Metropolitan Opera star in benefit for Opera San Miguel

By Shari Alexander

Opera San Miguel announced this week that Paul Plishka, the most celebrated American bass of the past 50 years, will appear on February 26 in a benefit fundraiser for the company’s scholarship program for aspiring Mexican opera singers. The benefit, “Kings of Opera: An Evening of Conversation and Music with Legendary Metropolitan Opera Bass Paul Plishka,” will take place in the grand ballroom of Rosewood San Miguel at 7pm. Tickets go on sale today at the Rosewood concierge desk.

Kings of Opera
An Evening of Conversation and Music with Legendary Metropolitan Opera Bass Paul Plishka
Tue, Feb 26, 7pm
Rosewood Ballroom
Rosewood Hotel
Nemesio Diez 11
350 pesos

At this first-of-its-kind event in San Miguel de Allende, Plishka will not only discuss his remarkable career portraying the kings of opera, but also his experience performing with his fellow “Kings (and Queens) of Opera,” in a lively interview with Pro Ópera editor, singer and raconteur Charles Oppenheim. Paul will take questions from the audience and the evening will be interspersed with exciting video highlights of Plishka’s remarkable career.

Paul Plishka retired from the Metropolitan Opera in 2012 after an astounding 45 consecutive seasons and over 1,640 performances as a leading bass with the company, singing more than 100 roles. In addition to his Met career, he was a frequent performer with the opera companies of La Scala, Paris, and Covent Garden, among many others. His  performing repertoire included all the major operatic roles for bass, in French (Faust and Manon), German (Tristan und Isolde, The Flying Dutchman, Fidelio), Russian (Eugene Onegin, Khovanschina, and all three leading bass roles in Boris Godunov).

But it is the great bass roles of Italian opera with which Plishka is most identified. His commanding voice and stage presence, seamless legato and wide range made him the perfect choice for the great Verdi roles in Don Carlo, Ernani, Simon Boccanegra, Macbeth, Nabucco, Aida, I Vespri Siciliani, and La Forza del Destino, as well as unforgettable performances in Puccini’s Tosca, La Bohème and Turandot.

In 1992, to mark his 25th anniversary as a principal artist with the Met, he sang for the first time the title role in Verdi’s comic masterpiece, Falstaff. His other notable comic roles include Don Pasquale, Dulcamara, Basilio, Bartolo, Leporello and Melitone. His recording of the Verdi Requiem earned a Grammy Award, and his performing partners read like a Who’s Who of the most illustrious singers and conductors of the last 50 years. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a true operatic legend, and at the same time help lift up the next generation of Mexican opera stars! Cash bar opens 6:30pm. Tickets on sale February 1, concierge desk, Rosewood San Miguel, 350 pesos. All proceeds benefit Opera San Miguel Scholarship Program.

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