Turandot - Meet the Artists! Feb. 18, 20, 23, 2016
Puccini’s spectacular masterpiece about a bloodthirsty princess whose icy, vengeful heart softens as she comes to know true love. The lyrical and sweeping score is filled with treasures including its signature aria “Nessun Dorma,” which has been used in many Hollywood scores and as the theme for BBC’s World Cup television coverage.
This concert is part of Pacific Symphony's "Opera Initiative", now in its fifth season.
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for February 18 - 23. You’ll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
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Alan Chapman introduces the music of Puccini's epic fairy tale, the opera "Turandot," in this Podcast.
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Lauded by the Austin Chronicle as “a rising star in the opera world” and praised by Opera News for his “keen eye for detail and character insight” for which “the result was a seamless, gripping flow,” director Eric Einhorn returns to Pacific Symphony for a new production of Turandot and joins Rutgers University for Così fan tutte in the 2015-16 season.
He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera to direct the revivals of Simon Boccanegra with James Levine conducting and Rigoletto. This summer, he directs the North American premiere of Portugal’s The Marriage of Figaro for On Site Opera, a site-specific company he founded.
Last season he returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to direct the world premiere of The Property, a klezmer opera for which he was also adapter, for Lyric Unlimited. He also made his debut with Portland Opera with Carmen and returned to the Metropolitan Opera to direct Hansel and Gretel.
Eric Einhorn (Cont.)
His direction of Dialogues des Carmélites for Austin Opera was awarded Best Opera at the Austin Critics’ Table Awards in addition to garnering him a nomination for Best Director.
Other recent projects include productions for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pacific Symphony, Utah Opera, Florentine Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Glimmerglass Opera.
Einhorn is the general and artistic director of On Site Opera, a company devoted to presenting site-specific productions. Its previous offerings include Shostakovich’s The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse at the Bronx Zoo, Gershwin’s Blue Monday at The Cotton Club in Harlem, Rameau’s Pygmalion at Madame Tussauds wax museum and Paisiello’s The Barber of Seville at the Fabbri Mansion. He has also served on the directing staff of the Metropolitan Opera since 2005.
Born in Pennsylvania, Tamara Mancini completed her musical studies at the Mannes School of Music in New York.
After winning several vocal competitions including the Giulio Gari Competition, the Licia Albanese Puccini Competition and the Opera Index Competition, Mancini joined the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship and Merola Opera Center. She made her debut with the company as Freia in Das Rheingold during the 2008-09. In 2010 and 2011 she appeared as Helmwige in Die Walküre.
Tamara Mancini (Cont.)
In the current 2015-16 season, Mancini’s appearances include her role debut as Chimène in Le Cid with Odyssey Opera in Boston and her return to the title role in Turandot with Pacific Symphony.
Mancini opened the 2012 season at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna in the title role of a new production of Puccini’s Turandot opposite Yonghoon Lee. She recently made her debut at the Royal Opera, Stockholm as Turandot and at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in the same role. She then joined the roster of the Seattle Opera in Das Rheingold, Götterdämmerung and was also heard in the role of Ortlinde in Die Walküre. Engagements for the 2013-14 season included her debut at the Vancouver Opera as the title character in Tosca.
Tamara Mancini (Cont.)
As a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, she also appeared with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra at the Stern Grove Music Festival opposite Marco Berti in excerpts from Tosca and La Wally.
While at San Francisco Opera, Mancini also prepared and covered roles including Marietta in Die Tote Stadt, Elettra in Idomeneo, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Desdemona in Otello and the title role in Suor Angelica.
She has sung under eminent maestri including Donald Runnicles, Patrick Summers, Giuseppe Finzi, Nicola Luisotti, Michael Tilson Thomas and John DeMain. Other roles in her developing repertoire include Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Leonora in La Forza del Destino, Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chenier, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and the title role in Tosca.
On making the switch from theater to opera, Marc Heller has had the privilege to perform principal tenor roles at many prestigious opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera; Dutch National Opera; Théâtre du Capitôle Toulouse and Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole in France; Royal Swedish Opera of Stockholm; the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Hessisches Staatstheater and the Komische Oper Berlin in Germany; Ópera de Oviedo in Spain; Malmö Opera in Sweden; and the International Music Festival of Macau, among many others.
Marc Heller (Cont.)
Last season, Heller had a resounding international success portraying the eponymous heldentenor Sigurd in the German premiere of Ernest Reyer’s opera of the same name; a performance which garnered international critical acclaim, including in such publications as Das Opernglas, referring to Heller’s vocal performance as “downright spectacular.” Heller also debuted as Andrea Chénier and made his successful debut as Max in Der Freischüetz.
Fresh on the heels of a major success as Jean de Leyde in the Badisches Staatstheater’s new production by Tobias Kratzer of Meyerbeer’s masterpiece Le Prophète, in which he was reviewed in Opernnetz as a “heldentenor with lyrical dexterity and convincing nuances,” Heller reprises the roles of Otello, Calàf in Turandot, Radames in Aida and Canio in Pagliacci.
Mark Heller (Cont.)
Having performed the role of Calàf in new productions of Turandot in the past few seasons—in Minsk, in Oviedo, Spain and at the Domstufen Festival in Erfurt July 2013—Heller’s 2013-14 season followed curiously with all Verdi roles in all new productions, singing Ernani at the National Lithuanian Opera, Gustavo III in Un Ballo in Maschera in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (dir. Fernando Bicudo), Don Alvaro in La Forza del Destino at the Hessisches Staatstheater, and his debut and subsequent performances as Otello at Theater Erfurt.
That season finished finally with his debut as Canio at the Maryland Lyric Opera in Pagliacci, his next reprise of which role will occur in tandem performances of his debut in June 2016 as Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at Opera du Metz.