Zurich Opera’s Michael Volle Drops In (03.23.09)
Michael Volle stopped in the Visitors Center today asking for directions and information to Amish Country and Niagara Falls, two destinations he may visit between performances of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at Severance Hall. Mr. Volle is with the Zurich Opera and plays the role of Count Almaviva in the show. For the first time in more than 30 years, The Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Franz Welser-Most, will move into the orchestra pit for the fully-staged opera. Mr. Volle said they have been in Cleveland for a week rehearsing the show and spoke of the challenges of adapting the performance from 11 stage entrance doors to the four doors at Severance Hall. He mentioned that he had always heard of the outstanding acoustics at Severance Hall and could now verify the claim. Mr. Volle said he is enjoying Cleveland’s hospitality and performing with The Cleveland Orchestra.
It was a thrill for me to meet this bass-baritone opera member from Munich, Germany. And yes, I did get his autograph! –Submitted by Joyce Noss, Positively Cleveland, Visitors Center supervisor