Sacra/Profana gave the first choral concert of the fall season Friday, October 18, at Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach. Titled “Looking Back,” the program featured American composers who chose to set to music decidedly literary texts.
It’s called the Point Loma pause: the 10 or so seconds when a plane roars over Point Loma, and you have to stop mid-sentence. Every time it happened during “Ikaros,” the piece that Third Rail Projects created for the WOW Festival, the three performers went into stillness and looked up. I looked up, too, seeing this everyday occurrence as if with fresh eyes; marveling at the miracle of flight.
San Diego Opera opened its production of Verdi’s beloved grand opera “Aïda” Saturday, October 19, 2019, at San Diego Civic Theatre with as winning a cast of “Aïda” singers as you will hear just about anywhere. The production runs through October 27, 2019.
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.