Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here’s some news from around the world on what some of our talented Merola and Adler alums have been up to:
Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) has bid farewell to the role of Elena in Donizetti’s La Donna del Lago. In a December 27th Facebook post she said, “Last night at The Metropolitan Opera I said goodbye to Elena on the stage. What a wonderful journey this has been “on the lake” (and various other settings!) with her. From Geneva to Paris to Milan to London to Santa Fe to New York … From the astoundingly wonderful and breathtakingly brilliant colleagues who have shared the stage with me, to the brilliant orchestral playing, to the enthusiastic audiences who have welcomed this quirky piece into the repertoire ~ it has been a beautiful, joy-filled ride. Indeed – TANTI AFFETTI and TANTA FELICITA!”
Adler 1989-91 Patricia Racette was recently awarded Merola Opera Program’s Distinguished Alumni Award in a ceremony on Jan 7th. http://tinyurl.com/PRmerola
Merola 2013 alum Robert Watson recently performed an excerpt from Carmen on WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida where he is currently in the Palm Beach Opera young artist program.
Bryan Hymel (Merola 2001) recently made his Opera National de Paris debut in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, sharing the title role with Jonas Kaufmann.
Merola 1996 superstar Anna Netrebko is recording an all-Puccini album for release later this year and has been teasing us with tidbits of it on Instagram including this fabulous Turandot excerpt. According to an interview in the Russian press (and translated by Google), she will debut the role in Venice in 2017. She also has posted teasers for Manon Lescaut and Tosca.
Turandot is becoming a signature role for Merola 2007 alum Tamara (née Wapinsky) Mancini. She’ll be in Long Beach later this month to sing the role in Pacific Symphony‘s upcoming concert presentation of Turandot with fellow former Merolini Elizabeth Caballero (2001, 2002) as Liù and Dan Kempson (2010) as Ping.
Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) and Rolando Villazon (Merola 1998) are now appearing at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera in Mirolav Srnka’s world premiere opera South Pole based on the 1910 race between British and Norwegian teams to be the first humans to reach the South Pole.
And finally, some exciting news via the NY Times: Stuart Skelton (Adler 1997) will be opening the Met’s 2016 season this fall as Tristan in a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, directed by Mariusz Trelinski. It will also star Nina Stemme as Isolde and Rene Papé as King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting.