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,
Finally…I have been able to update my schedule on the website. A couple of new things for next year, but a lot of things for future years. Hope to see you somewhere, sometime!
Just a quick update. We will open Semiramide on Friday evening here in Naples..surprise!! We have a wonderful Semiramide, Laura Aikin who brings a great dramatic command to the part. Silvia Tro Santafe as Arsace and Simone Alberghini as Assur round out an excellent cast led by Gabriele Ferro in the pit. Luca Ronconi’s new production will be a fitting opening night treat. This will mark my return to Idreno, the part that got me started as a true Rossini singer in Pesaro in 1992. It’s been about 6 years since I’ve sung this role and I am every excited to sing it again, especially here at the San Carlo in front of such a great public. Opening night will be broadcast on RAI Radio3 on Friday evening beginning at 19:00 CET (1:00 pm EST).
Here’s the link if you’re interested: http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/popup/player_radio.html?v=3