Designing the new season for San Diego Opera involves a crucial balancing act, and General Director David Bennett has honed his formula based on the vision he proposed when he arrived in San Diego four years ago: familiar grand opera for the traditionalists and exciting contemporary opera that pushes the envelope.
About Ken Herman
Posts by Ken Herman:
Under the aegis of San Diego New Music, Colin McAllister and several musical colleagues followed in the footsteps of the 17th-century Florentine Camerata, presenting Christopher Adler’s “Aeneas in the Underworld,” a recounting of one of the stories from Virgil’s The Aeneid in a fashion that might have been recognized by the ancient Greeks, but using a contemporary musical idiom.
San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett wisely hired Ginger Costa-Jackson to sing the title role of his company’s recently opened production of Bizet’s “Carmen.” Vocally and dramatically, Costa-Jackson’s Carmen is simply nonpareil.
Last weekend, March 22 & 23, 2019, the San Diego choral ensemble Sacra/Profana presented “Gender: X,” an adventurous and challenging collage of works by women composers and poets under the direction of guest conductor Emilie Amrein.
Under Cygnet Theatre Artistic Director Sean Murray’s astute direction, this searing production of “Perestroika” commands the Cygnet stage in Old Town. It will play in repertory with Murray’s
electrifying production of Tony Kushner’s first part of “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” through April 24, 2019 .
The March 22 San Diego Symphony Concert with the San Diego Master Chorale, under the baton of guest conductor Courtney Lewis, took the audience on an unexpected Puccini adventure: a compelling performance of his “Messa di Gloria” for chorus, three soloists and orchestra.