Some great news for Tacoma Opera this week. Regular conductor Sara Jobin (last seen leading “Faust” (2009) and “The Barber of Seville” (2008)) has been nominated for a Grammy music award. Jobin’s “Best Opera Recording” nomination wasn’t for Tacoma Opera; it was for conducting “Volpone” by John Musto with Wolf Trap Opera, but it’s a huge honor for Jobin, who’ll be attending the awards ceremony on January 31 “ball gown and all.”
Jobin will be back in town in March to conduct TO’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart, and the second piece of good news is that TO just received a prestigious $12,500 Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to mount the production.
“It helps us put on an incredibly expensive art form,” says TO director Kathryn Smith, who says the grant will help pay for everything from set rental from Eugene Opera (pictured) to costumes from Portland Opera and a cast that includes Northwest favorite Jessica Robbins Milanese as Susanna, Charles Robert Austin as Dr. Bartolo and newcomer Thomas Forde as the eponymous Figaro. The production will be in the Pantages on March 5 and 7.
For more information, contact Tacoma Opera at 253-627-7789 or www.tacomaopera.com