I am currently in Albuquerque, playing my first production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with Opera Southwest. I am excited to be doing this for a number of reasons:
1. The production is led by Zoe Zeniodi, the first woman conductor in Opera Southwest’s 40+ year history. She is clear and precise and has a great ear.
2) Raúl Melo is singing the role of Canio – I am awed and moved by his visceral, old-school sound.
3) About twenty years ago, when I was accompanying “Vesti la giubba” at a lesson for my first “big” tenor voice, I remember the teacher saying “you don’t have to play so quietly, you’re never going to cover him in this…”
Performances run March 26 through April 2 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Here are the details.