Mendelssohn’s supportive score for Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ represents a genius-level partnership that needs considerable artistic labor if paired on the same program. San Diego Symphony should have spent more time at the drawing board.
The premiere of Joseph Martin Waters’ opera “El Colibrí Mágico” in San Diego State University’s Smith Recital Hall on Sunday, October 13, tantalized the audience with the first half of this intriguing work.
Growing up in Cuba’s provincial city of Holguin, baritone Nelson Martinez loved music, but opera was not on his radar. His long journey as an opera singer took him from Cuban National Opera to musical theater in Mexico City and eventually to the Met. He sings Amonasro in San Diego Opera’s production of “Aïda,” which opens Saturday, October 19, at Civic Theatre.
Playwright Lynn Nottage is best known for her two Pulitzer-Prize winning dramas Ruined and Sweat. She has, however, written some other plays that are just as excellent and equally strong.
This week’s San Diego Symphony concert featured Víkingur Ólafsson’s smart, spirited Mozart Piano Concerto in C Minor, K 491, and Felix Mendelssohn’s complete incidental music to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Op. 61.
Herbert Siguenza’s current Rep world premiere starts with Moliere, stirs in Shakespeare and a taste of Oscar Wilde, and produces a farcial take on, of all things, the Sinaloan narco culture…
The eminent Bach Collegium San Diego opened its 17th season Friday, October 11, at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego with an all-Bach program that lived up to the ensemble’s estimable period music performance standards.