R.I.P. Robert Orth

Ciao, Opera Mavens. So sad to report the death of baritone Robert Orth. With SF Opera, from 1993 -2012, Robert sang in five productions including Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger in 1993 and Stubb in Moby-Dick in 2012.              ...

Newsy Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Woody Allen Directs Opera At La Scala – New York Post  Increasingly, Donald Trump Is Showing Up In Opera Productions       – Washington Post         An OperaBobb Sidebar: For Fans of Bryan Hymel and Luca Pisaroni I...

Some Bad News and Some Excellent News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. There is good news and bad news. First, the bad news. Soprano Heather Harper died at age 88. She was born in Northern Ireland and sang two roles at the SF Opera: Charlotte in Werther in 1975 and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes in 1976. Soprano Heather...

A YouTube Opera Gem

Juan Diego Florez Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here is a real find on YouTube. William Tell is a terrific 2015 production from the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro, Italy. Stars Nicola Alaimo, Juan Diego Florez, and Marina Rebeka. Has English subtitles and spectacular image....