Surrounded by civic leaders and members of the San Diego Symphony board and orchestra, Symphony C.E.O. Martha Gilmer introduced Music Director Designate Rafael Payare to the press, symphony patrons, and representatives of other San Diego arts organizations Monday (April 30) at Copley Symphony Hall.
Everything else that isn’t a critical review
“There are lots of tuxes and fringe, Charleston and jazz. Having Lisa Hightower sing and improvise, well, that takes ballet to another level.“Watch for the partnering. It’s very physical and my dancers make high-flying lifts and tosses look easy…”
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.
“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.”