David Gordon at Lyric Opera of Chicago
1973 - Rosenkavalier (Major Domo of Fanninal) with Ludwig/Dernesch, Berthold, Sotin, Blegen; Leitner
1979 - Andrea Chénier (Incredible) with Domingo, Marton, Bruson; Bartoletti; Gobbi
1980 - Boris Godunov [Opening Night] (Simpleton) with Ghiaurov, Baldani, Ochman, Sotin, Trussel; Bartoletti; Everding
1981 - Ariadne auf Naxos (Scaramuccio) with Meier/Rysanek, Minton, Johns, Welting; Janowski
Don Quichotte (Juan) with Ghiaruov, Gramm, Valentini-Terrani, Cook, Negrini; Fournet
Elisir d'Amore [Student matinees] (Nemorino) with Hines, Raftery; Schaenen
1982 - Pagliacci (Beppe) with Vickers, Barstow, MacNeil, Carlson; Cillario
1984 - Abduction from the Seraglio (Pedrillo) with Welting, Araiza, Moll; Leitner
1985-86 - Samson [Handel] (Philistine Man) with Vickers, Shade, Anderson, Howell, Plishka; Rudel
1994-94 - Boris Godunov [Opening Night] (Simpleton) with Ramey, Kavrakos, Denniston; Bartoletti
1996-97 - Turandot (Pang) with Schnaut, Heppner, Esperian, Anisimov, Cangelosi; Bartoletti
[Note: The lighting in most of these productions was designed by Duane Schuler.]
Also, during the seasons 1974 -80, Gordon participated in several "Outreach" performances at schools and other local venues presented by Lyric Opera. The repertoire included Il Ciarlitano (Ernesto) by Domenico Puccini [American Premiere], Barber of Seville (Almaviva), La Traviata (Alfredo), and Don Pasquale (Ernesto).
David Gordon at the San Francisco Opera
1981 (Summer) - Die Meistersinger (David) with Ridderbusch, Bode, Johns, Rydl, Hornik, Del Carlo, Halfvarson; Adler
Rigoletto (Borsa) with Boyagian/Manuguerra, Wise, Dvorský, Rydl; Bareza
1982 (Summer) - Turandot (Pang) with Kelm, Daniels, Martinucci; Chung
1983 - Ariadne auf Naxos (Brighella) with Plowright/De Vol/Reppel, Bailey/Johns, Quittmeyer, Berry, Battle; Dohnányi
Boris Godunov (Simpleton) with Ghiaurov, Tomlinson, Ochman, Mineva; Janowski
Manon Leascut (Dancing Master) with Freni, Mauro, Sardinero, Capecchi; Arena
The Rake's Progress [Portion of performance as cover] (Tom Rakewell) with Soviero, Gramm, Dunn; Agler
1983 (Summer) - Das Rheingold (Mime) with Devlin, Berry, Lewis, Schwarz; de Waart
1986 - Die Meistersinger (David) with Tschammer, Studer, King, Rydl, Trempont, Del Carlo; Adler
1986 (Summer) - Pagliacci (Beppe) with Mauro, Soviero, Cappuccilli, Malis; Guadagno
1990 - Pagliacci (Beppe) with Atlantov, Mims, Manuguerra/Noble, G. Quilico; Santi
David Gordon Repertoire at the Linz Opera
May 1975 - June 1979
[All operas sung in German]
Cornelius - Der Barbier von Bagdad (Mustafa)
D'Albert - Tiefland (Nando)
Eder - Der Aufstand (Jester, Grave Robber)
Egck - Der Revisor (Chlestakov)
Kienzl - Der Evangelimann (Hans)
Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (Beppe)
Mozart - Così fan tutte (Ferrando)
Pfitzner - Palestrina (Abdisu, Isaac, and two other roles)
Puccini - La Bohème (Parpignol)
Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
Smetana - Bartered Bride (Vašek)
Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos (Tanzmeister, Brighella)
Strauss - Die Schweigsame Frau (Henry)
Szokolay - Bluthochzeit (The Moon)
Verdi - La Traviata (Gastone)
Wagner - Lohengrin (2nd nobleman of Brabant)
Wolf-Ferrari - Die vier Grobiane (Filipeto)
© 1981 Bruce Duffie
This interview was recorded at his hotel on November 20, 1981.
Segments were used (with recordings) on WNIB in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1997.
Portions were transcribed and published in Wagner News in April, 1982, and in Opera Scene in November, 1982.
The full transcription was re-edited and posted on this website in 2013.
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