Hello Opera Leaguers:
At our September board meeting we presented LA Opera Executive Vice President John Nuckols with our annual gift, plus an additional contribution in honor of the company's 30th anniversary. With that extra gift, the Opera League will be a proud underwriter of the upcoming production of Norma.
That’s right, Leaguers. We’re now a month into the season and so much is going on, and that doesn’t include the record heat baking our fair metropolis.
I hope you were as wowed as I was by the double-bill season opener of Gianni Schicchi / Pagliacci, How fortunate we were to have Maestro Domingo play a key part in not one but both productions (singing the title character in the first opera and conducting the second). And with such mega film talent as Woody Allen (Gianni Schicci) and Franco Zefirelli (Pagliacci) behind them, is it any wonder the productions were as sublimely magnificent as they were?
Of course, the icing on all this was the Opera League’s Verismo seminar the Sunday before the opener. Big thanks to Dr. Nicholas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach at San Diego Opera, for traveling up to the City of Angels to share his deep erudition on this fascinating genre. We also got to enjoy the vocal prowess of Kihun Yoon, one of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists. Of course, none of it would've been possible without our passionate Opera League volunteers. Huge thanks and an eternal bravissimo to them.
We’re just getting started. The first Sunday in October saw our annual fall recital for African Americans for LA Opera (AALAO). Singer Freddy Ballentine and accompanist Alin Melik-Adamyan were superb. Thank you to Joe and Alice Coulombe for graciously opening their home for one of my favorite events of the year. If you haven't been to an AALAO recital, I can't recommend it enough.
Coming up next Sunday is our seminar for Moby-Dick. Santa Fe Opera's Desirée Mays and LA Opera's Nino Sanikidze will enlarge all our brains, while South African bass baritone Musa Ngqungwana will sing excerpts from what promises to be a visually, not to speak of sonically, amazing experience. If you don’t have your tickets yet, click here to order them.
If you'd like to whet your appetite even more for all things nautical, check out two articles on our website by Bob Bernard, one of our most consistent and consistently insightful contributors: an interview with Jay Hunter Morris, who will sing the role of Ahab ("Dead Man Sailing") and an examination of the names used in this seafaring epic ("What's in a Name?"). If you didn't think The X-Files and The Caine Mutiny had anything in common, you better think again.
It is you, our members and volunteers, who make this League what it is. I can’t thank you enough for your continued support.
Until next time.
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