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Artist Spotlight: Q&A with David Portillo

Credit: Simon Pauly

American tenor and San Antonio native David Portillo has established himself as a leading classical singer of his generation. Portillo joins the cast of OPERA San Antonio’s latest production of La Traviata as Alfredo, a young bourgeois who is half of the epic Parisian love affair. We sat down with David to get to know him a bit more. Check out his Q&A!

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Desmond Heeley: Master Craftsman of Stage Spectacle


Tape, plastic spoons, macaroni and wrapping paper. These were some of the essential materials for Desmond Heeley, 3-time Tony award winner and the genius behind the sets and costumes of our upcoming production of La Traviata.

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Looking Back on Bohème

 It was a delight to bring my production of Puccini’s La Bohème to life at Opera San Antonio this past spring and it was an even bigger delight to discover that the show had the company’s highest tickets sales to date! As wonderful and surprising as that news is, it’s also fitting for an opera that is chock-full of everything an audience is hungry for in today’s world – stunning music, vibrant characters... 

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THANK GOD We Don't All Look and Sound the Same

Photo Credit: Eric Antoniou. Weston Hurt as Germont in La Traviata at Boston Lyric Opera (2014).

"We are fortunate enough to have artists who possess their own unique characteristics of all shapes, sizes, and abilities - and THANK GOD we don't all look and sound the same!"

Weston Hurt, playing the role of Alfredo's father Giorgio Germont in "La Traviata", celebrates his experience as an opera singer with a prosthesis.

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A Message from the Director: Garnett Bruce

Photo courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Garnett Bruce will direct La Traviata for San Antonio Opera on September 13 and 15. He previously directed Madame Butterfly here in 2015. He was the director for Gounod’s Faust at Houston Grand Opera in 2016.

Garnett’s article gives an inside look at the thinking of the director in planning the production. It tells us how...

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Why Are We Doing La Traviata?

Igor Bulgarin/

Just after the end of summer, on September 13th and 15th, OPERA San Antonio will
present Verdi’s La Traviata. This will be OSA’s third Verdi opera, after our 2015 concert
version of Il Trovatore and our 2017 Macbeth. It follows the huge success of La Boheme in May.

La Traviata was Verdi’s 19th opera, written in...

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A Message from the Chairman: La Traviata

Igor Bulgarin/

 OPERA San Antonio is very grateful for the support you gave us in coming to La Boheme. We were very pleased at the success of the production. The singing, the spectacle, the magnificent music, and a great audience—all added up to two special evenings.

As chairman of the Board of OPERA San Antonio, I am writing to...

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Opera San Antonio Blog: "In Tune" - Mimi Transformed: Adaptations of La Bohème

La Bohème is over a century old, but in many ways, it’s as fresh as the day it premiered at the Turin opera house on February 1, 1896. While the opera’s lush score is largely to thank for its persistent vitality, its varied adaptations over the years have also played a significant role in introducing Bohème to new audiences and presenting innovative takes on Giacomo Puccini’s magnum opus. 

OPERA San Antonio Blog: "In Tune" - La Bohème: The Critics, the Public and Me

Audiences love it, critics originally hated it, and time has made it a classic. Explore the many unique perspectives and critiques of "La Bohème" from audience members, opera critics and cast members alike.

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