Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thomas Hampson in 9/11 World Premiere at San Francisco Opera - Heart of a Soldier

"Thomas Hampson": Heart of a Soldier at San Francisco Opera
In commemoration of the upcoming 10th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that struck the United States on September 11, 2001, the San Francisco Opera has commissioned a new opera from composer Christopher Theofanidis. American baritone Thomas Hampson has been engaged to sing the role of Vietnam War veteran and 9/11 hero Rick Rescorla, an employee of Morgan Stanley who was killed in the attacks.

Bloomberg has published this article about Hampson's career and this role in particular.

The talented Kate Lindsey & Lucas Meachem in San Francisco Opera's "Don Giovanni"
We haven't really had an opportunity to tout the upcoming San Francisco Opera season, which stars many singers featured on this site. In October they will be performing "Don Giovanni" with the barihunk trio of Lucas Meachem, Marco Vinco and the astonishing young talent Ryan Kuster.  In November, they will feature Broadway superstar/opera singer Paulo Szot as Escamillo in Bizet's "Carmen." Although he's past his barihunk prime, the summer season will feature Sam Ramey in Verdi's "Attila." San Francisco Opera fans still talk about his sexy Mefistofeles in Boito's opera twenty-two years ago. The summer season will close will barihunk mega-star Nathan Gunn in one of his greatest roles, Papageno in Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

Nathan Gunn brings his famed Papageno to San Francisco Opera
The San Francisco Opera is currently featuring Wagner's "American Ring Cycle," which shouldn't be missed by any serious opera lover. The production is directed by Francesca Zambello, who is also directing "Heart of a Soldier." For more information about The Ring or San Francisco Opera's upcoming season, please visit their website.


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