Friday, January 29, 2016

John Malveaux: On Jan. 28, 2016 I attended the LA Opera 2016-17 Season Preview. African American cast included Tenor Frederick Ballentine in Macbeth

Frederick Ballentine

John Malveaux of 

On January 28. 2016, as guest of Kathy Crandall (immediate past president of Los Angeles Opera), I attended the LA Opera 2016-17 Season the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Featured African American cast for the forthcoming season include Soprano J'nai Bridges as Nefertiti in Philip Glass's  AKHNATEN, Bass Morris Robinson as Osmin in Mozart's THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, Tenor Issachah Savage as Narraboth in Richard Strauss's SALOME, and Tenor Russell Thomas as Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's TOSCA. In addition to discussion/explanation of the 2016-17 season, the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists illustrated the next season in live performances of arias. Tenor Frederick Ballentine as Macduff sang "Ah la paterna mano" from MACBETH. See attachment for picture of Ballentine after the program.


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