Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jose Rubio Performing "Cosi" at Revamped Tacoma Opera

Jose Rubio
We have a particular affection for the regional opera companies. They not only bring opera to people who may never have the opportunity to attend the Met or the San Francisco Opera, but they often produce some of the most innovative and exciting opera. Most singers who go on to great careers hone their craft at these companies and many will tell you that some of their best work was at a regional opera.

The Tacoma Opera sits in the shadow of the Seattle Opera with its internationally acclaimed performances of The Ring. Like all arts organizations they've faced their challenges, but they've revamped their company and are rolling out three fan favorites this season, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Verdi's La traviata and Peter Brooks' adaptation of the Bizet classic, La tragédie de Carmen.

Jose Rubio sings the Silvo-Nedda duet with Megan Hart:

The Tacoma Opera is partnering with the Tacoma Symphony for two of the operas and giving more members of the Young Artists program an opportunity to perform onstage with better known artists. Noel Koran, who took over the company in January, will also direct two of the operas. He's also cast fan favorite Jose Rubio as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, which should add some luster to the season. Rubio is a graduate of the Portland Opera Studio, which was one of last year's beneficiaries of the Barihunk Charity Calendar.

The Tacoma Young Artists will perform a fully staged version of La Tragédie de Carmen.

The season opens on November 2nd with Cosi fan tutte. Visit their website for additional performance information or to purchase tickets.

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