R.I.P. Caballé

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Sad news to report. Montserrat Caballé died on Saturday. She was 85. My most vivid memory of her at the SF Opera was her role debut as Turandot in 1977. Soprano Montserrat Caballé, 85 – New York Times Here is perhaps her most famous recorded...

Sept : Heavy Duty Month for Streams + News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Sad news again. Famed stage director Tito Capobianco died at age 87. He directed nine operasi at the SF Opera 1962-1972. Tito Capobianco, Longtime Director Of The Pittsburgh Opera, Has Died At 87 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Eight streams to...

(R)evolution of Steve Jobs and Other Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. First, some sad news. Soprano Inge Borkh died last week at age 97. She sang eight roles at the SF Opera 1953-1956. She was particularly known for Salome and Electra. Live from Indiana University: The recent sensation at the Santa Fe Opera was The...

Newsy Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. In case you missed the broadcast last week, here is the link to PBS Great Performances: The Opera House. Well worth your time. Also, these items: Hurricane Harvey Cost Houston Grand Opera $15 Million from Houston Chronicle Woody Allen To Direct At...

RIP Huguette Tourangeau

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Canadian Mezzo Huguette Tourangeau sang five roles at SF Opera from 1971 to 1975, including Adalgisa in Norma with Joan Sutherland. She was 79. Mezzo-Soprano Huguette Tourangeau Dead At 79 from OperaWire...

Two Opera-Newsworthy Items

Ciao, Opera Mavens. First, famed Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos died this past week. He conducted five times at the SF Opera starting in the 1972-73 season. His last appearance was conducting Cenerentola in 2014. He was 78.     Next, the Vienna Staatsoper...