Maria Nockin

Maria Nockin Maria Nockin attended Fordham University at Lincoln Center while studying voice, piano, and violin privately. For many years she taught English as a Second Language in New York City schools and served as soprano soloist in several area churches. Upon retirement, she moved to the warmer climate of the Southwest where she writes about opera and classical music.



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BWW Interview: Director Josh Shaw of DON GIOVANNI at The VortexBWW Interview: Director Josh Shaw of DON GIOVANNI at The Vortex
Posted: Apr. 13, 2018


BWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at The VortexBWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at The Vortex
Posted: Apr. 21, 2018


BWW Review: GALLANTRY AND TROUBLE IN TAHITI at Center StageBWW Review: GALLANTRY AND TROUBLE IN TAHITI at Center Stage
Posted: Apr. 22, 2018


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BWW Review: ALCINA at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: ALCINA at Santa Fe Opera
Posted: Jul. 31, 2017


BWW Review: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS Sells Out at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS Sells Out at Santa Fe Opera
Posted: Jul. 23, 2017


BWW Review: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Crosby Theatre, Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Crosby Theatre, Santa Fe Opera
Posted: Jul. 23, 2017


BWW Review: CARMEN at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: CARMEN at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Posted: Sep. 10, 2017


BWW Review: THE GOLDEN COCKEREL at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: THE GOLDEN COCKEREL at Santa Fe Opera
Posted: Jul. 29, 2017


BWW Review: The Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney HallBWW Review: The Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall
April 23, 2018

On Sunday, April 22, 2018, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra gave a matinee performance of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms together with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor.

BWW Review: GALLANTRY AND TROUBLE IN TAHITI at Center StageBWW Review: GALLANTRY AND TROUBLE IN TAHITI at Center Stage
April 22, 2018

On April 21, 2018, Opera Santa Barbara presented Douglas Moore's GALLANTRY and Leonard Bernstein's TROUBLE IN TAHITI at the Center Stage theater in downtown Santa Barbara. The Center Stage is a 130-seat black box auditorium on the third floor of the chic, user-friendly Paseo Nuevo.

BWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at The VortexBWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at The Vortex
April 21, 2018

???????On April 20, Pacific Opera Project (POP) presented Mozart's DON GIOVANNI at The Vortex in downtown Los Angeles's arts district. DON GIOVANNI is the perfect choice for a small opera company. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote an opera that required few choristers and contained only eight solo parts because he knew the limitations of the Prague opera company which would premiere DON GIOVANNI.

BWW Interview: Director Josh Shaw of DON GIOVANNI at The VortexBWW Interview: Director Josh Shaw of DON GIOVANNI at The Vortex
April 13, 2018

Artistic and Executive Director of Pacific Opera Project (POP) Josh Shaw was recently named 'One of Musical America's Top 30 Innovators in Classical Music.' Over the past six seasons, he has directed 23 productions at POP including THE RAKE'S PROGRESS, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, and LA CALISTO. His reimagining of THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO as an episode of Star Trek has gained national attention and has been produced by seven companies.

BWW Review: ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
March 11, 2018

On March 11, 2018, Los Angeles Opera presented Christoph Willibald Gluck's ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE in conjunction with Joffrey Ballet Chicago at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Having previously presented the Italian version of the opera with a mezzo-soprano as Orfeo, L. A. Opera offered the 1774 French version with a tenor Orpheus and a great deal more dance this time

BWW Review: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Granada TheatreBWW Review: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Granada Theatre
March 3, 2018

On March 2, 2018, Opera Santa Barbara presented Gioachino Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. Based on a libretto by Cesare and staged in a more modern manner by director Josh Shaw, the California performance of the early nineteenth century work was thoroughly amusing from overture to final bow.

BWW Review: CANDIDE at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: CANDIDE at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
January 29, 2018

On January 27, 2018, Los Angeles Opera presented the Bernstein work at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with a cast that included Emmy-winning television star Kelsey Grammer. He is best remembered for his two-decade-long portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the situation comedies Cheers, Wings, and Frasier. As Voltaire and Pangloss, Grammer had a huge speaking role that he acquitted with a commanding personality and considerable wit. Surprisingly, he sang quite well, too.

Santa Fe Opera Winter Tour Visits Cities in New MexicoSanta Fe Opera Winter Tour Visits Cities in New Mexico
November 19, 2017

Santa Fe Opera is preparing to bring holiday cheer to towns throughout New Mexico beginning December 10. Former apprentices Sarah Coit and Jorge Espino will join pianist and music director Wojciech Milewski to perform operatic selections and carols in several cities.

LA PHIL Outlines Plans for New CenturyLA PHIL Outlines Plans for New Century
November 12, 2017

LA PHIL Reveals Plans for Celebrating One-Hundred Years of Symphonic Music.LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, Board Chair Jay Rasulo, and CEO Gail Samuels spoke of major world wide artistic programs, educational and social impact initiatives, as well as public celebrations that begin September 2018 and extend through October 2019.

BWW Review: PERSONA at REDCATBWW Review: PERSONA at REDCAT
November 10, 2017

On November 9, 2017, Los Angeles Opera presented Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib's opera PERSONA. Scheib based his libretto on the 1966 film of the same name by iconic Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.

BWW Review: LA BELLE ET LA BETE at The Theatre at Ace HotelBWW Review: LA BELLE ET LA BETE at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
October 29, 2017

LA BELLE ET LA B TE is a post World War II romantic fantasy film written and directed by Jean Cocteau. For the Los Angeles Opera version, Philip Glass replaced Georges Auric's original sound track with a complete opera score. On October 28, 2017, L. A. Opera presented the work, sung live and coordinated with a screening of the film, at the beautifully restored 1920s movie theater in the city's Ace Hotel.

BWW Review: NABUCCO at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: NABUCCO at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
October 15, 2017

On Oct 14, 2017, Los Angeles Opera presented Giuseppe Verdi's third opera, NABUCCO in a new and extremely well detailed production by Thaddeus Strassberger.

BWW Review: THE PEARL FISHERS at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: THE PEARL FISHERS at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
October 8, 2017

On October 7, 2017, Los Angeles Opera presented Georges Bizet's THE PEARL FISHERS starring sweet-voiced Mexican star tenor Javier Camarena as Nadir. Steel-voiced Mexican baritone Alfredo Daza, was Zurga, his rival for the hand of Leila, a beautiful priestess who had taken a vow of chastity.

BWW Review: CARMEN at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: CARMEN at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
September 10, 2017

CARMEN, the title character in Georges Bizet's opera, is a young woman who wantsthe social freedoms nineteenth century men simply took for granted. Sung magnificently by Ana Maria Martinez, Carmen is suave and self-confident, but enroute to certain destruction. Currently, L A Opera is offering an excellent performance of this beloved opera that Angelinos should not miss.

BWW Review: MOZART ONSTAGE: THE DRAMA OF LOVE at Classical TahoeBWW Review: MOZART ONSTAGE: THE DRAMA OF LOVE at Classical Tahoe
August 7, 2017

On August 5, 2017, high in the Sierra Mountains of Nevada, Classical Tahoe presented four of San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellows in a program of music by Gaetano Donizetti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Giuseppe Verdi.The Adler Fellowship Program is a multi-year performance-oriented residency for promising young artists that offers intensive individual coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities.

BWW Review: DIE FLEDERMAUS at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: DIE FLEDERMAUS at Santa Fe Opera
August 3, 2017

On August 1, 2017, Santa Fe Opera presented Johann Strauss II's operetta, DIE FLEDERMAUS (THE BAT). The original German libretto was by Carl Haffner and Richard Gene. The audience heard it sung in an English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin with dialogue adapted by Charles Ludlam from W. S. Gilbert's play ON BAIL. Gilbert based his play on a work by Meilhac and Halvy.

BWW Review: ALCINA at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: ALCINA at Santa Fe Opera
July 31, 2017

George Frideric Handel composed the opera seria, ALCINA, for a 1735 premiere at London's Covent Garden. Handel's anonymous librettist based his text on Riccardo Broschi's 1728 book for L'ISOLA DI ALCINA. Three years following its 1735 run, ALCINA was revived but after that it fell dormant until the twentieth century. On July 29, 2017, Santa Fe Opera premiered a co-production of ALCINA with the National Opera of Bordeaux and the Teatro Real of Madrid.

BWW Review: THE GOLDEN COCKEREL at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: THE GOLDEN COCKEREL at Santa Fe Opera
July 29, 2017

The Golden Cockerel was Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's last opera. He wrote it in 1905 as a satire on the Russian government of the time. As with many political satires, the libretto that Vladimir Belsky based on Pushkin's poem THE TALE OF THE GOLDEN COCKEREL can still make some points over one hundred years later. On July 28, 2017, Santa Fe Opera presented THE GOLDEN COCKEREL in a production by Paul Curran conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.

BWW Review: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS Sells Out at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS Sells Out at Santa Fe Opera
July 23, 2017

On July 22, 2017, Santa Fe Opera presented the world premiere of Mason Bates and Mark Campbell's opera THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS. The new piece was co-commissioned by Santa Fe, Seattle, and San Francisco Operas. Director Kevin Newbury used a great deal of new technology in telling Jobs' story. In eighteen short scenes, a prologue and an epilogue, he covered important events in Steve's life by touching on specific dates in the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and early twenty-first century. Since there is no intermission in this ninety-minute piece, the drama constantly builds to its eventual climax with the death of the hero, and the denouement leaves the audience to contemplate his values and the effect his life had on all of us.

BWW Review: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Crosby Theatre, Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Crosby Theatre, Santa Fe Opera
July 23, 2017

On July 21, 2017, Santa Fe Opera presented Ron Daniels' production of Gaetano Donizetti's bel canto work, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. Beginning with a storm and several huge rainbows, the open sides of Santa Fe Opera's Crosby Theatre allowed the audience to watch the sun set as the orchestra played the opera's overture. Based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, THE BRIDE OF LAMMERMOOR, the opera tells the story of a young woman who loses her reason when forced to marry a man she does not love.



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