Ringhead Alert and Other Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Some good streaming coming up plus great news about our local Maestro Paiement, who is about to conduct Opera Parallele’s new production of Jonathon Dove’s comic opera Flight.

BBC offers the “North Opera” acclaimed production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle starting Feb 12: Watch “The End of the World” on the BBC.

Opera Parallele’s (and Dallas Opera’s) Nicole Paiement on national news: Paiement on PBS News Hour.

Mark your calendar! for Feb 26 at 8am! It’s Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) and Lawrence Brownlee in Rossini’s Semiramide from Munich.

Yea Team! The English subtitles are now up on the wonderful Monnaie production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq D’or) on The Opera Platform. Mavens, you’ll never see a more exciting chicken in any opera. Trust me.


Opera Travel Goodies

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Some exciting opera travel opportunities coming up:

Travel with Carol Rabin to the Met (4 operas) and SantaFe (4 operas)


 Metropolitan OperaApril 24 – 30, 2017

Santa Fe Opera, August 1 – 6, 2017


Creative Travel Arrangers, [tel: (650) 854 4412 – email: carolrabin@gmail.com

Travel with Opera Cruisemeister Tom Taffel to Italy (2 operas), France, and Spain (1 opera).

Mediterranean Island Escapes:  Italy, France, & Spain Group Cruise  With three operas:   Tosca  ~  Il Trovatore   ~  Nabucco, July 22 to August 5, 2017

This OPERA group sailing aboard the 690 passenger Azamara “QUEST” offers complimentary spirts, wine and beer, gratuities, shipboard credit, four specialty dinners and unlimited WiFi.  You will have a unique opportunity to combine two back-to-back cruises: July 22-29, 2017 (Rome to Barcelona) plus July 29 to August 5, 2017: (Barcelona to Rome), with an overnight in Barcelona where you can see Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

Ports of call:  Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy ~ Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy ~ Portofino, Italy ~ Monte-Carlo, Monaco ~ Saint-Tropez, France ~ Marseilles (Provence), France ~ Barcelona, Spain ~ Ibiza, Spain ~ Palma De Mallorca, Spain ~ Mahon, Menorca, Spain Bonifacio, Corsica, France ~ Portoferraio, Elba, Italy ~ Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

Opera In Barcelona: 

Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi, July 29, 2017, Barcelona, Gran Teatre del Liceu

Two Operas In Rome:

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, August 5, 2017 In Italian, and surtitled in English

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, August 6, 2017  In Italian, &  surtitled in English

Roma, Terme di Caracalla, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Your hosts will be San Francisco’s very own: Tom Taffel & Bill Repp, For more information, please e-mail Tom at: Tom@TomTaffel.com or telephone (415) 566-7673 or visit:  Tom’s Group Cruises.


Remember That Trump Tower Figaro Back in 1988?

Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars

Ciao, Opera Mavens. The NY Times interviewed Director Peter Sellars about the time, back in 1988, when he set Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in Trump Tower. Remember When Figaro Was Set in Trump Tower?

An OperaBobb Side-bar: On Sunday afternoon Nov 13 we zipped down to Los Angeles to see the famous English National Opera production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. Peter Sellars was sitting in our row, about four seats to our right. I had met him a couple of times when he was in San Francisco for Doctor Atomic in 2005, so when he passed us by going to his seat, I said, hi Peter. He gave me one of his legendary hugs and said, nice to see you. I’m sure he didn’t know who I was. I think he just hugs anybody in his path.