Tenor Brandon Jovanovich is no stranger to San Francsico Opera audiences. But in recent years, we have seen him transition from singing Puccini (Pinkerton in 2007's Madama Butterfly
and Luigi in 2009's Il Tabarro
) to Wagner (Siegmund and Froh in 2011's Ring
cycle). In his biggest assignment with the Company yet, Jovanovich is currently singing his role debut as the title role of Wagner's Lohengrin
. We asked Brandon a few questions about Lohengrin,
his fellow cast members and his favorite things to do in San Francisco.
Posted: 11/06/2012 by
Brandon Jovanovich (Lohengrin, Lohengrin)
For Los Altos-raised soprano Talise Trevigne, performing the role of Pip, the 14 year-old cabin boy, in Moby-Dick
is the ultimate homecoming. We asked Trevigne five questions about her unique experiences on the Pequod and about being back in the Bay Area for this landmark production.
Posted: 11/01/2012 by
Talise Trevigne (Pip, Moby-Dick)
It is not surprising that many people assume Herman Melville wrote his classic novel Moby-Dick
on Nantucket, a small island off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It is, after all, the setting for much of the book, home port to the Pequod
and home to many of the story’s most central characters. But in reality, Melville never set foot on the island before Moby-Dick
was published in 1851. He wrote the book at a secluded farm in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, over 100 miles from the nearest large body of water.
An excerpt from the Berkshire Historical Society explains:
Posted: 10/30/2012 by
The Berkshire Historical Society
Tenor Stephen Costello is currently starring as Greenhorn in our production of Moby-Dick
on the War Memorial stage. Earlier this month he answered a few questions for stephencostellotenor.com
ahead of opening night. The San Jose Mercury News
raves that as Greenhorn, the novice seaman "who evolves into the spitting image of Melville's able Ishmael," Stephen Costello "rapturously" sings his soliloquy.
Posted: 10/23/2012 by
When I found out I was going to be the assistant conductor for Moby-Dick, I knew it meant that I was going to have to read the book. My attitude about that prospect was probably very much like yours. Sigh. But the choice was unflinching: Either I'm going to read Moby-Dick now, when I have every possible motivation and sufficient time, or I'm just never going to read it. Short of actually going on an extreme whaling vacation, I couldn't think of a more obvious circumstance to do something that I've long said I wanted to do. I'm happy I read it, and it made me feel more prepared, but it was unnecessary. Heggie's Moby-Dick does not need a primer to appreciate it, to explain it or even to fill in the blanks, it stands on its own as a thrilling and genuinely dramatic modern opera. But let's back up.
Posted: 10/22/2012 by
Joseph Marcheso (Assistant Conductor, Moby-Dick)