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Maria Nockin worked at the Metropolitan Opera in New York while attending  Fordham University across the street from Lincoln Center. At the same time, she studied voice, piano, and violin privately. For many years she taught English as a Second Language as well as courses in Art and Theater at New York City and Hauppauge Long Island schools. She has also served as soprano soloist at Long Island's Cathedral of St. Agnes. She spent summers working at the Salzburg Festival where some iof her reviews were translated and read on Austrian Radio. Upon retirement from teaching, she moved to the warmer climate of the Southwest United States where, in winter, she writes about opera and classical music in the major cities of Arizona and California. In summer she covers operas and concerts in Santa Fe New Mexico. In summer 2014, Maria taught Music Theory at the Institute for Large Dramatic Voices. One of her students was Jonah Hoskins, a 2020 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions. 




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BWW Review: SONGS FROM THE SANTA FE OPERA at Home Computer Screens PhotoBWW Review: SONGS FROM THE SANTA FE OPERA at Home Computer Screens
Posted: Jul. 11, 2020


BWW Review: SANTA FE OPERA CELEBRATION OF TRISTAN UND ISOLDE at Home Computer Screens PhotoBWW Review: SANTA FE OPERA CELEBRATION OF TRISTAN UND ISOLDE at Home Computer Screens
Posted: Jul. 19, 2020


BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 17-24 at Home Computer Screens PhotoBWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 17-24 at Home Computer Screens
Posted: Jul. 18, 2020


BWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF DVORAK'S RUSALKA at Santa Fe Opera Online PhotoBWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF DVORAK'S RUSALKA at Santa Fe Opera Online
Posted: Jul. 26, 2020


BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 10-17 at Home Computer Screens PhotoBWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 10-17 at Home Computer Screens
Posted: Jul. 10, 2020


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BWW Review: EURYDICE at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion PhotoBWW Review: EURYDICE at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Posted: Feb. 2, 2020


BWW Review: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion PhotoBWW Review: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Posted: Oct. 13, 2019


BWW Review: Metropolitan Opera's At-Home Gala PhotoBWW Review: Metropolitan Opera's At-Home Gala
Posted: Apr. 26, 2020


BWW Review: ROBERTO DEVEREUX at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion PhotoBWW Review: ROBERTO DEVEREUX at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Posted: Feb. 23, 2020


BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion PhotoBWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Posted: Nov. 17, 2019


BWW Review: THE DEATH OF ORPHEUS at El Cid PhotoBWW Review: THE DEATH OF ORPHEUS at El Cid
Posted: Jan. 18, 2020


BWW Feature: OPERA PERFORMANCES ONLINE May 1-7 at Computer Screens PhotoBWW Feature: OPERA PERFORMANCES ONLINE May 1-7 at Computer Screens
Posted: Apr. 29, 2020


BWW Feature: Opera To Watch Online This Week August 8th to 15th
August 8, 2020

For her delightful Los Angeles Opera Living Room Recital, soprano Latonia Moore is accompanied by pianist Roberto Berrocal. First, she sings: Tatiana's dramatic 'Letter Scene' from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. The young and naive girl, Tatiana, writes an expressive love letter to the sophisticated Onegin, who is shocked and rebuffs her.

BWW Review: SONGS FROM THE SANTA FE OPERA at Home Computer Screens
August 2, 2020

The story of David Henry Hwanga??s play  M. Butterfly, while entwined with that of Puccinia??s opera Madama Butterfly, is basically about the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a Peking Opera singer. The singer, thought by all who knew her to be female, was actually male. Premiering on Broadway in 1988, the play won that yeara??s Tony Award for Best Play.

BWW Feature: ONLINE OPERA/SONG AUGUST 1 - 8 at Home Computer Screens
July 31, 2020

Los Angeles Opera has amassed numerous online recitals by some of the worlda??s finest opera singers and made them available for streaming on the companya??s website. For this week, I suggest the varied program of songs by soprano Guanqun Yu and pianist Oliver Imig.

BWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF DVORAK'S RUSALKA at Santa Fe Opera Online
July 26, 2020

On Saturday, July 25, 2020, at six oa??clock sharp, it was time to hook the computer up to the television set and watch Santa Fe Operaa??s celebration of Antonín Dvořáka??s extraordinary opera Rusalka. In the background, the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra of Košice, conducted by Robert Stankovsky, played a scintillating rendition of the operaa??s overture as we viewed the opera ranch.

BWW Feature: ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 17-24 at Home Computer Screens
July 24, 2020

Tenor Russell Thomas, whose performance combines Wagnerian stamina with Italian lyricism, received glowing reviews for his recent performance as Titus in The Clemency of Titus. Russell and pianist Kyung-mi Kim invite us to enjoy their Living Room Recital. Songs include: Schuberta??s An die Musik, Vaughn Williamsa?? Let Beauty Awake, Mascagnia??s Risveglio, Duparca??s La??Invitation au Voyage, Verdia??s La??Esule, Barbera??s Knoxville Summer of 1915, and Meeropola??s Strange Fruit.

BWW Review: SANTA FE OPERA CELEBRATION OF TRISTAN UND ISOLDE at Home Computer Screens
July 19, 2020

Tonight, the opera celebrates Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and Ryan McKinny, who was to have sung Kurvenal, is hosting the online program from North Carolina. In this year of pandemic, artists are quarantined at home. McKinny greets us with a stein full of dark Bavarian brew with a silver top on it to keep it fresh until after the show.

BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 17-24 at Home Computer Screens
July 18, 2020

Los Angeles Opera's annual choral concert has gone a?oevirtual.a?? Great Opera Choruses moved from The Soraya to your home screen thanks to the support of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and the LA County Board of Supervisors. On the LAO homepage and on Facebook, readers can  sing along with 25 talented choristers performing the 'Bell Chorus' from Pagliacci, 'Va, pensiero' from Nabucco, and a?oeThe Anvil Chorus' from Il Trovatore. Resident Conductor Grant Gershon and Assistant Chorus Master Jeremy Frank, as accompanist, lead these extraordinary artists in an afternoon of family-friendly musical fun.

BWW Review: SONGS FROM THE SANTA FE OPERA at Home Computer Screens
July 11, 2020

On Saturday Evening, July 11, at 7:00PM Mountain time, Santa Fe Opera presented its online celebration of Mozart's The Magic Flute. The opera would have premiered in the 63-year-old New Mexico company's elegant open-air theater if COVID-19 had not caused the cancellation of the season. A recording of the overture from 2010, a drive through the grounds, and the beginning of a sunset reminded watchers of the glory that was and will again be The Santa Fe Opera.

BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 10-17 at Home Computer Screens
July 10, 2020

Pacific Opera Project (POP) presents a watch party of their critically acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly on July 15 at 5:00 PM Los Angeles time. This is the first true-to-story bilingual production of the opera. Performed in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo and Houston's Opera in the Heights, the opera now has a new libretto written by POP Artistic Director Josh Shaw and Opera in the Heights Artistic Director Eiki Isomura.

BWW Interview: Josh Shaw of MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Home Computer Screens
July 6, 2020

Named as one of Musical America's Top 30 Innovators in Classical Music, Josh Shaw is the Executive and Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Project (POP), one of L.A.'s most exciting opera companies. During the past nine seasons, Shaw has directed over 35 productions at POP. Since 2011, Shaw  has directed over 70 productions at regional opera companies. His The Barber of Seville at Opera Santa Barbara was described as 'riotously funny' and 'thoroughly amusing from overture to final bow.'

BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 3-10 at Home Computer Screens
July 3, 2020

Los Angeles Opera's Music Director James Conlon sets the stage for the company's upcoming audio-stream of Richard Wagner's epic, four-part cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen with a new podcast. Commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the company's first complete presentation of the Ring Cycle, opera fans can watch a marathon, back-to-back audio stream of all four works on Saturday, July 25. LAOpera.org/LAOatHome has more information on the audio-stream.

BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JUNE 26 - JULY 3 at Home Computer Screens
June 26, 2020

Los Angeles Opera (LAO) has an array of 25 a?oeLiving Room Recitalsa?? available for the enjoyment of those who visit the LAO website. Among them are personal concerts by: Morris Robinson, Rod Gilfry, Amanda Woodbury, Christopher Maltman, and Angel Blue. Having made a monumental impression on the American public with her portrayal of Bess in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at the Met, Blue shows her charismatic personality and her love for the music of Richard Strauss in her a?oeLiving Room Recital.a??

BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/RECITAL JUNE 19-26 at Home Computer Screens
June 19, 2020

Currently, on the Los Angeles Opera website you can hear Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville.' Music Director James Conlon conducts baritone Rodion Pogossov as Figaro, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Rosina, and tenor René Barbera as Count Almaviva.

BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/RECITAL PERFORMANCES at Home Computer Screens
June 12, 2020

This week, Los Angeles Opera's website features a wonderful recital by the renowned bass who has portrayed so many great characters in that house, Morris Robinson.


BWW Review: BREAKING THE WAVES at Home Computer Screens
May 31, 2020

On May 29, 2020, Opera Philadelphia presented the digital premiere of Royce Vavrek and Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves, a story based on the 1996 international film of the same name directed by Lars von Trier. Winner of the Music Critics Association of North America 2017 award for Best New Opera, the story took place in the 1970s at a seaside settlement in the Scottish Highlands.

BWW Feature: SELECTED FREE ONLINE OPERA/RECITAL PERFORMANCES 5/29-6/5 on Home Computer Screens
May 28, 2020

Metropolitan Opera soprano Amanda Woodbury and pianist Aurelia Andrews, both of whom are graduates of the Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Program, will give a Living Room Recital on the LAO website Friday, May 29, at 4:00 PM Pacific Time. It will also be available later for those readers who cannot watch it live.

BWW Review: SKY ON SWINGS at Home Computer Screens
May 23, 2020

On May 22, 2020, Opera Philadelphia presented the digital world premiere of composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch's opera Sky on Swings. The company gave the opera's world premiere on Sept. 20, 2018, during its Festival O.

BWW Feature: Where to Tune in to Free Opera and Music Performances May 22-29
May 23, 2020

Find out where to tune in to free opera and music performances, May 22-29!

BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA AND SONG MAY 15-22 on Home Computer Screens
May 16, 2020

Los Angeles Opera always has interesting items online that help opera lovers keep up with their favorite art. Since the cancellation of Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, Music Director James Conlon has written a blog telling readers why it needs to be played and heard by audiences everywhere. The blog also gives us a clip from David McVicar's production at Scottish Opera. Theirs is the production that was to come to us in LA. 



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