Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Stellar young cast delivers the Don

Mozart's Don Giovanni à la Point Loma Opera Theater

Video:

Randall Bills - "Il mio tesoro"

Point Loma Opera Theater continues to crank out quality concerts. The most recent success was Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Tuesday August, 18 at Pacific Beach Presbyterian and Thursday August 20th at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

I went to both performances but left midway on Thursday because I had my son with me and I want him to enjoy opera instead of looking at it as a duty he owes to his dad. The performances of Giovanni were basically the full score with very few cuts. This put the running time about two-and-half hours.

The cast was consistently excellent. Consistent excellence is tough to pull off when there are eight principal characters.

The majority of the cast were graduate-level singers. There were two undergraduates and one pro, to the best of my knowledge.

The pro was Randall Bills and he sang the role of Don Ottavio, a role which he performed last season with Seattle Opera. Randall has come to San Diego for years and worked with young singers even though he himself is still a young professional.

Randy has a voice you could listen to all day. Every single note he sings shimmers with the same vitality. This is one of the characteristics of a polished and accomplished singer. Randy’s instrument is consistent in its quality on every single pitch he sings.

This might not seem like a big deal but it is. We expect a violin to have a consistent quality on every pitch so why not a singer? The human voice is ever so much more complicated than any instrument.

This also makes listening to his singing a pleasure. Every pitch is in place and in tune. It’s just what great singing is.

The rest of the cast was no less talented than Bills, just slightly less polished and experienced. I would say that bodes well for their futures if they can survive the years of attrition involved in becoming an opera singer at the highest levels.

Why not mention young singers by name? Because it’s unfair. They’re still developing. In this case it would be unfair not to mention them by because of how tremendous their singing was:

Leporello: Ted Pickell

Donna Anna: Michelle Law

Don Giovanni: Michael Aiello

Commendatore: Joshua Arky

Don Ottavio: Randall Bills

Donna Elvira: Kelsey Kammeraad

Zerlina: Alexandra Rodrick

Masetto: Jack French

Pianist: The indefatigable Ines Irawati

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Two poems by Julia Wehner

A reminder of how richly good it is to feel, and to live
Video:

Randall Bills - "Il mio tesoro"

Point Loma Opera Theater continues to crank out quality concerts. The most recent success was Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Tuesday August, 18 at Pacific Beach Presbyterian and Thursday August 20th at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

I went to both performances but left midway on Thursday because I had my son with me and I want him to enjoy opera instead of looking at it as a duty he owes to his dad. The performances of Giovanni were basically the full score with very few cuts. This put the running time about two-and-half hours.

The cast was consistently excellent. Consistent excellence is tough to pull off when there are eight principal characters.

The majority of the cast were graduate-level singers. There were two undergraduates and one pro, to the best of my knowledge.

The pro was Randall Bills and he sang the role of Don Ottavio, a role which he performed last season with Seattle Opera. Randall has come to San Diego for years and worked with young singers even though he himself is still a young professional.

Randy has a voice you could listen to all day. Every single note he sings shimmers with the same vitality. This is one of the characteristics of a polished and accomplished singer. Randy’s instrument is consistent in its quality on every single pitch he sings.

This might not seem like a big deal but it is. We expect a violin to have a consistent quality on every pitch so why not a singer? The human voice is ever so much more complicated than any instrument.

This also makes listening to his singing a pleasure. Every pitch is in place and in tune. It’s just what great singing is.

The rest of the cast was no less talented than Bills, just slightly less polished and experienced. I would say that bodes well for their futures if they can survive the years of attrition involved in becoming an opera singer at the highest levels.

Why not mention young singers by name? Because it’s unfair. They’re still developing. In this case it would be unfair not to mention them by because of how tremendous their singing was:

Leporello: Ted Pickell

Donna Anna: Michelle Law

Don Giovanni: Michael Aiello

Commendatore: Joshua Arky

Don Ottavio: Randall Bills

Donna Elvira: Kelsey Kammeraad

Zerlina: Alexandra Rodrick

Masetto: Jack French

Pianist: The indefatigable Ines Irawati

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

San Diego Lotharios rejoice at news of mandatory 10 pm nightlife shutdown

Closed Doors = Closed Deals
Next Article

“I Come From the Andromeda Galaxy”

Alfred Howard, James Brady, Me, Myself and Eye, Orchid Mantis, Puttin’ on the Fritz
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close