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Malin Byström is 'Jenůfa' - Now at San Francisco Opera Through 7/1

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.24.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

For San Francisco audiences, Czech composer Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa is (as Gershwin would put it) "a sometime thing" - last appearance being fifteen...

Janacek's 'Jenufa' at SF Opera: End of the Season(s)

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Entertainment
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

A scandalous Carmen (which I called high-end Eurotrash), Verdy's Don Carlo (star-studded with spectacular singers) and finally a bold leap into the 20zh century with Janacek's Jenufa.

"Don Carlo" - Star-Studded Night at the Opera

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 06.20.2016 | Entertainment
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

Luckily SFO offered the complete, 5-act Italian version that begins in the park of Fontainebleau where Carlo and his intended Elisabetta fall in love, only to learn that her father, King of France, has given her to Carlo's father, King Phillip II, as a pawn to end a war.

A Profile of Mariusz Kwiecień - Now at SF Opera Through 6/29

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.20.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

For me, David Gockley's greatest asset - even before his thirty-three year tenure (1972-2005) as General Director of Houston Grand Opera - was his experience as an opera student, as a baritone - at the New England Conservatory of Music.

'Celebrating David!' - San Francisco Opera Presents a Farewell Salute to General Director David Gockley

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.09.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

David Gockley's tenure as General Director of San Francisco Opera ends this coming July. On Thursday, June 16, a gala farewell concert, Celebrating Da...

Home Is Where the Heart Was (a Long Time Ago)

George Heymont | Posted 02.04.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Childhood memories of the homes in which we grew up can become distorted over time.

San Francisco Opera's Magical Magic Flute, With Cool Animals, in English

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 10.28.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Any opera (novel, movie, play) with the word magic in the title sets you up to expect just that in the story or staging. Those expectations are certainly met in the production of The Magic Flute, Mozart's final opera, currently at the War Memorial Opera House.

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.

Soprano Leah Crocetto -- On 'Luisa Miller' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.24.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera opened its 2015/16 last week with Giuseppi Verdi's Luisa Miller. Leah Crocetto is cast in the title role, tenor Michael Fabiano portrays her conflicted lover, Rodolfo.

Stephanie Blythe on 'Mrs. Lovett' - Now at San Francisco Opera through 9/29

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.18.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Is Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd an opera -- or what? The work has been around for thirty-six years and known all around the world -- challenging labels, accommodating professional and academic venues, always a kaleidoscope of actors who sing and singers who act.

Afloat Once More on San Francisco Opera's Show Boat...and in Its Wake, 'Sweeney Todd'

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 07.04.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

I just had one of the best opera experiences of my life, attending San Francisco Opera's terrific production of The Trojans, with its gorgeous music by Hector Berlioz, monumental sets and some of the best singers performing today.

Rape as Weapon of War: San Francisco Opera's World Premiere of Two Women (La Ciociara)

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2016 | Arts
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

Two Women walks a satisfying line between harmony and dissonance, high drama and lyrical sensitivity.

Masterpiece Musical Theatre

George Heymont | Posted 03.06.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two well-established musical masterpieces returned to Bay area stages last fall in exceptional productions which proved, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the strength and vitality of each work's score and libretto. The fact that they were so beautifully performed only added to the audience's sense of artistic fulfillment.

Different Strokes for Different Folks

George Heymont | Posted 09.08.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new works for voice written by two contemporary American composers to be performed in two theatres located two blocks away from each other. No matter what lens one uses to compare these works it's crystal clear that one has a bright future ahead of it while the other does not.

Unearthing Family Secrets

George Heymont | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

From cholera to paranoid schizophrenia, from Huntington's disease to clinical depression, seemingly incurable maladies were discovered to lie at the heart of each family's darkest secrets.

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.

A Most Magical New Flute

George Heymont | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

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A Stunningly Visual 'Magic Flute'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.28.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

Jun Kaneko has succeeded in creating an expression of the Totally Other that not only boggles the mind in its complexity, but says to the operatic world: The times they are a'changin'.

San Francisco Opera Triumphs With the Fastest RING in the West

George Heymont | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
George Heymont

On Sunday July 3, the San Francisco Opera wrapped up its 2011 summer season, which was focused entirely on performances of Richard Wagner's four-opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen.

The Powerful Appeal of Opera To Ethnic Communities (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, when a new musical based on the tales of Sholem Aleichem began its pre-Broadway tryout in Detroit, the producers feared the show might be "to...