One Last Hurrah…

It’s Final Siegfried Eve here in San Francisco, and as I gaze out at the clear blue sky (a true rarity these past few months) from my temporary condo at the Opera Plaza complex, I am thinking back on just how quickly the time has passed.  Even though the past three months have been saturated with rain, wind, cold, clouds, and illness…and I am indeed ready to go home…I still cannot help but think about how, in 2008, I thought this day would never come; and am now sorry that it is about to be all over.

I must admit, I had been waiting to recreate my favorite operatic role of Mime for some time now, especially when our sister production of this new and thought provoking Ring Cycle was canceled in Washington D.C. a few years ago.  I have to remember that I have been blessed with some truly legendary productions over time:  The Otto Schenk production that the Metropolitan Opera made so very famous; the August Everding production that so many in Chicago still talk about; and now what will surely be a legendary and lasting production by Francesca Zambello.  To be trusted to create anew a full Ring Cycle with so many talented singers, directors, stage managers, musicians, coaches, prompters, supernumeraries, volunteers, and company administrators; as well as the wholly prepared and ultra professional technical and stage crew, is simply the highest honor that one can hope to be granted.

I can only wish to produce one last fine performance, and go out with a bang in what is truly the Holy Grail of all opera.  The second Ring Cycle was unusually complicated for me, due to a late breaking case of ‘shingles’ that seemed to come out of nowhere (second time in six months)!!!  I wish to thank the medical staff that tended to me in an effort to restore me for tomorrow night’s performance…believe me, my fingers will be crossed until I sing the final note.

I know I will fall off an emotional cliff when it is all over–as I will not be going to work next week; but it is time for a bit of a rest, visits with family and friends, and a little world travel before I begin rehearsals again late this summer in Chicago for two fine productions of The Tales of Hoffmann, and Boris Godunov.

So now that I am packed (with most of my stuff shipped home), and have studied the score one last time (Maestro’s good orders), as well as having cleaned the condo unit (insist on leaving it as good as I found it); it is time to take my meds, watch the recorded WWE Monday Night Raw wrestling episode (my ‘trash interest’), and find a way to fall asleep (something I have not been doing too well these days), and hope to experience tomorrow night…

One Last Hurrah…


20 Comments so far

  1. Stephen L. July 1st, 2011 12:38 pm

    “My very best wishes to you for a splendid performance. Toi! Toi! Toi!”

  2. Ann R. July 1st, 2011 12:40 pm

    Just got home from the SFO final Rheingold — as always you were splendid! And you remain my *Valzacchi* for the ages, too!!

  3. Hugo P. July 1st, 2011 12:42 pm

    You were a perfect Mime!!

  4. Beth K. July 1st, 2011 12:44 pm

    Loving all your performances!

  5. David B. July 1st, 2011 12:46 pm

    I hope the rest of your run goes well and that I’ll see you in another production here in San Francisco in the future!

  6. Anton T. July 1st, 2011 12:47 pm

    Thank you for your talk last week. That was very informative and helped me learning how an artist grows over time.

  7. Bunny L. July 1st, 2011 12:48 pm

    Thank you for your insight into The Ring. Your presentation on the panel in San Francisco was WONDERFUL!

  8. Donna B. July 1st, 2011 12:51 pm

    I just read the reviews of San Francisco’s Ring. Congratulations to all of you. Wish I could have made it to San Francisco for the event and for your Mime (a performance I’ll never forget from the Chicago production).

  9. Neil R. July 1st, 2011 12:53 pm

    Would you pass it onto David Cangelosi: Tell him I was awestruck by his singing.

  10. Allison B. July 1st, 2011 1:26 pm

    All the very best — you’ll do wonderfully, as always; and just as I remember, you always do!

  11. Cynthia Brooker July 1st, 2011 1:29 pm

    David: so sorry to hear you have been “under the weather”! A true artist always works at perfecting right up to the last moment. (It sounds like you are on track!) Praying your finale tonight will be truly GRAND!

  12. Barb G. July 1st, 2011 1:42 pm

    Love and Prayers for a great performance (I’d wish you luck, but with your marvelous gift it’d be overkill.

  13. Lisa B. July 1st, 2011 2:01 pm

    Hi David. So sorry that I missed you after Siegfried last week. You were as fabulous as always!

  14. Robin July 1st, 2011 5:02 pm

    Tonight WILL be a sterling performance! You have infused “Mime” with all the qualities Wagner wanted him to have….. it has been wonderful watching you both in rehearsal and performance.
    I will never forget this “Ring”.

    Safe travels – and thank you for a brilliant portrayal.

    ♥ Robin ♥

  15. Heidi July 2nd, 2011 1:11 am

    Thank you for sharing your time & talents with us, the SF Ring has been a rousing success due in no small part to your energetic participation on- & off-stage! I would have loved to have been in the audience tonight, but could not get a ticket to the sold-out performance. Will look forward to seeing you again in the near future, please keep us posted on your plans. Toi, toi, toi!

  16. Heidi July 2nd, 2011 1:12 am

    P.S. Check out Opera Tattler’s interview with David:

  17. David Wagner July 2nd, 2011 2:42 am

    Saw SIEGFRIED 2 & you rocked! Shuisky in Chicago? I’d get on a plane to see that! — David in Virginia

  18. Millie July 4th, 2011 5:28 am

    Hi; I saw you a couple of times in the San Francisco Opera, but Mime on 7/1/11 was totally wonderful! Great singing and excellent acting! Come back to the SF Opera!

  19. Millie July 4th, 2011 7:23 pm

    I wanna add that you are great actor! i was amazed to see you running and jumping on the stage, especially with Wotan. When you climbed on the bus, I was really amazed. Not many opera singer can do that, maybe except Natalie Dessay (when she was at SF Opera) . She can also move freely on the stage, as if go dance.

  20. josef July 9th, 2011 4:05 pm

    I watched your performance in Cycle 3; you stole the show. Superior acting and singing. Take your meds and get some rest, dear bruder and hope to see you in next Lyric Ring in Chicago.2014? A memorable performance in a break-through, splendid Ring production.

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