I’ve just posted a schedule update with some additions and some deletions as well. A couple of thing have gone by the wayside but most of all, I’m trying to keep my future work postings to a year and a half out as many companies do not want their secrets out until the season is announced. I can understand that and I have respectfully adhered to their wishes.
Here in Rome, we are preparing to do a final run-through of Britten’s Peter Grimes this afternoon and we’ll premiere it tomorrow night (26 October) at 18:00 (CET) Live on RAI Radio 3. www.radio3.rai.it Click on “Ascolta in diretta” for the live stream. Hope you can join us!!
Greetings from São Paulo, Brazil!
Well, another season has come and gone and I’m STILL not a good website updater! I apologize to those of you who have been waiting for updates and have not received them or have received them too late! I am in the process of getting that schedule updated as I know many of you count on it to keep track of me.
In any case, there have been a few things that have been missed that I wanted to mention. First, after an unfortunate turn of events in Zürich last May, I had to bow out of the La Straniera production. That also means I will not be there in October of this year as was previously scheduled.
I was extremely fortunate and happy to be able to take part in a magnificent new production of Verdi’s Otello in the Palau des Arts in Valencia, Spain with my good friends producer Davide Livermore, soprano Maria Agresta and baritone Carlos Álvarez. Maestro Zubin Mehta was our conductor and it was such a great honor and privilege to be able to stand in front of him and do this incredible role. This was a magnificent production in every sense. Congratulations to all involved.
That was followed by an historic mounting of Francesco Micheli’s production of last November’s Otello at La Fenice in Venice which was adapted and moved into the cortile of the Palazzo Ducale in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Parts of the original sets were not able to be used, but the overall effect was kept in tact. It was another spectacular production, this time under the stars in Venice. Although it was once an annual summer tradition in the 1950’s and ’60’s, it had been nearly 50 years since the last performances of Otello in the Palazzo, and one of those last performances starred Mario del Monaco as the moor. I was honored and humbled to be asked to be the artist to re-start the Otello tradition there. Alongside Carmela Remigio and Lucio Gallo with Maestro Myung-Whun Chung at the podium it was a magical experience to perform this piece in the home of the Lion of Venice. We will “repeat the feat” next July as well so I hope some of you will be able to join us.
Another “first” that was not reported here has been my debut (9 August) as Radamés in Aida at the Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, Brazil. I have sung (as of this writing) two performances with three more to go (20, 22 & 25 August) and I am finding it to be a wonderful role! My Aida is Maria-Jose Siri who is one of the great Aidas of our day. She has sung the role many times and is a wonderful singer and a sensitive partner. I look forward to singing this part many more times in the future and I look forward to coming back here as well as it is a wonderful place to work with a public that is extremely knowledgable and quite enthusiastic.
Well, that puts us up-to-date for now. I’ll try to be better at this.
Thanks for your patience and your support.
Happy New Year (a little late)! I’ve had a great past few months with a debut in Otello of Verdi in Venice, a wonderful return visit to Annapolis, Maryland for my bi-annual Messiah with the Midshipmen, a great Christmas at home with my beautiful girls (albeit I was rather sick the whole time), New Years in Barcelona and two very exciting concerts of Il Pirata at the Liceu with Mariella Devia and now having completed one of the two concerts of I Vespri Siciliani here in Athens, I’ve finally gotten around to updating my schedule.
There are some exciting additions including a return this November to Venice for Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine and after a 12 year absence, I’ve been invited to come back to La Scala, Milan in April of 2014 for David McVikar’s production of Berlioz’ Les Troyens with Antonio Pappano conducting.
I feel extremely blessed to be able to do this incredible job and I thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you all somewhere soon!!
Our premiere of Verdi’s Otello will be streamed live this evening at 19:00 CET (1:00 pm EST) and you can access it by clicking the link and then clicking again on “ASCOLTA RADIO 3 LIVE”. Hope you can join us tonight!!!
Yes, can you believe it? I’m actually posting something! I’ve been putting it off and putting it off and finally I sat down today and UPDATED MY SCHEDULE!! You can find it on the schedule page in a new format as well. It is as up-to-date as can be (except for a couple of projects yet to be confirmed) so I hope this will take away any questions and concerns some of you may have had.
Some of the new things are (as most of you already have heard) Otello (of VERDI!!) in November at La Fenice in Venice, which will be my debut there, then a January return to the Liceu in Barcelona for a debut as Gualtiero in Il Pirata with Mariella Devia for two concert performances. Next, I’ll return to the Megaron in Athens with the Greek National Opera for I Vespri Siciliani, then I’ll head directly to Bilbao to start rehearsals for Les Vêpres Sicilienne (IN FRENCH!! AM I CRAZY?!). You can click on the highlighted links to direct you to the theatre websites for more information.
Thank you all for your continued support, good wishes, prayers and kind words.
Look for more updates as we continue to roll along on this unbelievable ride. I promise to do this more often!
All the best,