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Baritone Efraín Solís on 'Papageno' -- Now at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.22.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's revival of designer Jun Kaneko's The Magic Flute is simply the best show in town.

Shagimuratova Goes Brilliantly Mad In 'Lucia di Lammermoor'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Russian soprano captivated a first night audience with her bravura performance as the doomed Scottish lass, culminating in a heart-stopping Mad Scene that can take its place among those of the storied singers who have made the role a signature of their virtuosity.

Marco Vratogna Is Sensational as Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Still in his thirties, a lion-hearted Leo, Vratogna is that rare breed of natural dramatic baritone who owns the vocal prowess and seductive appeal of the alpha male so predominant in the Verdi repertoire.

San Francisco Opera Opens 90th Season With Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.11.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Verdi's Rigoletto premiered in Venice in 1851 and had its first performance with San Francisco Opera in 1923. Its continuous box office appeal is due primarily to the glorious arias composed for its three principal characters.