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First Nighter: The Merry Widow at the Met With New Cast Trying

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If there's one thing Susan Stroman's new production of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera House isn't, it's merry. Sometimes frenetic, yes, but merry, no -- and in several ways that composer Franz Léhar might not have condoned.

A New 'Merry Widow' With Renee Fleming In Widow's Weeds

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.03.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is hard to imagine a merrier widow than Renee Fleming, and she swirls through the Metropolitan Opera's sumptuous new production of Franz Lehar's popular operetta The Merry Widow with the ease of a woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it.

Tenor Stuart Skelton on Peter Grimes

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.17.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

On June 26-29, San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes. Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the th...

"Show Boat" - Jerome Kern's Masterpiece at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.05.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

It's an opera - where the ideal performer with the optimal voice is a capital match for the intentions of the composer and his lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II.

Operetta Superstar Marta Eggerth Dies at 101

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
Michael Sigman

(Operetta great Marta Eggerth died at her Rye, N.Y. home on December 26th at 101. This blog was posted as she neared her centennial birthday in 2012.)...

Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke: Unmasked at SF Symphony's Masquerade Ball

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I would run into people in my neighborhood, colleagues, singers who - when you mention Mary Magdalene - have a very strong reaction or an immediate idea.

Marta Eggerth, Operetta Superstar, Turning 100

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Sigman

There's no denying either the sheer beauty of Eggerth's singing or the overwhelming accomplishments of a (so far) 90-year career.