Andrea Puente-Catán, producer, lecturer, widow of the Mexican composer Daniel Catán, has joined San Diego Opera as Major Gifts Officer in charge of Hispanic donors. Catan, who died in 2011, was a close friend of Placido Domingo.


In an unrelated development, San Diego Opera has also hired Dominic Domingo, Placido’s grandson, as its director of artistic administration. Dominic has been until now assistant company manager at Los Angeles Opera, where his grandfather is general director.

What goes round, goes round.



The US countertenor, accused of rape by a former protege, now faces the possibility of a police charge over attempted solicitation on the gay pickup site Grindr, it is reported.

More here.


We have been notified of the death of Katherine Pring, a memorable Carmen and Fricka at English National Opera.

She was 78.

Katie joined Sadler’s Wells Opera in 1968 and made her Covent Garden début in 1972 as Thea  in Tippett’s The Knot Garden. That year she also sang for the first time at Bayreuth.

Rare film from their early days together.

From the GG archive:

The soloist in the finale of the second symphony is Maureen Forrester.

Opera Saratoga announces:

“Ellen West,” world premiere of opera based on the early-20th century case of a woman’s battle with severe eating disorder and a doctor’s efforts to diagnose her through existential psychotherapy, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Frank Bidart. Commissioned by Opera Saratoga and Beth Morrison Projects, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya and directed by Emma Griffin in her company debut, the production will feature baritone Keith Phares and the first Opera Saratoga appearance by soprano Jennifer Zetlan.

Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30; 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6; and 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12.