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Soprano Susanna Phillips: This Week With San Francisco Symphony, 9/30 through 10/3

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.29.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This week San Francisco Symphony presents soprano Susanna Phillips in Samuel Barber's enduring composition from 1947, Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

She Makes Beautiful Music

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.03.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

America the Beautiful is a beloved patriotic song -- written by a woman! Women have contributed to the field of music as singers, songwriters, composers, and conductors. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Tenor Michael Fabiano: On La Bohème, Now at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.19.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

During our recent conversation, we talked about the discipline involved for the tenor who has Rodolfo on his performance calendar. Rodolfo is a physically climactic role. A succession of performances requires much more than muscle memory.

Women's Firsts in the Big Apple

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 09.19.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

When Joan Ganz Cooney decided to start the Children's Television Workshop, she was told that she could be the deputy, but that a man should be in charge. Her response was that if a man were in charge, she would not be involved

Bass Baritone Christian Van Horn -- A Busy Season at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.16.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Christian Van Horn is Oroveso in San Francisco Opera's new production of Bellini's Norma. The bel canto gem opened the 2014/15 Season on September 5, making Christian's resounding bass-baritone the first voice to be heard in the Company's 92nd Season.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Introduces 'Rita' by Donizetti, February 12-16

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

The best way to describe Verdi's String Quartet in E minor is that it's just so very-very Verdi. Including it on a program such as this reveals similar dramatic flavors found in any of his operas.

Did AIDS Kill New York City Opera?

Perry Brass | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Perry Brass

The amount of money necessary to save New York City Opera -- about $7 million -- people like David Koch and his crowd could belch out after dinner. But what is so heartbreaking to me is that a whole generation that would have fought like mad to save it is now dust.

Samuel Ramey Is Leo the Great in San Francisco Opera's 'Attila'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

The role of "Leone" in Verdi's Attila requires an artist of the larger-than-life variety. For the 2012 summer season at San Francisco Opera, that can be carried off by no one else but Samuel Ramey.

The NYC Opera Is Fighting For Its Life

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 07.19.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The New York City Opera, a pillar of American culture that for decades has built daring new productions along with the careers of sta...

The Unadulterated Joy of Wretched Excess

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

You could not find a more delightful pick-me-up than Automorphosis., a sublimely over-the-top tribute to individualism, to acting out your fantasies, and to the joyous results of not holding back when the creative urge strikes.

More Funding for School Arts Programs, Less for Sports

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Sports programs often produce extremely competitive students whose careers peak early in life. Arts programs often produce extremely creative students whose critical thinking skills deepen as they mature.

Beverly Sills' Art, Jewelry For Sale In New York

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

NEW YORK — An auction of the late soprano Beverly Sills' estate fetched more than a half-million dollars Wednesday – far more than expecte...

Hang Out With Marsalis, Domingo, Gilbert and Others -- For Free

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jane Levere

How's this for a holiday gift? Time with Placido Domingo, Alan Gilbert, Peter Martins, Wynton Marsalis and Audra McDonald, free of charge, at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts.