Friday, March 28, 2008
Opera San Jose shows up San Francisco Opera
The San Francisco Opera is a wonderful place to enjoy some great opera, but I have to wonder what happens when they get around to casting baritones. I've already posted about their upcoming season, which has one barihunk, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. So imagine my reaction when I received my Opera San Jose newsletter in the mail today with their house barihunk Kenneth Mattice?
Mattice will be singing Papageno and hopefully in tights like when he sang Mercutio in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. Hopefully, someone from the San Francisco Opera will be in attendance, since their flier also arrived and a number of roles are still not cast (including L'elisir d'amore, which Mattice sings). They should also check out Jesse Blumberg who is on this site and singing in the area. Of course, this is the opera company who cast one the hottest barihunks, Günther Groissböck, in the anti-barihunk role of Fafner in Das Rheingold. If Günther Groissböck walked in your office, would you cast him as a monster or in a tee shirt, like they did in Germany?
Mattice who is a artist of Opera San José's resident company, recently made debuts in Baltimore, Chautauqua and Opera Theatre North.