Roger Bourland writes about music and life

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El Ruiseñor Mexicano – Suite for orchestra from “La paloma y el Ruiseñor”

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 19:40:36 +0000

After the premiere of my first opera, LA PALOMA Y EL RUISEÑOR, Opera Director Peter Kazaras suggested I follow in the tradition of composers of yore and make an orchestral suite from the opera. I did just that and wrote it and dedicated it to ORQUESTA SINALOA DE LAS ARTES (OSSLA) and the Director, Gordon […]

Visit to Havana, November 2015

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:51:24 +0000

I was approached by Parma Recordings about participating in a musical project involving eight composers going to Cuba and working with Cuban musicians in having their works performed and recorded. I initially was disinclined but my guardian angel and spouse Daniel Shiplacoff convinced me to go for it. I was to work with Wilmia Verrier […]

Researching original voices for our new opera

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 01:35:04 +0000

I’m doing homework for Mitchell Morris’ and my new opera, FRIDA AND THE SMOKING MIRROR. The seven characters are Frida Kahlo, Tezcatlipoca [pictured above] Diego Rivera, Isamu Noguchi, Josephine Baker, Leo Eloesser (Frida’s doctor) and Leon Trotsky. I have made a rough decision on who is what range, but I wanted to see what I […]

La Paloma y el Ruiseñor (2014) — Mazatlán premiere

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:05:49 +0000

La Paloma y el Ruiseñor (Spanish subtitles) La Paloma y el Ruiseñor (English subtitles) Premiere performance of LA PALOMA Y EL RUISENOR (2014) Music by Roger Bourland, Libretto by Mitchell Morris, Spanish adaptation by Placido Domingo Jr, and additional orchestrations and adjustment to the Spanish setting by Scott Dunn. Composer: Roger Bourland Libretto: Mitchell Morris […]

Press conferences

Sat, 23 May 2015 17:28:43 +0000

Raúl Rico coordinated several press conferences for the opera. I was delighted to learn later that the premiere was widely publicized throughout Mexico. Scott Dunn and I had one interview with Raúl Rico as our faithful translator. (This has inspired me to become fluent in Spanish so that I don’t ever have to rely on […]

Meta meta

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:20:36 +0000

My spouse kept telling people that my opera was a “meta opera” and by that, he meant: • this is an opera about an opera singer (Angela Peralta) • an opera that takes place in Mazatlán and that will be premiered in Mazatlán And there was another one. Act 1 involves a ship ride from […]

Arriving early to listen to voices

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:22:32 +0000

[The next group of posts were written after the premiere of the opera.] Opera director and friend Peter Kazaras insisted that I meet with the singers as early as possible. As our performance was a combination of students and faculty it is especially important to have that early meeting. Peter explained that singers internalize their […]

Scott Dunn: The art of collaboration

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:35:22 +0000

I have been blessed in my recent collaboration with pianist, conductor Scott Dunn who will be conducting the world premiere of my opera, La Paloma y el Ruiseñor at the Teatro Angela Peralta in Mazatlán, Mexico on November 14 and 15, 2014. Having scored several feature films, I have learned the value of “cutting”——this happens […]

My two favorite patter songs

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:59:30 +0000

“Pick a little, talk a little” from Music Man by Meredith Willson. “Not getting married” from COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim. Both of these are inspirations for my patter song in LA PALOMA Y EL RUISEÑOR where Julián nervously reintroduces himself to Ángela as she returns to Mexico from Europe.

Armando Piña performs “Ja vas lyublyu” (Prince’s Aria) from The Queen of Spades by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:17:47 +0000

A handheld private recording made by someone, but you’ll get a glimpse into the talent of Armando Piña performing in a recent competition who will be premiering the role of Julián in LA PALOMA Y EL RUISENOR, at the Teatro Angela Peralta; Nov. 14, 15, 2014 in Mazatlán, Mexico. The work Armando performs here is […]