San Francisco Opera
Soprano Hye June Lee’s coloratura aria "I am the Wife of Chairman Mao," left the audience breathless with its ferocity. For all the vocal pyrotechnics of the evening, her performance took what could have easily been a painfully long act, and transformed it into a spellbinding moment.
The evening opened with a mash-up of “Let Me Be Your Star” from the TV show “Smash”
Tenor Daniel Curran and bass Adam Lau with Pianist Robert Mollicone to perform works by Schubert, Bolcom, Duparc, Loewe, Tosti and Mussorgsky.
Again, the company posted a deficit. But there were some bright spots, including a 32.5% increase in the top line.
Björling’s flawless vocal technique, silvery beauty of tone, have made him one of the greatest and most beloved tenors of the 20th century.
Puccini’s final opera, Turandot features some of the composer’s most glorious music, including the stirring anthem “Nessun dorma.”