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Soprano Susanna Phillips: This Week With San Francisco Symphony, 9/30 through 10/3

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.29.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This week San Francisco Symphony presents soprano Susanna Phillips in Samuel Barber's enduring composition from 1947, Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

Playing For The Greats

Glen Roven | Posted 08.31.2015 | Entertainment
Glen Roven

For many years I made my living working on television and Broadway and I loved playing the piano for Broadway legends who were recreating an original performance. I felt I was suddenly transported back to the Golden Age of Musicals, a period I missed, but imagined as intensely as any cast-album producer could have wished.

A Time-Out With Isabel Leonard: In 'L'Heure Espagnole' at San Francisco Symphony, 6/4-6

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.02.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard appears with conductor Charles Dutoit and the San Francisco Symphony this week in Ravel's one-act comic opera, L'Heure espagnole

Isabel Leonard Chats About Her Debut This Week in Washington National Opera's Cinderella

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Isabel Leonard is a singer whose voice appeals to the heart as well as the ear. Some critics have called her lower register "amber-hued," but I hear a pure, silvery sheen from the bottom of her range to the top and a luminous timbre that fits soprano roles as perfectly as the lyric mezzo repertoire.

My Brooklyn Bridge: The Party's Not Over

Glen Roven | Posted 02.28.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

I've always been rather late to the party, and although I'd had my share of evenings at BAM and the wonderful concerts at Bargemusic, it wasn't until recently that I discovered the depth of serious music, opera and theater happening throughout the borough.

A Fun-Filled "Barbiere di Siviglia" With Leonard and Maltman

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Few operas can provide an evening of such pure delight as Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and few productions of Rossini's comic gem are as much fun as the o...

And the Banned Play On

Glen Roven | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

So far this season at the Met I have seen three sensational shows, The Marriage of Figaro, The Death of Klinghoffer and most recently Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Romantic Conspiracies

George Heymont | Posted 03.20.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Last fall, the San Francisco Opera presented new productions of two of the operatic art form's greatest works. Each is a rollicking comedy in which young love triumphs over extremely vain and selfish elders who claim to have the ingenue's best interest at heart.

A Conversation with Lucas Meachem -- San Francisco Opera's Barber of Seville

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Conducted by Giuseppe Finzi and directed by Emilio Sagi, the production is a fine blend of Commedia dell'Arte Lite and drawing room humor played outside.

The 'Heisman Trophy Of Opera' Goes To...

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — This year's Richard Tucker award – often called the "Heisman Trophy of opera" – goes to mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. Th...

Dudamel Opens a New View at Hollywood Bowl

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

Of course it would take a dunderhead to ignore the magnetism our L.A. Philharmonic music director exudes and not let the hordes in on his irresistible way with the players and the music.