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Ebben, presto morrai!

After nearly a half century on stage, San Diego Opera will cease operations after its current season, said Ian Campbell, the opera’s general and artistic director. (Photo: Ken Howard)

181 comments

  • ilpenedelmiocor says:

    Yes, very moving evening and a fantastic performance. The best all-round music performance I’ve ever attended locally and probably among my top five all-time performance experiences. I’ve never seen a San Diego audience respond like that (at least thirty seconds of profound silence after the music stopped before the floodgates burst).

    Zanetti is a magician. How he managed to get a burnished, articulated rendition with actual dynamic phrasing out of our local pick-up band of symphony orchestra players, who usually sound quite plodding and pedestrian and almost disinterested in their own concerts (and are now out a good portion of their annual income with loss of the opera gigs) was nothing short of a miracle. This and Ballo were my first experience of him, and I definitely want to hear more.

    The soloists were both rock solid and on fire, mixing metaphors because they did. Stoyanova was transcendent, Blythe was inspired — how she managed to personalize the experience for everyone in that 3000-seat barn was a master class in performance art; I love how she actually listens to (and watches) her colleagues as they perform — Beczala was impassioned if pitchy in places, and Furlanetto his usual force of nature. I can’t think of a better quartet of current singers for this piece. What they pulled off was just stunning — I hope someone recorded it.

    The chorus (combined San Diego Opera Chorus and San Diego Master Chorale, so some 200 strong) were also very good. Afterwards there was lots of hugging and fighting back of tears among the guys in the chorus outside the theatre — they’re basically laid off after next month. Sad sad sad sad. But what a way to go out with a musical bang, even if with a fiscal whimper.

    • Guestoria Unpopularenka says:

      Sounds like a tearjerker evening. By the way, the Requiem will be broadcast on March 29th.

    • Lady Abbado says:

      Beczala is supposed to sing Rodolfo in Paris on the 27th -- are rehearsals getting so short these days?!

  • Cicciabella says:

    Broadcast where, Guestoria? For me Stoyanova and Beczala are the best Verdi Requiem soprano and tenor singing today. Is it an international webcast?

  • A. Poggia Turra says:

    Another broadcast note: The April 18th performance of Manon Lescaut from Badeb-Baden (Westbroek, Massimo Girodani and the BPO under Rattle) will be shown on Arte on April 16th at 18:00 CEST. Still not sure if it will also be shown on Arte Concert, but here’s hoping ….

  • GRDowntown says:

    I actually thought the San Diego Opera closing was an April Fool’s Day entry. Then, sadly, I realized that we were still in March. This is very sad day for opera.