Sunday, September 13, 2009


I'm told that following Friday's season-opening Trovatore, the members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus have decreed that Sondra Radvanovsky should be the only singer ever again allowed to sing Verdi with the company. A little extreme, perhaps, but I take their point.


At 9/13/2009 7:35 PM, Blogger Patty said...

Extreme? Yep! But after attending opening night I totally understand! I was in heaven Friday night!

At 9/16/2009 11:28 AM, Blogger Terri said...

Oooooooooooooh yeah! She is one of a kind. I'm familiar with Sondra for many years. The talent was obvious from the start and has grown over time. She was a student of Ruth Falcon for many years and I'm told she is now with Diana Soviero (neither a slouch in terms of singing).
It's too bad it took so long for Sondra's debut, but it's wonderful that she's here at last.
I saw the final dress and will see a "real" perf on the 25th!
Can't wait.
I have NEVER heard people swoon over a performer the way the audience swooned after that Dress Rehearsal.

At 9/17/2009 10:13 PM, Anonymous cedric said...

Sondra won't be back in SF before 2015 unfortunately. She's booked till then with no future SFO contract thus far. Do you think Gockley can forgo Verdi until then? Nah, no way.

At 9/17/2009 10:27 PM, Anonymous cedric said...

while I'm commenting here, here's a blog that, I hope, qualifies as 'bay area music' for your blogroll:

At 9/18/2009 3:20 PM, Blogger Joshua Kosman said...

Certainly, certainly — it's done. Apologies for the oversight!

At 9/21/2009 3:54 PM, Blogger Lisa Hirsch said...

I went to the ballpark show Saturday night - fun, seriously variable sound that was too loud some of the time and too distorted some of the time, but one thing that came through is that Radvanovsky is the real deal. A superb "D'amor," very poised and with a gorgeous line.


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