Cuban-American soprano Elaine Alvarez is in San Diego preparing to perform the title role in San Diego Opera’s production of Daniel Catán’s opera “Florencia en el Amazonas,” which opens Saturday, March 17, at Civic Theatre.
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“Giselle is all about the story,” says Ariana Gonzalez, who dances the role of Giselle…“It still resonates, and in the Pas de Deux with Albrecht, the music and choreography take me to another place. It’s surreal.”
Judges and two audiences awarded prizes in three categories. Unlike previous years, there were no hip hop armies charging forward. Instead, dances blasted the senses with dramatic ensembles, angry fists, and quirky theater. And love.
San Diego Opera’s General Director David Bennett just announced Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” and Bizet’s “Carmen” as the 2018-2019 traditional main stage productions at Civic Theatre. Additional productions next season include Jake Heggie’s “Three Decembers” and Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.”
When San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett signed soprano Lise Lindstrom to sing the title role in Puccini’s “Turandot,” he was not exactly going out on a limb. She had performed it with acclaim at her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009, not to mention a well-received San Diego Opera production in 2011 . . .
The 37-year-old Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare made an auspicious debut leading the San Diego Symphony last month, and the San Diego Symphony announced today that Payare will be its next Music Director, filling the vacancy left by maestro Jahja Ling, who retired in May 2017.