Friday, March 11, 2011

A new Marschallin for San Diego Opera - Twyla Robinson

Robinson as Donna Anna | Photo by Tim Fuller
San Diego Opera has had a changing of the Marschallin. Twyla Robinson will sing the role in next month's production of Der Rosenkavalier. She replaces Greek/German soprano Anja Harteros who asked to be released at the last minute from these performances due to medical reasons.

“Twyla Robinson is one of America’s finest artists, and we are fortunate indeed, that she can join us,” comments San Diego Opera General and Artistic Director Ian Campbell.

A winner of the 2002 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Twyla Robinson also received First Prize in the 2001 Competizione dell'Opera in Dresden and in the 2002 MacAllister Competition. She was seen last season as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg at Cincinnati Opera and received accolades for her recent performances as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Arizona Opera.

An active concert recitalist, she has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the batons of conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, Michael Tilson Thomas and Christof Perick, who leads these performance of Der Rosenkavalier. She joins an all-star cast that includes British bass-baritone Andrew Greenan, German mezzo-soprano Anke Vondung and Italian soprano Patrizia Ciofi.

“I am very excited to have Twyla Robinson join this splendid cast. She’s a singer I’m familiar with and well known by our stage director Lotfi Mansouri, our conductor Christof Perick and our Baron Ochs, Andrew Greenan. I know her addition makes this production of Der Rosenkavalier the strongest we’ve had in our Company’s history, and reunites old friends,” adds Campbell.

Der Rosenkavalier opens Sunday, April 3, 2011 for only four performances. With Mansouri directing and Perick on the podium, this production is sure to be a stunner.

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