Natalie Dessay last delighted San Francisco audiences in the title role of 2009's Lucia di Lammermoor and this summer she's back, but not in one of her signature roles. The soprano has appeared as Olympia is Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann
many times, but for this Laurent Pelly production, she decided to mix things up and sing a role she has always wanted to sing, the tragic role of Antonia. In today's blog post, Natalie Dessay answers our 5 questions.
Posted: 07/02/2013 by
Natalie Dessay (Antonia, The Tales of Hoffmann)
We here at San Francisco Opera are often asked, "Who was that great singer who played so-and-so in that one opera you did a few years ago? I feel like I have seen them here before." More often than not, the artist in question is one of the fabulous young artists we have had grace our stage.
This summer's production of "Cosi fan tutte" features the San Francisco Opera debut of German mezzo-soprano Christel Lötzsch in the role of Dorabella, as well as the mainstage San Francisco Opera debut of bass-baritone Adler Fellow Philippe Sly as Guglielmo. In addition, the rest of the Cosi cast is comprised of incredibly talented young artists who have recently appeared on our stage. For today's photo blog, we highlight each principal Cosi artist who has had past roles at San Francisco Opera. This way, when you see the production and think to yourself, "I feel like I've seen them somewhere before...," you'll impress your seatmates by knowing where.
Posted: 06/05/2013 by
San Francisco Opera
How have you prepared for your role as Hoffmann? Have you ever read the original stories that inspired the libretto by E.T.A. Hoffmann?
Owing to the fact that this version of Hoffmann is very different from ones I've been involved with before, there was a lot of new music, and dialogue to learn. As always with languages you don't speak, figuring out the meaning behind the words takes up a lot of time. And that goes not just for what I'm saying, but also for the things that are being said to you by your colleagues. I have read the E.T.A. Hoffmann stories, though I didn't revisit them for this revival here in San Francisco.
Posted: 06/03/2013 by
Matthew Polenzani (Hoffmann, Tales of Hoffmann)
Our next Adler Profile features tenor & first-year Adler Fellow A.J. Glueckert
who hails from Portland, Oregon. A.J. is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a former young artist at both Utah Festival Opera and Minnesota Opera. He was a 2012 participant in the Merola Opera Program and is also a former Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera. His past performances include the role of Crown Prince in the world-premiere of Kevin Puts' Silent Night
at Minnesota Opera and Opera Philadelphia; Mr. Owens in Argento's Postcard from Morocco
for the Merola Opera Program; and the Drum Major in Berg's Wozzeck
with Opera Parallèle. He will make his San Francisco Opera debut this summer in the world-premiere production of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
(check out his feature profile on San Francisco Classical Voice here
). An avid sports fan, A.J. looks forward to rooting on the Portland Trailblazers and other Pacific Northwest teams throughout the season.
Posted: 05/28/2013 by
San Francisco Opera
is a mezzo-soprano in her first year of the Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera. Originally from Washington, New Jersey, Erin studied music and religious studies at Cairn University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania and completed her Master in Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She was a participant in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program in 2009 prior to her participation in the Merola Opera Program in 2012. She made her San Francisco Opera debut in the role of Mrs. Medlock in the world-premiere production of Nolan Gasser's The Secret Garden
this past spring. She will be featured on the War Memorial Opera House stage this coming summer in the world-premiere of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
. Erin is the next of our talented young artists to be featured this week on Backstage at San Francisco Opera
Posted: 05/02/2013 by
San Francisco Opera