Over the weekend, San Diego Opera announced some changes in the 2018-19 season: Hansel and Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck’s delightful fairy tale opera, will be replaced by performances of Peter Rothstein’s All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 as part of the company’s dētour series.
Everything else that isn’t a critical review
Encountering Opera NEO’s annual Aria Marathon Sunday, July 15, at Palisades Presbyterian Church in Allied Gardens signaled that Opera NEO’s summer festival is again at hand. This marathon is a ritual that gives each singer participating in the five-week festival the opportunity to sing their best opera aria to a captive audience.
Morris can’t describe the dancing in “Pepperland,” except to say: “It’s full on dancing and fabulous, and the music is marvelous. It may be dark outside, but yes, dress in brilliant colors! It’s not hippie, it’s mod…”
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.
“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.