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 Review: P R I S M at REDCATBWW Review: P R I S M at REDCAT
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BWW Interview: Dolora Zajick of INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG DRAMATIC VOICES at University Of Nevada, RenoBWW Interview: Dolora Zajick of INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG DRAMATIC VOICES at University Of Nevada, Reno
Posted: May. 1, 2018


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


BWW Review: CANDIDE at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: CANDIDE at Santa Fe Opera
Posted: Jun. 30, 2018


BWW Review: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI at Santa Fe Opera
Posted: Jul. 26, 2018


BWW Review: MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Santa Fe Opera
Posted: Jul. 1, 2018


BWW Review: P R I S M at REDCATBWW Review: P R I S M at REDCAT
December 1, 2018


BWW Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
November 18, 2018

Los Angeles Opera presented the premiere performance of HANSEL AND GRETEL. The opera's original libretto is steeped in nineteenth century culture but Richard Sparks' translation, originally for the 2006 LA presentation of the opera, brought the text up to date and made it most appealing to contemporary children.

BWW Review: LA BOHEME at the Granada TheatreBWW Review: LA BOHEME at the Granada Theatre
November 12, 2018

Henri Murger, the author of the original French book, describedBohemia as bordered on the North by hope, work, and gaiety, on the South by necessity and courage, and on the West and East by slander and the hospital. His characters, all based on real people he knew, wanted to free society of its strict bourgeois moral code and some of their ideas have taken root over the century and a half since the book's publication.

BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Thorne Hall Occidental CollegeBWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Thorne Hall Occidental College
October 29, 2018

On Sunday October 28, 2018, Pacific Opera Project (POP) presented Giuseppe Verdi's well-loved opera, LA TRAVIATA to a full house at Occidental College's Thorne Hall in Pasadena. Director and Designer Josh Shaw presented a traditional production with a unit set that spoke of flowers and the beauty of the earth despite the terrors of disease in the 19th century.

BWW Review: VAMPYR at the Ace Hotel TheatreBWW Review: VAMPYR at the Ace Hotel Theatre
October 28, 2018

Carl Theodore Dreyer and Christian Jul wrote VAMPYR, basing it on aspects of Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 publication, IN A GLASS DARKLY, a collection of five short stories of mystery and the supernatural.Subtitled THE DREAM OF ALAN GREY, the movie tells of a young man's strange experiences in the North-Central French village of Courtempierre. They may have been real or just dreams, we cannot be sure.

BWW Review: SATYAGRAHA at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: SATYAGRAHA at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
October 22, 2018

On October 20, 2018, Los Angeles Opera presented Philip Glass's SATYAGRAHA which tells of Mahatma Gandhi's early years in South Africa. SATYAGRAHA means truth, the real, the good combined with force or insistence. It is most often associated with Gandhi's nonviolent protests and resistance to racist laws. What he achieved by passive means was amazing at the time and remains a wonder today when racism is once again knocking on our doors.

BWW Interview: Sean Panikkar of SATYAGRAHA at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Interview: Sean Panikkar of SATYAGRAHA at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
October 17, 2018

Sean Panikkar is a tenor who appears in leading opera roles around the world. He is also a member of the crossover tenor trio, Forte, as a result of his foray into the world of America's Got Talent. This month he sings the role of Mohandas K. Gandhi in Philip Glass's SATYAGRAHA at Los Angeles Opera.

BWW Review: SOLDIER SONGS at Ford AmphitheatreBWW Review: SOLDIER SONGS at Ford Amphitheatre
October 14, 2018

The story bridges the dichotomy between the civilian perception of war and the conditions experienced by soldiers. It shows the reason why veterans often choose not to tell their war stories to anyone who has never been to war. As The Soldier says repeatedly: "I never talk about this." Bill Morrison's film illustrates the resulting loss of innocence and the gnawing fear brought about by living in danger.

BWW Review: DON CARLO at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: DON CARLO at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
September 23, 2018

Los Angeles Opera assembled an all-star cast for its opening night revival of Verdi's DON CARLO on September 22, 2018. James Conlon led approximately 75 musicians as they embarked on another excursion into the dark world of sixteenth century Spain and the Inquisition. Verdi's DON CARLO tells a fascinating tale that is not quite historically accurate but makes good drama.

BWW Review: CARMEN at John Anson Ford AmphitheatreBWW Review: CARMEN at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
September 2, 2018


BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Walk Festival HallBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Walk Festival Hall
August 18, 2018

On August 17, 2018, The Grand Teton Music Festival presented Leonard Bernstein's 1957 musical, WEST SIDE STORY. In the intimate, wood-lined Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, Wyoming, Music Director Donald Runnicles led the festival orchestra, which is composed of of players from fine ensembles from across the globe. The orchestra's music was 'surround sound' in the fullest sense of the term. Patrons not only heard but experienced Bernstein's Blues, Mambo, and Cha-Cha with all their senses as the rhythms encompassed the hall.

BWW Review: ARIADNE AUF NAXOS at Santa Fe OPERABWW Review: ARIADNE AUF NAXOS at Santa Fe OPERA
July 29, 2018

ARIADNE is an opera that shows the beauty of great voices and this cast had plenty to offer. Amanda Echalaz, whose voice has significant heft to it, sang Ariadne with beautiful rose velvet tones. She was a bit of a witch in the prologue, but in the opera, her voice rolled out over the audience like waves in the ocean. Offering pathos at the beginning, Echalaz's use of a tapestry of vocal color made her transition to Bacchus's lover credible

BWW Review: DOCTOR ATOMIC at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: DOCTOR ATOMIC at Santa Fe Opera
July 28, 2018

On July 28, 2018, 13 years after its premiere, Santa Fe Opera presented John Adams and Peter Sellars' DOCTOR ATOMIC. This new production featured bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the volatile scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer. The opera, which takes place during the last few days before the first atomic bomb test, shows Oppenheimer battling with his mental demons as he tried to deal with the impending use of his scientific discovery to destroy an entire city and its inhabitants. McKinny showed the audience the human side of the scientific genius and I doubt that operagoers who saw his portrayal will soon forget it.

BWW Review: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI at Santa Fe Opera
July 26, 2018

Daniela Mack is Isabella, an Italian pilot, who makes an emergency landing in Algiers and is captured by its ruler, the Bey. He wants an Italian girl for a wife but she loves Lindoro, the Bey's Italian slave. L'ITALIANA has lots of good bel canto singing and plenty of comedy to keep you smiling all evening. There are three more performances, Aug 3, 9 and 17.

BWW Interview: Ryan McKinny of DR ATOMIC at Santa Fe OperaBWW Interview: Ryan McKinny of DR ATOMIC at Santa Fe Opera
July 15, 2018

MN: What would you like operagoers to know about DR ATOMIC? RMcK: I hope folks are able to arrive with an open heart and mind. As with any librettist Peter Sellars and composer John Adams collaboration, what we are creating is not traditional opera. In this case, it almost feels like a kind of ceremony-a celebration of this land and a display of mourning for what happened here in the desert 75 years ago.

INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG DRAMATIC VOICES FINAL CONCERT at NIGHTINGALE HALL, RENOINSTITUTE FOR YOUNG DRAMATIC VOICES FINAL CONCERT at NIGHTINGALE HALL, RENO
July 8, 2018

Dolora Zajick's Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) offers free master classes as well as a free concert of songs and arias sung by students with piano accompaniment. All these events are held at Nightingale Hall, 1335 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV, and no tickets are required for any of them.

BWW Review: LA GAZZETTA at The Ebell ClubBWW Review: LA GAZZETTA at The Ebell Club
July 7, 2018

On Friday evening July 6, 2018, Pacific Opera Project (POP) presented Gioachino Rossini's little known opera LA GAZZETTA at the newly outfitted Ebell Club in Los Angeles. The area where patrons sat at tables was surrounded with a semi-circle of single seats. Every seat has been sold for the entire two-weekend run of GAZZETTA but it is likely that we will hear more from this bubbly,

BWW Review: MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Santa Fe Opera
July 1, 2018

On June 30, 2018, Santa Fe Opera continued the season begun the night before with a revival of the 1904 Brescia Version of Giacomo Puccini's tragic MADAMA BUTTERFLY. The late Lee Blakeley put together the original 2010 production with simple visual lines and a bold structure. Eight years later, Matthew Ozawa restated it poetically for a new audience.

BWW Review: CANDIDE at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: CANDIDE at Santa Fe Opera
June 30, 2018


BWW Review: SCARE PAIR: USHER HOUSE AND THE CANTERVILLE GHOST at The Broad StageBWW Review: SCARE PAIR: USHER HOUSE AND THE CANTERVILLE GHOST at The Broad Stage
June 25, 2018

On Sunday June 24, 2018, Los Angeles Opera gave a matinee presentation of two one-act Gordon Getty operas, USHER HOUSE and THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, which LAO calls SCARE PAIR. USHER HOUSE is Getty's 2014 edgy, operatic version of of Edgar Allan Poe's story, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. THE CANTERVILLE GHOST is Getty's realization of the Oscar Wilde story.



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