Rising Stars: An Interview with Luca Pisaroni

The following interview took place in the administrative offices of the Houston Grand Opera, whose facilitation of this interview is very much appreciated:   [Below: Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni; edited image, based on a photograph by Catherine Pisaroni.]   Wm: My first question of most artists I interview is of their earliest memories of music and […]

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Review: John Caird’s Magical “La Boheme” Production – San Francisco Opera, June 10, 2017

As the third offering of  its 2017 summer season, the San Francisco Opera mounted English director John Caird’s imaginative production of Puccini’s “La Boheme”. First performed in San Francisco in 2014, the production was revived with an attractive young cast, whose realization of Caird’s detailed staging, proved once again that opera singers can be good actors. [Below: Act II (French […]

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Review: “Don Giovanni” – D’Arcangelo, Schrott Lead Stellar Cast; Mozart Magic from Maestro Minkowski; – San Francisco Opera, June 4, 2017

Ildebrando d’Arcangelo was Giovanni and  Erwin Schrott was Leporello in a revised production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the San Francisco Opera. They were joined by a world-class cast under the direction of French Maestro Marc Minkowski. Ildebrando d’Arcangelo’s “Don Giovanni” Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, in his San Francisco Opera debut, was an energetic and stylish Giovanni. D’Arcangelo sang Giovanni’s […]

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