Rehearsals for Carmen – Don Jose

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Just finished music rehearsals for Carmen. I am SO loving singing this role, it feels amazing. Sometimes certain music just seems to click with each voice … such a wonderful feeling!

Will keep the updates coming … especially for which nights I will be performing.

Enjoy this excerpt from my personal favorite tenor singing a duet I sang in rehearsal yesterday:

Reviews in for Mozart vs. Salieri

5716f27c712b3-pacific-opera-project-s-mozart-vs-salieri-review-1Our run is over and we had such fun working/playing together on and off the stage. Once again Pacific Opera Project walks that tiniest of tight ropes between supremely professional and irreverently fun … in my opinion this is why so many talented singers want to sing for them.

So kudos to the people who put it all together: Josh Shaw, Stephen Karr, Kaitrin Kinnare, Maggie Green, Gabriela Villalobos, Kylene Johnson and everyone who pitched in to set up and tear down those stages and sets night in and out!

You make opera fun … bravissimi tutti!

Bravissimi anche to the stellar cast of singers I was privileged to sing with: Tracy Cox, Brooke deRosa, Karen Hogle Brown, Justine Aronson, Andy Papas and Alex Charlie Boyd. You all were amazing and wonderful to work with.

Here are some links to reviews and quotes I was grateful to receive:

“The tenor voice and comedic talent of Christopher Anderson West added to the setting of the stage for the appearances of competing sopranos.”

“Dueling sopranos played by Karen Hogle Brown and Brooke deRosa finally arrive on the set as two divas being courted by an opera patron (played  elegantly by Christopher Anderson-West), and things heat up.”

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Next up: Don Jose in Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen, with Celestial opera this June. Rehearsals begin today and I am embracing the drastic shift from comedy to tragedy/drama! 😉

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  • photo by Martha Benedict

Mozart VS. Salieri – Pacific Opera Project

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From left to right: tenor Christopher Anderson-West, soprano Karen Hogle Brown, baritone Andy Papas and soprano Brooke deRosa.

Well, we just finished our closing weekend of Mozart vs. Salieri … it was a great run with sold out shows throughout. Pacific Opera Project puts on an awesome show every time they go! 🙂 This was a recreation of an actual contest put on by Joseph II, here is the description from Mozart.com:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was widely known in Vienna, but the coveted permanent employment as court composer at the imperial court of Joseph II was held by the older Antonio Salieri. The natural competition between the two musicians was the talk of the Viennese society and, unsurprisingly, an idea of Emperor Joseph II in spring 1786 was the talk of the day.

The emperor invited both musicians to participate in a public opera competition. Both were to compose a one act opera, to be performed consecutively. Both works told the stories of intrigues at the opera. The occasion was a visit of Joseph’s sister Archduchess Marie Christine and her husband, Duke Albrecht von Sachsen-Teschen, from Brussels. The competition was to be held in front of hundreds of guests during a spring festival at the orangery of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

Mozart had to compose the musical comedy “The Impresario”, Salieri an Italian opera buffa – “Prima la musica e poi le parole”. It was a splendid evening for the guests in the tropical atmosphere of the orangery, great food was served and the high society amused itself – unfortunately, at Mozart’s expense.

Here is the link to the video of the operas, both comedic one acts featuring the behind the scenes action of conductors, impresarios and the singers they “work with”. Make some popcorn and get ready to laugh:

Next up on my slate is Don Jose for Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen, with Celestial Opera. Enjoy the show!

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Another Spring Opera Addition

I have so enjoyed being a part of The Merry Widder with Pacific Opera Project … it will be a fantastic show full of laughs, dancing and beautiful music. You won’t want to miss it!

I am also pleased to announce that I will be singing the tenor role in POP’s next production as well! It will be a recreation of the “contest” put on by Joseph II between Mozart and Salieri … “The Impresario” vs. “Prima la musica, e poi le parole”.

In the meantime I am also working on Don Jose for Carmen, by Bizet, and rehearsals will begin just a couple of weeks after this new opera ends. So LOTS of music and memorization … no complaints here! I am happy to be busy making music!
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Cast for Mozart vs. Salieri production in featured pic: Andy Papas, Alex Boyd, Tracy Cox, Justine Aronson, Brooke deRosa, myself and Karen Hogle Brown. show less

The Merry Widow

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Pleased to announce I have been offered a role with Pacific Opera Project for their production of The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe), by Franz Lehar, in February and March!

POP is well known and highly regarded for their inventive productions and high quality singers so I am stoked to be a part of this exciting show (which certainly doesn’t disappoint in terms of inventiveness), here’s their description of the production:

Yeehaw! POP starts the 2016 Season by putting our spin on one of the most popular operettas of all time, Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. With a new book and lyrics by Artistic Director Josh Shaw and an orchestral arrangement by Music Director Stephen Karr, the plot is transported from the embassies and dancehalls of Paris to the saloons of the Old West just after the California gold rush. A cast of nearly thirty will sing and dance the night away at the quaint Ebell Club of Highland Park for seven performances, complete with orchestra, food, and wine. For the first time all seating is assigned at the Ebell Club. So pick your seat or table early to get the very best view. Get your tickets here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=60381

Recent Review – Die Fledermaus, Strauss

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I am wrapping up my role as Alfredo in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus for two different companies this past month: first was Celestial Opera’s production in Pasadena and most recently Repertory Opera Company’s production this past Wednesday. I will have one more performance on Saturday, Nov. 14th to close out the run and move into my favorite time of year … the holidays!

Here is an excerpt from the review for Repertory Opera Company’s production:

“Playing …Alfredo, was tall, blond, handsome Christopher Anderson-West. We watched Rosalinde melt into his arms, and heard his strong tenor sing serenades of all the popular tenor arias and then some.” – Singerpreneur

BIO

Christopher Anderson-West is a California based Full Lyric Tenor.

After having been discovered by a voice teacher while pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter in his twenties, Christopher went on to receive a wonderful education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Currently Christopher coaches with Maestros William Vendice and Peter Mark as well as working with Rakefet Hak, Timothy Leon and Renee Sousa in Los Angeles on a regular basis. (please click CV to see a full listing of teachers, education and roles performed)

Christopher has had the pleasure of performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles (LA Opera), Washington DC, Boston, Italy, England, China, France and Germany.

Favorite roles performed are Canio in Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci”, Don Jose in Bizet’s “Carmen”, Il Duca di Mantova in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and Tsar Berendey in the United States Premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Snegurochka”.

Christopher is currently preparing three roles to be performed over the next five months:

  • First up will be an understudy of Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” with Pacific Opera Project in February, followed by performing Nemorino with Capitol Opera in March.
  • Next will be Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Opera Pasadena in March and April.
  • Lastly, in June Christopher will debut in the title role as Hoffmann in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” with Repertory Opera Company.

Contact: sfchanteur@gmail.com

Arias for listening:

“La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” – Carmen, Bizet

Celestial Opera Company’s production of Bizet’s Carmen, filmed by Voyager Probe Productions

“Donna non vidi mai” – Puccini, Manon Lescaut 

Performed for the final recital of Maestro Peter Mark’s Master Class series in front of a panel featuring professionals from Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Long Beach Opera and KUSC.

 

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Contact info:

e-mail: sfchanteur@gmail.com

picture credit: 8tracks.com

Piano accompaniment: Maestro William Vendice