Cange’s Corner

'Siegfried' on the radio!!!

For those so interested, the final San Francisco Opera Radio Broadcast of Siegfried will be Sunday, November 6 at 11:00 p.m. (EST), 10:00 p.m. (CST), and 8:00 p.m. (PST) on KDFC 90.3, San Francisco.  Below is the link that will take you the "Listen Live" page for the live-stream internet…

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Why the Lyric Opera of Chicago??

As I sit today (Saturday October 15) and listen to the 32nd annual Operathon on 98.7 WFMT here in Chicago (in between studying my Russian for our upcoming production of Boris Godunov), I am compelled to outline in writing something that I articulated earlier today in my "on-air" appearance. Why…

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Opera Review: Wozzeck, Santa Fe Opera-July 30, 2011

There have been many 'soldier portrayals/characters' in the annals of the operatic forum; from the comic, blustering Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, all the way to a cross between Gomer Pyle and Forrest Gump in the character of Josef Schweik in Kurka's rather contemporary opera The Good Soldier Schweik, that…

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It's All History Now!

When the final curtain came down on San Francisco Opera's newly rolled out Ring Cycle, a great sigh (or shall we say "heave") of relief came from all corners of the Opera House:  From the Administrative Office Suites, across to the Media Studio, through the Public Relations wing, right down…

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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…

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Out of the Closet…(Finally)

As a result of the dizzying success of San Francisco Opera's new Ring Cycle, and for me, Siegfried in particular; I have come so close to being 'outed', that I might just as well cop to it right now on my own terms.  If I do not, then I am…

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Butterflies are free…

I write this blog posting as I wait to perform Das Rheingold, the first installment of Richard Wagner's epic Ring of the Nibelungen, on this, the first of our 'Cycle' presentations.  We will perform all four operas this week, and repeat this task to complete 3 full cycles by the…

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"A Sizzlin' Sitz"

When all the "i's" are dotted, all the "t's" are crossed, and the final page is turned; one may look back at the Siegfried sitzprobe of May 17 & 18, 2011 and correctly identify it as the tipping point where one could now actualize--not just envision--the success of the upcoming…

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