you’ve never seen before: exotic, tropical, extraordinary.


Finally, Opera Star Renée Fleming Takes Leap To Broadway CBS New York
Fleming is making her Broadway debut in the comedy “Living on Love.” Opening night was Monday at the Longacre Theatre.


Merola and Adler Updates

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here’s what some of our talented Merola and Adler alumni have been up to:

New Orleans Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor last month was basically a Merola/Adler showcase! It featured Laura Claycomb (Adler 1993) as Lucia, William Burden (Merola 1991) as Edgardo, Casey Candebat (Merola 2012, 2014) as Normanno, and Michael Chioldi (Merola 1995) as Enrico.

Rihab Chaieb (Merola 2013) has been selected to participate in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera.

Brian Jagde (Adler 2010 – 2012) was recently interviewed by Gabbie Watts of Atlanta’s NPR station, WABE.  Here’s what he had to say about his recent Lyric Opera of Chicago debut and arts education:

Another interview with Brian about his recent Royal Opera debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (conducted by our very own Maestro Nicola Luisotti):

How a night of karaoke and singing R. Kelly’s R&B hit “I Believe I Can Fly” helped jumpstart Adler 2005 alum Lucas Meachem‘s opera career:

Opera News “Out Late” feature on Amanda Majeski (Merola 2008):

Several former Merolini are joining Santa Fe Opera’s summer training program: Adelaide Boedecker (Merola 2014), Daryl Freedman (2013), Cynthia Hanna (2007), Cooper Nolan (2011) and Benjamin Werley (2014).

Amanda Woodbury (Merola 2014) recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlo.

Liam Bonner (Merola 2005) takes on the role of Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat at Portland Opera this May. http://www.portlandopera.org/production/show-boat/


Still More April Opera

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s more live opera for you this month.

The Magic Flute (Mozart) Presented by Opera San Jose


Magic FluteA young prince’s quest leads to love. Lost in a faraway land, the prince is enlisted by The Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter from the hands of a supposedly evil sorcerer. With the aid of a magic flute the prince sets out on a fantastic adventure filled with danger and surprising twists, culminating in one final test at a mystical temple. George Cleve will conduct. At the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San José.

Tickets at the Opera San José Box Office, online at operasj.org or by phone at (408) 437-4450.


Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach) presented by San Jose State University Opera TheatreOrpheus Underworld

Saturday Apr 18 at 7:30pm and Sunday Apr 19 at 2:30pm. At the San Jose Women’s Club Ballroom, 75 South 11th St., San Jose.

An exciting English language update of Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach! Greek Gods and Goddesses meet the free lovin’ 1970’s in match made on Mt. Olympus.





Heart of Darkness (Composer Tarik O’Regan and Librettist Tom Phillips) heart of darknessPresented by Opera Parallele

Open Rehearsal – April 24 at 4pm

As we move into the final weeks of rehearsals for our May 1-3 performances of Heart of Darkness at Z Space, we invite you to come and see our conductor, director, singers, and designers as they work together in an open staging rehearsal. Be the first to experience the Art Installation as you walk among giant reproductions of Matt Kish illustrations and the artisan elephant tusks, designed by. To Jon Altemus enhance your Opera Parallèle experience, signature cocktails based on the Congo psychodrama will be available to enjoy. Find out what awarding winning mixologist Shannon Healy of Alley 26 has concocted to be “A Remarkable Man,” “The Gin Rivet,” and the “River Water Cooler.”

The open rehearsal will take place at Z Space in San Francisco at 4pm on Friday April 24th – no tickets are required! After the rehearsal, you are invited to engage with our all-star cast, Artistic Director/Conductor Nicole Paiement, and Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel in an open question and answer session.


Many Opera Mavens will be seeing the Met’s Cav/Pag double bill at the movie theaters later this month. You might enjoy this New York Times article about the production.

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