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Archive for June 2012

Opera’s Francesca Zambello Talks With Huffington Post

Francesca Zambello ranks among the world’s most prolific opera and musical theater directors.  “We’re all pursuing the question of how to make opera more relevant for today. I believe that if content is relevant, people will make that connection. We don’t have to hit them over the head, but hopefully our patrons will go home and think about what they’ve seen and heard, and a deeper meaning will emerge.  Regarding Aida, it was the start of Arab Spring as I was planning this season, and I thought, ‘This is a piece with contemporary relevance — one culture trying to dominate another.’ I’ve only directed Aida once before in Geneva. It’s an opera I’ve been around a lot, but I want to create an intimate version. I think our Aida, Michelle Johnson, could be the new Leontyne [Price].”

– Susan Dormady Eisenberg

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE AT HUFFINGTON POST


Girls of Summer

ZULIMAR LÓPEZ-HERNÁNDEZ, Zerlina at Des Moines Metro Opera, talks to TRISTAN KRAFT about Mozart and other matters.

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Zulimar López-Hernández, who sings Zerlina in Des Moines Metro Opera’s Don Giovanni this summer, has a personality that seems ideally suited to the role: in conversation, one first notices her youthful enthusiasm, then her intelligence, then her pragmatism. The soprano only started taking voice lessons in college, where she studied to be a dietician before switching degrees to music. “At least I always try to take care of myself and eat well,” she jokes. Since then, she has made signature roles out of Despina in Così Fan Tutte (which she covered for New York City Opera in March 2012) and Norina in Don Pasquale (which she sang at DMMO last summer).

Click here to read Zulimar’s complete feature at www.operanews.com

 


OPERA SANTA BARBARA ANNOUNCES 2012/2013 SEASON

• COMPANY PREMIERE: FIRST-EVER OPERA SANTA BARBARA PRODUCTION OF VERDI’S AIDA

• MIHOKO KINOSHITA IS MADAME BUTTERFLY; INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED JAPANESE SOPRANO SINGS HER SIGNATURE ROLE

• ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOSE MARIA CONDEMI DIRECTS DON PASQUALE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2012
PRESS CONTACT: Steven Sharpe, 805.898.3890, steven@operasb.org

Santa Barbara – Opera Santa Barbara announces its 2012/2013 season, featuring three operas; a heartrending story of love and betrayal, a wrenching personal drama, and an effervescent comedy. The season opens with Madame Butterfly in November 2012, followed by Aida in March 2013 and Don Pasquale in April 2013.

“This will be one of Opera Santa Barbara’s most memorable seasons,” says OSB’s Artistic Director, Jose Maria Condemi. “I am particularly excited to present our company premiere of Verdi’s Aida, in a stunning production conceived by Francesca Zambello for the Glimmerglass Opera. As we continue to make our mark as a leading arts organization, I invite audiences both old and new to come see why people are talking about Opera Santa Barbara.”

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