After a successful production of his family opera "Fantastic Mr. Fox" at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Opera San Antonio's Artistic Director Tobias Picker shares his plans for the future of the young company.
Nathan Cone: For this first season, what are your hopes? And then what would you like to do in the future?
It happened last Saturday night--the first Tobin Center for the Performing Arts simulcast, a really interesting sidebar function to the state-of-the-art hall. But first I'd like to introduce you to someone.
"My name is Inga Cotton.”
Inga is a mom, but she does something else, too.
“I’m also a mom blogger. My blog is called San Antonio Charter Moms.”
That blog has a big focus.
“I just really like to expose my kids to culture.”
Which brings us back to the Tobin Center from last Saturday night. Inga details what was going on.
Composer Tobias Picker has written three symphonies, eight concertos, and scores of works for solo piano, chamber musicians, and voice. But in his role as Artistic Director of Opera San Antonio, his focus is on the stage. For the opening of its inaugural season, Picker has selected one of his own works, and one designed to open the doors for all ages to an art form that engages the senses in unparalleled fashion. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" was Picker's second opera, written in 1998 for the Los Angeles Opera.
The Opera San Antonio (TOSA) presents a "Gala Concert of Stars" at the Majestic Theater this Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. These stars include Patricia Racette, Jay Hunter Morris, Dolora Zajick, Daniela Mack, Alek Shrader, Lucas Meacham, and Eric Owens.
TOSA announced Lisette Oropesa is replacing Susannah Biller, who was unavailable due to a schedule conflict.