Don Gibboni: Opera Apes

Don Gibboni: Opera Apes

Some people think Opera is just monkeying around on stage, and they may be right: The small apes use the same technique to project their songs through the forests of southeast Asia as top sopranos singing at the New York Metropolitan Opera or La Scala in Milan. I’m not going to say anything. I value my life. That was the conclusion of research by Japanese scientists […]

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Alessandro on CD ready for pre-order!

Alessandro on CD ready for pre-order!

In February I performed the role of Clito in our sell-out production of Handel’s Alessandro, and now, those performances can be yours to cherish until CDs go the way of casette tapes:   (or via Amazon DE | UK ) You’ll miss out on my satirical dancing, but you should buy it in any case. We were great, as the blurb says: With an outstanding cast: […]

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Karlsruhe takes Bronze

Karlsruhe takes Bronze

The industry magazine Die Deutsche Bühne (The German Stage) has just put our theatre in third place in Germany for the 2011/12 season (our rivals neighbours in much larger Stuttgart took first place): Auf Platz drei steht mit vier Stimmen unter Gesamtleistung das Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Wir zitieren Elisabeth Maier: „Der Neustart von Peter Spuhler und seinem Team ist nicht zuletzt deshalb gelungen, weil der neue […]

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But we have Wallenberg

But we have Wallenberg

I’m in the final week of rehearsals for a contemporary opera Wallenberg by the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, who was apparently a member of a leading Estonian avante-garde rock band. It’s a pretty intense piece, not only from the music (it’s got a big orchestra and lots of percussion… it’s pretty loud!) but the story. It’s based around the figure of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved […]

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Baroque & Roll on German TV

A bit of shameless self-promotion (which is usually confined to my singing blog) – here I am on ARD / SWR in my all-singing, all-dancing part in Handel’s Alessandro (click through to watch the clip):

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Australia Day in Limelight

To celebrate Australia Day, opera devotee and writer Sarah Noble highlighted a bunch of Aussie singers overseas, on the Limelight blog. Not only did I get a mention, she linked to this blog! So if you’ve come here via Limelight: welcome, and thanks for stopping by! To be honest, this blog isn’t really about singing (you can find my website here and opera blog here) […]

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Can I be Bo Skovhus’ stunt double?

I posted this earlier today on my singing blog: Today’s Badische Neueste Nachrichten has a review of Sunday’s Wiederaufnahme of La Traviata – a kind of ‘first taste’ report of the new ensemble in many ways. As the post title gives away, the review said I was a Bo Skovhus* look-alike! So… here’s a visual comparison for you: The review itself was a bit of […]

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The new season begins

It’s my first performance in my new Theater tonight! The Theaterfest is kind of like an open day, with a few open rehearsals and fun things like Karaoper (sing a duet with one of the soloists). I’m singing my aria from Alessandro in the ‘Coctail’ concert this evening. It’s all a fun way to kick of the season – and, hearing the other soloists rehearse […]

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End of season round-up

The end of the opera season is upon us, and tonight is my last performance in Nürnberg. It’s been a fairly busy season, having done 70 performances: 61 on the mainstage, 5 with the Hoschschule production of Figaro and a handful of concerts. Just out of interest, my performances on the mainstage of the opera house look like this:

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Some photos from my performances in Nuremberg

Photos by Jutta Missbach and Ludwig Olah.

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Two Boys

I really wish I could see this show. Nico Muhly is only 29 and this, his first opera, is a co-commission from English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York – it doesn’t get much bigger than that! Chances are, you’ve already heard his music, for example, if you’ve seen The Reader. He’s certainly an innovative composer and by all accounts this is […]

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Funny ad for ENO’s new opera about the internet

The new opera by Nico Muhly is called Two Boys, and based on a true story (starring my mate Nicy Spence).

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