Friday, December 3, 2010

BARBER Excitement: New Brownlee CD, Enthusiasm for Kazaras

Seattle Opera's Barber of Seville cast will be assembling to begin rehearsals in another week and a half. And here are two items to fan the flames of excitement for what promises to be a brilliant production:

New Brownlee Recording.
In newspapers across the country, the Associated Press says tenor Lawrence Brownlee "at moments even surpasses the late Italian superstar" Luciano Pavarotti. CLICK HERE to read Verena Dobnik's review of EMI Classical's new recording of Rossini's Stabat Mater, starring Brownlee, Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, and Ildebrando d'Arcangelo and conducted by Antonio Pappano. Amazon has samples from this exciting recording posted HERE.

Praise for Jenkins and Kazaras.
On her blog Opera Theater Ink, Los Angeles-based critic Carol Jean Delmar praises Speight Jenkins' "impeccable taste" and wise leadership at the helm of Seattle Opera, and calls Barber Stage Director Peter Kazaras "a masterful director because he enables non-noteworthy actors to become noteworthy singers who can suddenly act. How does he do it? By giving them stage business which enables them to become the characters they portray."

Kazaras is currently in Cincinnati, auditioning singers for Seattle Opera's 2011/12 Young Artists Program with YAP Music Director Brian Garman. We hope on this blog to check in with them next week as they head for more auditions in New York City!