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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.

An Art Form That Just Keeps Evolving

George Heymont | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I'm often amused by the random juxtaposition of shows I attend from one night to the next. One could hardly position two American musicals that differ quite as much in their performance history, style, and appeal than the two I saw in back-to-back performances a few months ago.

Santa Fe Opera Premieres an Oscar Missing His Wilde Side

Rodney Punt | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The July 27 premiere of Oscar at the Santa Fe Opera aimed for catharsis. With its stellar cast, elaborate sets and massive orchestra, Theodore Morrison's opera, was both a brave and uncannily apt commission for the company. At least it seemed so on paper.

Going For Baroque With Handel's Xerxes

George Heymont | Posted 01.25.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

The San Francisco Opera's company premiere of Xerxes included several instruments rarely heard in operatic ensembles: the arch lute, baroque guitar, and theorbo (a long-necked lute sometimes referred to as a chitarrone).