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Christopher Alden

Life Can Be Such a Drag!

George Heymont | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

So many questions about gender identity found a place in 2014's headlines that, as the world put last year to rest and got on with the business of 2015, I couldn't help but think back to a particular week last fall.

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo -- A Stunning Debut in 'Partenope' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.24.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's current production of Handel's 1730 comedy, Partenope -- now transported to a high-toned Parisian salon in the 1920s -- is an intoxicating whirlwind of fresh air.

A Conversation With Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.16.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's fourth presentation in the 2014/15 season is Handel's hit from 1730, Partenope. Directed by Christopher Alden, the production debuted in 2008 and is a joint effort with the English National Opera and Opera Australia.

15-Year-Old Mozart's Opera Gets Rare Staging

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 04.12.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- With all the reckless disregard of youth for practicality, the 15-year-old Mozart filled his opera "Il sogno di Scipione" with one impossi...

Dark Mozart Production Says, We Could All End Up Drinking On A Park Bench

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 03.23.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- Christopher Alden has a bleak view of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte." The final message of his fascinating, quirky and sometimes downright wei...


Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

These are difficult times so we have much to do other than producing good opera.