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Heidi Stober: A Break-Through Performance as 'Norina' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.11.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Soprano Heidi Stober springs to new heights as Norina in Don Pasquale at San Francisco Opera. With her opening night performance Stober marked a smashing entrance into bel canto opera and sparked what looks like a long-term association with composer Gaetano Donizetti and friends. Who around here knew she could sing like that?

A Brilliant Production of Don Pasquale in San Francisco

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 10.04.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Donizetti's Don Pasquale has been called the last of the great Italian opera buffa, and it's easy to see why. The music is beautiful and the libretto ...

Italian Opera Flourishes In Guanajuato, Mexico

Lina de la Torre | Posted 09.01.2016 | Arts
Lina de la Torre

Each year there are productions across Mexico and the well-informed audiences tend to respond with great enthusiasm. So, it is no surprise that you would find a world-class opera production like Lucia di Lammermoor being performed at a theatre in Central Mexico.

Relive the Tale of Two Queens -- Thanks to Donizetti!

Lina de la Torre | Posted 03.29.2016 | Arts
Lina de la Torre

Thanks to Donizetti's beautiful opera and the exquisite staging of his work by companies like the Seattle Opera, audiences of today can experience the incredible drama of the two queens and the redemption that Mary finds in the end.

Damsels in Distress

George Heymont | Posted 12.10.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Much of the dramatic conflict in two recent Bay area productions was caused by the fallout from an arranged marriage that seemed destined to please a lot of people. Unfortunately, the bride was not one of them.

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.

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.

The Dicapo Opera Theatre and "The Miracle of E. 76th Street"

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 10.28.2012 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

The score and dramatics of Loesser's unforgettable melodic musical dramedy were showcased with care, soaring excitement and more than a touch of humor. I hope he brings it back for another look.

Arts Lust: The Youthful Maturity of a Tenor

Allan M. Jalon | Posted 12.11.2011 | Arts
Allan M. Jalon

Stephen Costello, the increasingly respected young tenor who recently helped open the Metropolitan Opera's new season, has a gift for candor that matches the sincerity of his voice.

DIVERSE ART: Summerscape Festival

bloomberg.com | Zinta Lundborg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Head up the Hudson Valley to Bard College for Odon von Horvath's "Judgment Day." First seen in 1937 and not much since, the play shows a town ripped ...