Monthly Archives: June 2011

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 11

by Megan Meister

Today’s auditions were a mix of singers already under management and then several members of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Program.  I only heard a total of 12 singers today because people were ill which led to several cancellations. The most interesting singer today was an Estonian mezzo named Kai Ruutel, who is […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 9

by Megan Meister

Yesterday I had lunch with soprano Claire Rutter’s manager (she was our “Donna Anna” in last season’s DON GIOVANNI) and learned that Claire had just been asked by the Royal Opera to “stand by” for performances this week of the title role in TOSCA.  Soprano Martina Serafin, who is scheduled to sing, has been sick, […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 7

by Megan Meister

Only nineteen singers today, and only three who “crashed and burned.”.   The majority of the rest of them sang decent, but unexceptional auditions, but there were a few who really impressed me for various reasons. One was an American baritone named Randal Turner who started off with Starbuck’s aria from the end of Act I […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 4

by Megan Meister

Yesterday’s performance very nearly was GOETTERDAEMMERUNG for tenor Ian Storey, who was singing the punishing role of Siegfried.  Near the end of the second act he was obviously having vocal trouble, and barely  managed to finish the act.  David Gockley, the San Francisco Opera’s general director, came out in front of the curtain before the […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 3

by Megan Meister

June 18 Lunch yesterday with composer Jake Heggie to discuss a possible future project.  I will see him again in August in Adelaide for the Australian premiere of MOBY-DICK. Last night was SIEGFRIED, the third installment of Francesca Zambello’s extraordinary production of Wagner’s RING here in San Francisco.  This is perhaps the most difficult of […]

Jonathan Pell, Summer of Opera, Part 2

by Megan Meister

  Only four Adler singers sang for me today (I guess the RING has “wrung” them out)—all were fine, but only one really stood out.  It is the end of their season, and I am sure they are exhausted. The WALKUERE tonight  was brilliantly directed and some of the singing was thrilling.  Francesca Zambello’s production […]