Maria Nockin

In Review Stage Reviews
Los Angeles Opera 2017-18 Review – Rigoletto: Adela Zaharia Makes Triumphant Debut Alongside Michael Fabiano & Ambrogio Maestri
On Sunday, May 27, 2018, Los Angeles Opera presented Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with a new cast of singers that was equal to those who sang the premiere. For this unusual situation, I found it necessary to return to the City of Angels for another look. Having attended a matinee performance, I write about it as our car speeds eastward away from the pink and lilac sky of California recalling the…
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Long Beach Opera 2017-18 Review – The Love Potion: A Wonderful Production & Team Engages In Enchanting Experience
At a matinee performance in the Warner Grand Theater, San Pedro, California, on May 13, 2018, Long Beach Opera (LBO) presented Swiss composer Frank Martin’s secular oratorio “The Love Potion (“Le Vin Herbé”)” as an opera. Based on Joseph Bédier’s early twentieth century “Le Roman de Tristan et Iseut,” the musical work was first performed in Zurich in 1942. Although the original libretto is in French, LBO performed it in…
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Tucson Desert Song Festival 2017-18 Review: Phillippe Sly and John Charles Britton Deliver Mesmerizing Night of Schubert
On February 3, 2018, the Tucson Guitar Society and the University of Arizona Bolton Guitar Studies Program presented bass-baritone Philippe Sly and guitarist John Charles Britton in an all-Schubert recital. This was yet another part of the Tucson Desert Song Festival. At first, I wondered about Schubert with a guitar instead of a piano, or to be more historically informed a pianoforte. When the audience entered the 200-seat Holsclaw Hall,…
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Pacific Opera Project 2017-18 Review – La Bohème / The Hipsters: An Intelligent Adaptation of the Puccini Classic Set in the 21st Century
On December 8, 2017, Pacific Opera Project presented its version of Giacomo Puccini’s "La bohème," called "The Hipsters." Artistic Director and Company Co-Founder Josh Shaw defines “hipsters” as twenty to thirty-year-old well-educated members of a subculture that values independent thinking, an appreciation of art, creativity, intelligence, and the witty banter of well-educated young adults, many of whom have liberal arts degrees. Shaw’s English titles supplied a great deal of witty…
Stage Spotlight
Pacific Opera Project 2017-18 – The Monkey’s Paw & The Medium: Double Bill Enchants & Sets Perfect Halloween Mood
On October 27, 2017, Pacific Opera Project presented the world premiere of Brooke DeRosa’s "The Monkey’s Paw" along with a revival of Gian Carlo Menotti’s "The Medium" at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles. Brooke based the libretto for her opera on W.W. Jacobs’ 1902 supernatural thriller of the same name. The mystic tale, sometimes read in high school classes, warns readers to be careful what they wish for because…
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Performance Santa Fe 2017 Review – Festival of Song: Brief Encounters: Vocal Quintet & Three Short Operas Deliver Memorable Evening
On July 30, 2017, at the Scottish Rite Center, Performance Santa Fe presented a vocal quintet and 3 short operas. Fifteen-year-old Ezra Shcolnik, a graduate of Performance Santa Fe’s young artist program who currently studies at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, wrote the Quintet. Mark Adamo, Jake Heggie, and Joe Illick wrote the short operas. Maestro Illick also accompanied at the piano. The concert opened with Shcolnik’s “Madrigal on…
Interviews Stage Reviews
Q &A: Alek Shrader and Daniela Mack on Living Opera Careers Together
Tenor Alek Shrader and mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack have enormous operatic careers and have sung all over the world both individually and together. The couple has joined forces in such operas as "La Cenerentola" and Handel's "Partenope" and this summer they will be reunited in Handel’s "Alcina" at Santa Fe Opera. I had the chance to speak with them on my way to the Santa Fe Opera, in anticipation of their…