Katherine has been asked to step in last minute for the role of Rosina in Paisiello’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia under Maestrro Conlon’s baton! The production is part of LA Opera’s Figaro Unbound series, celebrating one of literature’s most beloved characters through multiple settings.

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April 10 and 11 (at 7:30pm)
Giovanni Paisiello’s
The Barber of Seville
James Conlon conducts singers from LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and musicians from the USC Thornton School of Music Orchestra in a true rarity! Paisiello composed his operatic adaptation of the Beaumarchais comedy 34 years before Rossini. Tickets are free for this semi-staged concert, but reservations are required. A pre-performance talk by James Conlon will begin at 6:30pm both evenings.

Venue: Caroline’s Loft at LACHSA on the campus of Cal State LA (5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, 90032)
Information: PaisielloBarber.eventbrite.com

Streetcar trio
Reviews are in and the critical response has been overwhelmingly positive for this sumptuous production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire! Several reviews have highlighted Katherine Giaquinto’s performance:

“Soprano Katherine Giaquinto is clearly a performer with a future; she is vocally and dramatically secure, attractive and thoroughly musical. Her Stella is a smart cookie, but passionately in lust with Stanley; she loves her sister, but can’t believe that Stanley could rape her. Failed in her attempts at peacemaking, this Stella’s grief and confusion commanded attention.”

– Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bernardo Bermudez and Katherine Giaquinto share sparks of chemistry that show how Stanley’s primordial impulses brings out Stella’s lusty, earthy nature. Their verbal sparring is offset by the obvious sexual delight in each other, which makes Stanley’s brutish assaults on her all the more shocking. Both performers bring convincing acting and singing to their roles.”

– Mark Bretz, Ladue News

“I have never seen a more moving embrace on stage than when Stanley and Stella cling to each other after he strikes her; it’s real and honest and sexy and overflowing with need and passion-but also with tenderness and love… Katherine Giaquinto, as Stella, [has a] gorgeous clear lyric soprano voice… Miss Giaquinto beautifully captures all the sweetness that the composer has given to Stella’s role; her serenely blissful vocalise after that reconciliatory night with Stanley is one of the high-points of the evening.’

-Steve Callahan, Opera World.com

“This is an opera worth seeing, and worth pondering. Lacy Sauter and Katherine Giaquinto, cast respectively in the lead roles of Blanche Dubois and her sister Stella Kowalski, are both gifted with powerful and unfailing voices, unwavering in accuracy.”

-Gary Scott, KDHX.org

 

 

 

LA Opera has given me permission to capture on film the process of creating our opera, The Magic Dream, with an aim to give viewers a look at what it’s like being INSIDE opera. What do opera singers do to prepare for performance? What kind of music do they listen to, besides opera? Are opera singers serious ALL THE TIME, or do they have a sense of humor? Why do we think it’s important to bring opera out of the
theater and into the community?

Click here to see my introduction as guest blogger, and follow the daily video blogs at http://media.laopera.com/news/. Stay tuned for the finished mini-documentary, coming in February!