Category Archives: Opera

Stories about operas and singers

The Three Baritones at Resonance

My voice teacher for many years, Phyllis Peterson, a mezzo with many Carmen performances under her belt, often said that in spite of the tenor usually being the romantic lead in operas, she always preferred to go home with the baritone. … Continue reading

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This Messiah Was a Kick!

In the beginning was dance. Millions of years ago, when our ancestors first felt the need to communicate, I believe they did it through dance. Over millennia, they added chanting, then singing, then melodic instruments were used as a metaphor … Continue reading

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Backstage with Bubbles and Lucia

My favorite experience with a Donizetti opera involves my wife, several of my dearest friends, and soprano Beverly Sills backstage at Seattle Opera. Sills acquired her nickname, “Bubbles”, when as a teenager, she sang in a television soap commercial. There are … Continue reading

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Anna Bolena at Puget Sound Concert Opera

My favorite opera this week is “Anna Bolena” by Gaetano Donizetti. And my list of favorite singers this week begins with soprano Jennifer Bromagen, who sang the title role with Puget Sound Concert Opera on Sunday afternoon, September 27, 2015. … Continue reading

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Madness or a Moment of Clarity?

In “The Marriage of Figaro”, the Count sends an adolescent page boy, Cherubino, off to military service because he is a horny little toad. The Count has caught him attempting to canoodle with every woman in the palace, including his wife, … Continue reading

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‘Nozze di Figaro’ is Alive and Well

This opera almost never disappoints. It isn’t that it is never performed by people who don’t know what they are doing, but it provides such a marvelous opportunity that it tends to draw some good performers, and in this Bellevue City … Continue reading

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