A recent “Carmen” production in Florence, Italy had Carmen kill her stalker Don José in self defense in the opera’s final scene. San Diego Opera’s newest Carmen, mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson, prefers the traditional climax: “I think she is better seen as a martyr to the #MeToo cause.”
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Steven Schick Leads Stirring, Probing Account of Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony with La Jolla Symphony
After a rugged and stirring performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish,” by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Saturday, March 16, I left UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium refreshed and uplifted. Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony, based on the ancient Hebrew prayer for the dead, takes the listener on a probing and at times exalting journey.
For Art of Élan’s sleekly delivered concert on March 12 at the San Diego Museum of Art, Executive Director Kate Hatmaker selected an unusually amazing musical repast, starting with Georg Phillipp Telemann’s “Gulliver’s Travels” Suite for two violins and ending with a rare string quartet by film score great Nino Rota
Saturday, March 9, 2019, San Diego’s fearless Cygnet Theatre opened part one of Tony Kushner’s prize winning “Angels in America–Millennium Approaches” in a prodigiously acted and tautly directed production under the magisterial direction of Cygnet Artistic Director Sean Murray.
San Diego Opera’s love affair with composer Jake Heggie continued unabated Friday, March 8, 2019, with the company’s smart production of his 2008 chamber opera “Three Decembers” in the Patrick Henry PHAME! Theatre.
Acclaimed Soprano Frederica von Stade Headlines San Diego Opera’s Production of ‘Three Decembers’ by Jake Heggie
Acclaimed soprano Frederica von Stade returns to San Diego Opera this week to sing the lead role in Jake Heggie’s chamber opera Three Decembers, opening Friday, March 8. In her estimable career she has sung major roles in the great opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic and has made over 100 recordings that […]