Sunday afternoon, SummerFest Music Director Inon Barnatan matched Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s virtuoso, arch-Romantic Sonata in G Minor for Piano and Cello, Op. 19, with George Crumb’s rarely performed 1971 “Vox Balaenae” (“Voice of the Whale”) for amplified flute, cello and piano, and Maurice Ravel’s “Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé.”
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San Diego’s Opera NEO opened its 2019 summer festival slate of operas on Friday, August 3, with a commanding production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola in the Four Flowers Theater at La Jolla Country Day School.
The San Diego Pro Arte Voices under the musical direction of Patrick Walders opened its seventh season Friday offering a dependable array of off-the-beathen-path, sophisticated repertory sung with precision and verve
We know that the Opera NEO Summer Workshop and Festival is truly under way when Artistic Director Peter Kozma stages his annual Aria Marathon. Sunday, July 14, each of the 28 singers from this year’s festival offered their favorite aria, accompanied by the accomplished festival staff pianists, at Palisades Presbyterian Church in Allied Gardens.
Mark Saltzman has crafted “Another Roll of the Dice,” a new musical theater pastiche based on several Damon Runyon short stories and interlaced with a dozen previously unconnected Frank Loesser songs. Long on nostalgia and short on dramatic depth, it is nevertheless an effervescent entertainment.