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THOROUGHLY IMPRESSED

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MARIA NOCKIN talks to baritone Alan Opie,
who is about to sing Germont at San Diego Opera

 

On the Tuesday after Easter, I spoke by phone with British baritone Alan Opie who was enjoying the warm temperatures and blue skies of San Diego. He was in town to sing the part of the elder Germont in the San Diego Opera production of La traviata. Since he had only recently arrived, he had only been to one rehearsal.

Maria Nockin: Where did you grow up?

Alan Opie: I grew up in Cornwall, in the southwest of England...

Copyright © 15 April 2010 Maria Nockin,
Arizona USA

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Performances of San Diego Opera's La traviata featuring Alan Opie as Germont take place on Saturday 17, Tuesday 20, Friday 23 and Sunday 25 April 2010. Elizabeth Futral sings Violetta, Marius Brenciu is Alredo, Joseph Hu is Gaston, Scott Sikon sings the Marquis d'Obigny, Nicolai Janitzky is Douphol and Kristopher Irmiter is Dr Grenvil. Andrew Sinclair directs, choreography is by Kristina Cobarrubia and the conductor is Renato Palumbo. There's further information from www.sdopera.com or +1 619 533 7000.

Alan Opie has recorded for CBS, EMI, Hyperion, Chandos, and Decca. Releases include Alan Opie Sings Bel Canto Arias as well as Britten's Gloriana, Albert Herring, Death in Venice, The Rape of Lucretia and Peter Grimes. He also sings the title role in Dallapiccola's Ulisse; Tonio in Pagliacci; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Smirnov in Walton's The Bear, the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.

Recordings for Chandos:

Britten: Owen Wingrave
Britten: Death in Venice
Britten: The Rape of Lucretia
Britten: Peter Grimes
Britten: Billy Budd
Britten: Albert Herring

Donizetti: Lucia of Lammermoor
Donizetti: Mary Stuart

Holst: The Wandering Scholar

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana

Menotti: Martin's Lie

Prokofiev: War And Peace

Puccini: arias
Puccini: La bohème

Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers (highlights)
Rossini: The Barber Of Seville

Verdi: Nabucco
Verdi: Rigoletto
Verdi: Il Trovatore
Verdi: Ernani

Walton: The Bear
Walton: Troilus And Cressida

ALAN OPIE

SAN DIEGO OPERA

LA TRAVIATA

CAMBRIDGE

GONVILLE AND CAIUS COLLEGE

UNITED KINGDOM

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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