I was wondering what Michael Todd Simpson (Marcello in our Boheme), so I did a little Googling and one of the first hits was a post about him on Barihunks. Yes, indeed, a blog about the sexiest baritones in opera.
Besides being deemed "smoking hot," this season he sang the title role of Don Giovanni with Nashville Opera and Eugene Opera. Next season, he's making his Met debut as Hermann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
It's not just our singers who are up to cool things. Michael Boll, our Lighting Supervisor for this season and last, did the lighting design for the play The Aperture, which premiered at Cleveland Public Theatre in March. Now, that's cool enough, but New York City's well-known Fringe Festival picked up the play. I wouldn't mind heading to NYC in August to see it there, along with other plays at the festival...like Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party.
We at OpCleve are pretty excited to have Tomer Zvulun back next year to direct our Lucia. (If you recall, he directed our "slam dunk hit" (as decreed by Opera News) La boheme.) Before he comes back to Cleveland, though, he'll be hanging out at The Met, where he is Assistant Director for Tosca, Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen and La Fille du Regiment. He will also be directing a new production of Die Zauberflote at Atlanta Opera in April.