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Frederica Von Stade

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.

Myles Thatcher -- Profile of an Upcoming Dancer and Choreographer

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Myles Thatcher's skills and growing reputation as a promising choreographer have been recognized and honored by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Frederica von Stade in Tour de Force Performance

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

A rarely produced 1980 play by Horton Foote would seem an unlikely subject for an opera, but in the hands of the marvelous Frederica von Stade and the talented composer and librettist team of Ricky Ian Gordon and Leonard Foglia, it becomes a tour de force.

'Moby-Dick' Opens at San Francisco Opera: A Conversation With Composer Jake Heggie

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.09.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"I knew from the beginning Moby-Dick was a very good idea," said Jake Heggie during our recent interview. "Right from the start, people were a little stunned that we were taking it on."

To Preserve and Protect

George Heymont | Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Many professional musicians who give of their time to conduct master classes for young opera singers have a vested interest in passing on the knowledge they have acquired in the course of their own performing careers.

Candide Travels the World and Arrives at Hollywood Bowl

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

Victimized by bitter circumstance? Not on a bet. Bernstein's Candide showed up at the Hollywood Bowl in concert, courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Yes, it was almost the best of all possible worlds.

Slowly But Surely...

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

....we crawl methodically through the final stages of the preparation of this splendid opera, Jake Heggie's Three Decembers. I was thrilled that we m...

Potentially Quieter Day

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

That was how I thought that I would mange to get over the stresses of the last few week. I managed to get a quiet few minutes in the sun at lunchtime -- bliss.