In order to help you better appreciate our operas, our Community Engagement program presents this series of introductory podcasts hosted by Nicolas Reveles. These brief ‘conversations’ can be enjoyed by opera fans as well as those who are new to the art form. Informal yet informative, this is a great way to prepare to come see the operas during our season.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy New Year, Season 2015!

Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Community Engagement for San Diego Opera, looks forward to the 50th Anniversary Season with a 'thank you' to all of our supporters over the past year.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Is John Adams a Minimalist?

Composer John Adams is universally acknowledged as one of the great opera composers of our time. We're tremendously excited to be producing his work Nixon In China (1987) in our Fiftieth Anniversary Season in March, 2015. Let's take a look and a listen to his musical style: is he a minimalist in the tradition of composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich? Nicolas Reveles asks the questions, and perhaps has a few answers for you!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Ladies of 2015

The 2015 Season is a great opera season for strong female roles. Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Musetta in La boheme, and Madame Mao in Nixon in China all fit that description: strong characters, bold music! Dr. Nic spends a little time with these three women in today's podcast.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Don Giovanni: A Dangerous Opera!

Mozart and his poet-librettist Lorenzo DaPonte created a true masterwork in Don Giovanni, the story of a libertine nobleman and his constant need to seduce and abandon every woman he meets. A sordid story, sure, but filled with incredible music and drama. Dr. Nicolas Reveles lets you in on a few operatic secrets!


Friday, September 12, 2014

LA BOHEME: The Perfect Opera

In this introductory podcast to Giacomo Puccini's La boheme, Nicolas Reveles discusses why this opera is such a favorite from the repertoire and gives us a glimpse into Puccini's creative process. This is an opera filled with passion, joy, tenderness, romance and tragedy...it's got everything you could want for a great evening of musical theatre. 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nixon in China: An Opera About Contrasts

Welcome to the first podcast of San Diego Opera's 2015 Season! Let's begin with a introduction to John Adams' brilliant opera, Nixon in China which premiered at Houston Opera in 1987. In this podcast, Nicolas Reveles (Director of Education and Community Engagement) talks about the origins of the opera, you'll hear a bit of the prelude to the first act, and hear about the creators' approach to this fascinating historical event. 


Monday, June 2, 2014

The 2015 Season

"...and we're back!", as Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach says at the beginning of this podcast. And yes, we are! With your help we've been able to announce our 2015 Season with an exciting array of operas and a gala celebration of our 50th Anniversary of serving the San Diego community. Check it out...and join us!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Meeting Sancho Panza: Bass-Baritone Eduardo Chama

Eduardo Chama is one of those singers that we look forward to having back again and again because he's such a delight to be around, besides being a wonderful artist onstage. In the role of Sancho Panza in Massenet's Don Quichotte, he's perfect as the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic sidekick of the title character. Listen in as Education Director Nicolas Reveles interviews Eduardo about the role and the challenges of the opera.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Meet the Director: Keturah Stickann

We've known Keturah Stickann as a choreographer and as assistant director for two San Diego Opera seasons. Now she's back as the stage director for Massenet's Don Quixote. In this revealing interview, Education Director Nicolas Reveles speaks with her about the opera, working with Ferruccio Furlanetto and telling the story through music. Enjoy!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Meeting Dulcinea: Mezzo-soprano Anke Vondung

German mezzo Anke Vondung was last with San Diego Opera as Octavian in our production of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss in 2011. We loved her then, we love her now! She is debuting the role of Dulcinea in our production of Don Quichotte, so we thought it would be interesting to hear her talk about the role itself. Enjoy this interview with an utterly charming and outgoing singer, with Nicolas Reveles. 


Friday, March 21, 2014

Meeting the Don: Bass, Ferruccio Furlanetto

We welcome our favorite basso, Ferruccio Furlanetto, back to San Diego Opera to sing the title role of Jules Massenet's Don Quichotte. This is one of Furlanetto's favorite roles, along with King Philip in Don Carlo and Boris Godunov. In this interview with Director of Education Nicolas Revlees, he reflects on forty years of working in the opera world (actually to the day when this interivew was conducted!) along with advice to young singers looking to jump into a singing career. Enjoy!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Meet the King: Tenor, Piotr Beczala

San Diego Opera is delighted to have tenor Piotr Beczala back to sing King Gustav ('Gustavo') in Verdi's A Masked Ball. In this interview with Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach, he talks about the role, other Verdi characters he sings, 'updated' productions of opera and his recent appearance at The Met in Rusalka. You'll also hear a bit of one of his arias from Ballo. Enjoy!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Meeting Ulrika: Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe (Part Two)

In a continuation of her conversation with San Diego Opera Education Director Nicolas Reveles, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe turns her attention to the growth of the young singer, focusing on her work with the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. Working with young artists energizes Ms. Blythe and she has strong opinions about what singers need when they are beginning their careers. This podcast is a must see for voice students looking to connect totally with their art!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Meeting Ulrika: Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe (Part One)

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is well known to opera audiences, especially through the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts. She is making her debut with San Diego Opera in the critical role of Ulrika Arvidson in Verdi's A Masked Ball, one of her favorite roles. In this two-part conversation with Education Director Nicolas Reveles, she discusses the role itself and her connection with the great mezzo/contralto roles of Verdi. Enjoy!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Meeting Anckarstrom: Baritone, Aris Argiris

Greek baritone Aris Argiris is making his debut with San Diego Opera in the role of Anckarstrom in A Masked Ball by Giuseppe Verdi. In this conversation with Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education, he talks about his career, Verdi's baritone roles and singing with such great maestri as Zubin Mehta. Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Meeting Amelia: Krassimira Stoyanova

Soprano Krassimira Stoyanova comes to San Diego Opera for the first time to sing the role of Amelia in Verdi's A Masked Ball. Stoyanova has been receiving accolades for her singing all over the world, at all the great opera houses. In this interview with Nicolas Reveles, you'll hear about her early career, singing Verdi and this wonderful opera.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Meeting Dulcamara: Bass, Kevin Burdette

One of the more delightful characters to grace the stage of San Diego Opera is coming your way in Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, and inhabiting this marvelous character is another marvelous character, bass Kevin Burdette. Last with us in the 2013 Season (Sulpice in The Daughter of the Regiment) Kevin is stepping in at the last minute for an indisposed singer. He fits the role like a glove and is welcome company in this interview with Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education, as he talks about his career and the role he's singing.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Conductor, Karen Kamensek

Making her debut with us as conductor of Donizetti's Elixir of Love is Karen Kamensek, Musical Director and Chief Conductor of Opera Hannover in Germany. In this interesting conversation with Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach, she talks about how she got from her hometown of Chicago to Hannover with little detours to New York, Vienna and Hamburg along the way. Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Meeting Nemorino: Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti

Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti hails from the southernmost tip of Italy (the 'toe' of the boot!) and has been singing his entire life. His operatic career has exploded and he can be heard in the lyric tenor repertoire in all the great opera houses of the world. In this conversation with Education Director Nicolas Reveles he speaks about the role of Nemorino, what a singer needs to be successful in the bel canto repertoire, and the influence of his two great mentors, conductor Riccardo Muti and tenor Alfredo Kraus. Enjoy!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Meeting Adina: Soprano Tatiana Lisnic

Moldavian soprano Tatiana Lisnic joins San Diego Opera for the first time as Adina in Donizetti's The Elixir of Love. Enjoy this conversation she has with Director of Education & Outreach Nicolas Reveles as they explore her career, her first appearance in the U.S., and the nature of Adina, the heroine in this romantic comedy.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Meeting Canio: An Interview with Tenor, Frank Porretta

Tenor Frank Porretta was with us last in 2002, singing the role of the Duke in Rigoletto. His repertoire has darkened considerably with roles like Otello, Don Alfaro (La forza del destino), Calaf (Turandot) and Canio in Pagliacci which he's singing for us. Join Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach for San Diego Opera, in a lively conversation with this wonderful artist about his career and the nature of this complicated character, Canio. 


Monday, January 20, 2014

Interview: Pagliacci Director, Andrew Sinclair

Australian native Andrew Sinclair is currently centered in London staging opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. But he is a popular visitor here in San Diego where, most recently, he directed the Zandra Rhodes production of Verdi's Aida. In this interview he talks about his particular view of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, his latest assignment for San Diego Opera, with Nicolas Reveles. 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Meeting Silvio: Baritone, David Adam Moore

Enjoy this interview with David Adam Moore who will sing the role of Silvio in San Diego Opera's production of Pagliacci opening January 25th. David's musical activities include an upcoming performance of the Schubert song cycle Die Winterreise (Winter's Journey) in Anchorage, in an unusual production including video projections and a set. Nicolas Reveles talks to him about the role, his operatic career and his creative work that keeps this singer on the cutting edge of artistic innovation.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Meeting Nedda: Soprano Adina Nitescu

Singing the role of Nedda in our San Diego Opera production of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci is Romanian soprano Adina Nitescu. Here she talks with Nicolas Reveles, Director of Education and Outreach, about her career and about the role that she'll be singing with us, opening January 25th. Enjoy!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Season 2014: What I'm Looking Forward To

Dr. Nic takes a look at the upcoming season at San Diego Opera and shares with us the things he's most looking forward to. A great intro for the uninitiated, but maybe you'd like to share what you are looking forward to! E-mail your thoughts to Nicolas.Reveles@sdopera.com.