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Patrick Mack

Patrick Mack starting listening to opera as a teenager to the total bewilderment of his rock and roll mother. He sang leading roles in the opera departments of Santa Monica College and UCLA and for two years in the Baltimore Symphony Chorus. In 2003 he joined the tenor section of The Verdi Chorus which has been giving young singers paid performance opportunities for over 30 years. He has served on their Board of
Directors since 2012 and handles their publicity, marketing, and Facebook page. Patrick is a luxury cruise consultant with All-Travel in
Los Angeles and was honored as one of the Top 25 Travel Agents in the country in 2015 by Travel Agent Magazine. Having weaned himself from an
early age on the musical opinions of Andrew Porter in the New Yorker, he has been wielding the critics pen on Parterre.com since 2011.
His singing of the national anthem has never failed to impress those standing closest to him at any public event he attends.



Meeting Rigoletto

I have a confession to make. I have been taking Rigoletto for granted.  Read more »

Twist of fate

The Verdi Chorus celebrated their 35th anniversary with their spring concert weekend entitled The Force of Destiny last Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. It was destiny indeed since it all started at the Verdi Ristorante di Musica on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. The restaurant offered Italian fare in a chic setting with performances from up and coming singers between courses.  Read more »

Every day a little death

Christoph Willibald Gluck was one of the first composers, along with his favored librettist Ranieri de” Calzabigi, to attempt to reform opera into a complete artwork. The ideal was a seamless fusion of music, drama, singing, and dance with a clear plot based on classical ideals. He’d already written nearly 25 operas by the time his Orfeo ed Euridice premiered in Vienna in 1762 starring the alto Gaetano Guadagni.  Read more »

The fire of artifice

My mother leaned in and quietly whispered,”Is that Leontyne Price?” to which I replied,”Shhhh!”

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Melody and more

The arrival of a new recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello into the catalogue, to say nothing of a new tenor capable of singing Otello, is generally cause for hosannas all around in operatic circles.

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Dames and divas

The Eloquence label of Australia, the down under-arm of Decca and now by extension Deutsche Grammophon, seems to specialize in the re-release of “Auld Lang Syne” treats.

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Babylon revisited

What if you could time travel back to the first run of Giuseppe Verdi’s first great success Nabucco?

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Diver gent

Georges Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles has been knocking steadily at the door of the standard repertoire now in this country for quite some time.

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In her role debut as Carmen, Ana María Martínez gets lost in the shuffle.

Carmen denominator

When you attend a performance of Georges Bizet’s Carmen you can never be quite certain which one you’re in for.

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Tragedy tonight

In May of last year tenor Piotr Beczala and soprano Anna Netrebko sang in Lohengrin for the first time under the baton of Christian Thielemann in his home house at the Staatskapelle Dresden.

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