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Bass Baritone Christian Van Horn -- A Busy Season at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.16.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Christian Van Horn is Oroveso in San Francisco Opera's new production of Bellini's Norma. The bel canto gem opened the 2014/15 Season on September 5, making Christian's resounding bass-baritone the first voice to be heard in the Company's 92nd Season.

Sondra Radvanovsky and Jamie Barton Shine in New Production of Norma at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.10.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The production elements are not heaven sent. The set designs of David Korins are clever, but confusing and cluttered. The Kong-size doors, the ready abundance of knives, spears and scythes, keep the eyes very busy and the questions coming.

There's Lots of Good Fish in the Sea

George Heymont | Posted 10.24.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The lyrics to many choral refrains in Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas are often ignored or forgotten by audiences who favor the musical solos and pat...

Attention Must Be Paid

George Heymont | Posted 09.27.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The San Francisco Opera recently revived John Copley's 1987 production of Verdi's masterpiece (commissioned by Terry McEwen) as part of its 2014 summer season. Not having seen this particular production since it came online nearly 25 years ago, I had looked forward to getting reacquainted with its charms.

You Bet Your Life!

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some people simply can't resist the chance to make a bet or the challenge to meet one. Whether that bet involves traveling around the world in 80 days or transforming a poor Cockney flower girl into a woman of poise who could charm the Queen of England, no prize is as delicious as the satisfaction of planning one's triumph.

Marco Vratogna Is Sensational as Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Still in his thirties, a lion-hearted Leo, Vratogna is that rare breed of natural dramatic baritone who owns the vocal prowess and seductive appeal of the alpha male so predominant in the Verdi repertoire.

San Francisco Opera Opens 90th Season With Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.11.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Verdi's Rigoletto premiered in Venice in 1851 and had its first performance with San Francisco Opera in 1923. Its continuous box office appeal is due primarily to the glorious arias composed for its three principal characters.