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OperaBuff-San Diego
Del Mar, California
Retired Lawyer/Opera lover
Interests: Opera, classical music, history and golf.
Recent Activity
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, we attended the opening night of Jules Massenet’s Manon, (Lib. Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille)at San Francisco Opera. Here are my comments: I attended my first Manon in San Diego in 1974, presented in English with the budding star Catherine Malfitano in the title role... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Opera Buff-San Diego
We happened to be in New York on October 10th and 11th as part of a longer trip and took advantage of the occasion to attend two performances at the Metropolitan Opera, one of Mozart’s singspiel The Magic Flute (Ger. Die Zauberflœte) and one of Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Opera Buff-San Diego
For several years now, we have visited Santa Fe to attend its opera festival, usually attending three operas, and in one case, four. In some of those years, I have discovered operas or performances that profoundly affected me, such as my first Wozzeck with Hakan Hagegard in the title role,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Opera Buff-San Diego
I have always loved Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. (Fr. Les Contes d’Hoffmann). With its colorful characters, bizarre, sometimes downright creepy stories, and imaginative sets and costumes-what’s not to like? As in any opera, however, the music determines its success, and Hoffmann contains glorious music in spades, from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Opera Buff-San Diego
I have always struggled with Falstaff, Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera. My struggle began about fifty years ago, listening to a recording of the opera. I was unimpressed-it lacked melody and was not that funny, having been largely based on one of Shakespeare’s weaker plays, The Merry Wives of Windsor. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Opera Buff-San Diego
On Saturday, December 5, 2016, we attended the opening night at Los Angeles Opera of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, which premiered in Stuttgart in 1984, based on the life of a monotheistic Egyptian pharaoh who reigned from 1353-1336 BCE. Certain writers, for example, Sigmund Freud, have proposed that Akhnaten may have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
On October 30, 2016, I attended the last performance of Rossini’s Cinderella (It. La Cenerentola) presented by San Diego Opera. To my surprise, I found the production charming, delightful, funny and musically well executed. I say “to my surprise,” because as noted in my comments on the Los Angeles Opera... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
October 30, 2016, I attended the last performance of Rossini’s Cinderella (It. La Cenerentola) presented by San Diego Opera. To my surprise, I found the production charming, delightful, funny and musically well executed. I say “to my surprise,” because as noted in my comments on the Los Angeles Opera production... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
On October 8, 2016, we attended the Los Angeles Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, first composed by the great master in 1847 and partially revised for a Paris production in 1865. As those of you who have read my comments before know, I am relatively easy to please, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
On October 8, 2016, we attended the Los Angeles Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, first composed by the great master in 1847 and partially revised for a Paris production in 1865. As those of you who have read my comments before know, I am relatively easy to please, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
On September 13th and 14th, 2016, we attended two very different operas in San Francisco, one a word premiere, Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, and the other Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, first performed at La Scala in 1896, once a common repertory piece, but now staged less often.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
We spent August 9-15 in Santa Fe, this time attending four of the five operas (Roméo et Juliette, Don Giovanni, Capriccio, Vanessa, and La Fanciulla del West) instead of our usual three. Because we had already seen Roméo et Juliette in San Diego with the Santa Fe stars, Stephen Costello... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
June 24th, 25th and 26, we attended three classic, but very different operas at San Francisco Opera, Verdi’s Don Carlo, Janacek’s Jenufa, and Bizet’s Carmen. I enjoyed all three, but the first two were among the best productions and performances that I have ever experienced. Don Carlo. Depending on how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
July 24th, 25th and 26, we attended three classic, but very different operas at San Francisco Opera, Verdi’s Don Carlo, Janacek’s Jenufa, and Bizet’s Carmen. I enjoyed all three, but the first two were among the best productions and performances that I have ever experienced. Don Carlo. Depending on how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
July 24th, 25th and 26, we attended three classic, but very different operas at San Francisco Opera, Verdi’s Don Carlo, Janacek’s Jenufa, and Bizet’s Carmen. I enjoyed all three, but the first two were among the best productions and performances that I have ever experienced. Don Carlo. Depending on how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
July 24th, 25th and 26, we attended three classic, but very different operas at San Francisco Opera, Verdi’s Don Carlo, Janacek’s Jenufa, and Bizet’s Carmen. I enjoyed all three, but the first two were among the best productions and performances that I have ever experienced. Don Carlo. Depending on how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
Saturday night, May 7, 2016, marked the debut of Jake Heggie’s Great Scott at San Diego Opera, it having received its world premiere at Dallas Opera in October 2015. Despite the considerable cost of this production, and San Diego Opera’s near-death experience two years ago, our opera company to its... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
Saturday night, April 16, we attended San Diego Opera’s presentation of operatic warhorse, Madama Butterfly, by Giacomo Puccini. I had seen it not long ago at Los Angeles Opera with Ana Maria Martinez, resplendent in the title role, and was very much looking forward to seeing it with Latonia Moore,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
This is my year for Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. My home company, San Diego Opera, is staging it, commencing April 16th, with Latonia Moore in the title role, the Metropolitan Opera is broadcasting it in HD to movie theaters on April 2nd with Kristine Opolais, and we just got back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
On Saturday night, March 5, 2016, at Symphony Hall, in San Diego, the great Italian bass, Ferruccio Furlanetto, made his American “recital” debut. I put the word recital in quotation marks because he was accompanied by the full San Diego Symphony, and sang, with the exception of excerpts from musicals,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca opened the opera season (as opposed to the recital season) in San Diego Saturday night, February 13, 2016, one of the two Puccini operas in the three-opera season, the other being Madama Butterfly, undoubtedly scheduled at a time the Company felt the need to sell tickets or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Opera Buff-San Diego
Moby Dick in Los Angeles-The Success Continues When I commented on Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick after its first performance in San Diego in February, 2012, I stated: “…I will go out on a limb and predict that Saturday night, February 18, 2012, San Diegans experienced an opera, Jake Heggie’s Moby... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Opera Buff-San Diego
Background. René Barbera is an up-and-coming young (early thirties) tenor, whose voice is light and flexible, but at the same time, full and rich. He greatly impressed the audience at San Diego Opera’s Gala Concert, which we unfortunately had to miss, last spring and in response to audience demand, was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Opera Buff-San Diego
We started visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1999, first as a business trip, but then combined the trip with attendance at two operas, including the very charming Ariadne auf Naxos, an opera unlikely to be produced in San Diego. In 2001, we returned, taking in the stunning production of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Opera Buff-San Diego
We spent the weekend of June12-14 in San Francisco in order to attend three operas, Hector Berlioz’ Les Troyens, Marco Tutino’s Two Women (It. La Ciociara,) and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Here are my comments. Les Troyens For me the big draw was Les Troyens because it is rarely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Opera Buff-San Diego