Friday, September 22, 2006

It's not Patrick

My usually reliable source tells me that it is not Patrick Summers at this time who is in natural succession to replace Donald Runnicles at the SF Opera, at the end of 2008/09.

You heard it here first: the top contender for the post of Music Director at the SF Opera at this time is none other than Nicola Luisotti, the phenomenal Italian maestro we last heard conduct that fabulous La Forza Del Destino, during Pamela's last season as General Director of the SF Opera. If he is indeed Gockley's choice, this bodes well for our Herr Direktor's vision and originality.

Luisotti at the time of the Forza was unanimously praised by audience and critics. He has a beautiful, sweeping and elegant podium technique, is fun to watch and wondrous to hear. Frankly, I never liked Forza as an opera all that much, and yet his magnificent sense of phrasing and shape was simply thrilling to the ear.

© 2006 C. Chang

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