Friday, October 8, 2010

"Johnny Depp of Opera" Takes Over at San Francisco Opera

Kostas Smoriginas & Luca Pisaroni
One would never know that the San Francisco Opera faced budget cuts like every other opera company, as they have opened their season with critically acclaimed performances of Aida, Werther and Le Nozze di Figaro. The first cast of Nozze just wrapped up with the stunning Susanna of Danielle de Niese, barihunk Lucas Meachem as Count Almaviva and Figaro of Luca Pisaroni. The second cast looks just as promising with barihunk Kostas Smoriginas replacing Pisaroni.

The Lithuanian singer is known as the "Johnny Depp of Opera" and he promises to match, if not exceed Pisaroni's, sexy portrayal of Figaro.

Kostas Smoriginas: "Johnny Depp of Opera"

Smoriginas recently wowed audiences at Covent Garden with his Colline and debuted his searingly hot Escamillo at the Israeli Opera. Although this is his debut with the San Francisco Opera, he has previously sung Figaro in the U.S. with the Washington National Opera.

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1 comment:

  1. The Johnny Depp of opera? I see the physical resemblance, but I hope the analogy extends to smoldering intensity! Mr. Depp's name was recently bandied in reference to Giuseppe Filianoti's intense Hoffman at the Met (I know, tenor; sorry.) In other curious actor-singer comparisons, Tommassini likened Simon Keenlyside to the also-lovely, and invariably intense Ralph Fiennes.