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Profile: Baritone Michael Mayes

David Browning | Posted 02.15.2016 | Arts
David Browning

Michael Mayes has been making a big name for himself in the past few years, giving passionate and memorable performances in such works as Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking and Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied.

In My Backyard With Joyce DiDonato and Matthew Polenzani

Glen Roven | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

Despite finding unexpected glories in all of the Hermit Songs, Polenzani brought a particular ardor and insight to the final piece in the cycle, "The Desire For Hermitage -- the brilliant climax to an unforgettable evening. Bravo, tenore!

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo -- A Stunning Debut in 'Partenope' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.24.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's current production of Handel's 1730 comedy, Partenope -- now transported to a high-toned Parisian salon in the 1920s -- is an intoxicating whirlwind of fresh air.

Stephen Costello Riffs on Two Washington National Opera Debuts in Moby-Dick and Elixir of Love

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Costello's Washington company debut in Moby-Dick will be his third outing as Greenhorn, a character whose lyrical arias lend poignancy to this riveting epic, adapted from the Melville novel by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Costello created his role for the Dallas Opera premiere in 2010 and sang it again for San Francisco in 2012.

Review: Three Mini-Operas Cast a Spell at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

The second season of Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative opened on November 13 with a trio of eclectic short operas at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater.

Moby-Dick the Opera Sails Onto Your TV Screen

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 12.31.2013 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Scheer took Herman Melville's massive novel and, while providing a sense of life at sea -- the storms, the whale hunting in dinky rowboats, the task of rendering blubber into oil -- shaped it into a tale of relationships.

The Old Man and the Sea (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 11.21.2012 | Arts
George Heymont


'Moby-Dick' Opens at San Francisco Opera: A Conversation With Composer Jake Heggie

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.09.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"I knew from the beginning Moby-Dick was a very good idea," said Jake Heggie during our recent interview. "Right from the start, people were a little stunned that we were taking it on."

Birthdays and Valentines

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

We had an excellent recital at the Cultural Center at lunch time, and as a lovely encore we had a terrific Valentine greeting in the form of a tear-jerking rendition of "And This is My Beloved."

Slowly But Surely...

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

....we crawl methodically through the final stages of the preparation of this splendid opera, Jake Heggie's Three Decembers. I was thrilled that we m...

Potentially Quieter Day

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

That was how I thought that I would mange to get over the stresses of the last few week. I managed to get a quiet few minutes in the sun at lunchtime -- bliss.

What are we here for?

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

At the end of our short season it seems to be a legitimate question to ask. And it is a question that I ask from time to time during the rest of the ...