VIDEO PODCAST: Women Composers - Our special hour-long illustrated feature on women composers includes contributions from Diana Ambache, Gail Wein, Hilary Tann, Natalie Artemas-Polak and Victoria Bond.
Opera director and manager Lotfi Mansouri was born in Tehran on 15 June 1929. He studied psychology at UCLA and worked for a while as an assistant professor there. He began his career as an opera director with Così fan tutte at Los Angeles City College, moving to Zurich Opera to work for six years as a resident stage director. From there he moved to Geneva Opera as head stage director (1966-76).
In 1988 he became general director of San Francisco Opera, building the company's reputation and commissioning various new works, including John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer in 1992 and André Previn's 1998 A Streetcar Named Desire.
Lotfi Mansouri died in San Francisco on 30 August 2013, aged eighty-four.
Ensemble. A Smooth Delivery - Maria Nockin was at San Diego for Puccini's 'Turandot'
Ensemble. A Fine Performance - Verdi's 'Nabucco' from San Diego Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Robust and Vigorous - Saint-Saëns' 'Samson and Delilah', reviewed by Maria Nockin