Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 singing the role of Stéphano in Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” Since then, her Met appearances have included Blanche in Francis Poulenc’s haunting “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” and Rosina in Rossini's “The Barber of Seville,” which she reprises this season.
Artpace is hosting a lecture on Tuesday, November 18 about a New York City installation that has a San Antonio connection. You may remember a story I did a few months ago on the High Line, a public park on the west side of Manhattan.
Cecilia Alemani curates art for the High Line, which is an abandoned, elevated freight railroad.
“Imagine it’s a very long bridge suspended 30 feet in the sky. It has a lot of planting — gorgeous plantings and architecture."
He’s made a lifestyle and a living writing about San Antonio history, and in particular, its river. I'm talking about Lewis Fisher. He wrote the definitive book years ago on the history of the San Antonio River, but now he’s got a new one.
“The new book is titled American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio’s River.
So why did we need a new book about the river?
“The River Walk has recently been expanded from three miles to 15 miles, with dramatic extensions to the north and to the south. And this book covers both of them.”
A scrappy opera organization is staging a one-of-a-kind event. I found out more by speaking to John Dooley. John has sung at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Lincoln Center, and the Pittsburgh Opera, but he’s now decided to take things underground.
“I’m performing with the Texas Hill Country Opera — a concert in The Cave Without a Name.”
Has he ever sung in a cave?
“No, no, I’ve never taken my talent underground.”
So he’s getting really low.
“Exactly, exactly. It’ll be an interesting experience. But I hear the acoustics can’t be beat.”
“When I was 10, I saw a pipe organ in church for the first time. I was with my fourth grade class, and we were walking into the church for Mass, and I turned around and looked up at the organ, and I was just in awe. I was mesmerized by the sight and sound of it,” said Christopher Houlihan, now 26, and one of the best young organists of his generation.
They’re coming from nearly halfway around the world to perform in San Antonio. I reached one of them in Italy.
Quartetto di Cremona. They play chamber music and their first violin is Cristiano Gualco.
“We were born as a quartet in Cremona, that is the city.”
The small northern Italian city of Cremona, with a fine musical tradition, brought together Quartetto. “The violin makers Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati, the three great violin makers, they were born there, they worked in Cremona.”