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A Conversation With Sarah Shafer - Young Soprano Shines in 'La Ciociara' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.26.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Soprano Sarah Shafer is currently singing the role of "Rosetta" in the world premiere of La Ciociara (Two Women) at San Francisco Opera. A co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino, the score is by Marco Tutino as well as its libretto written in collaboration with Fabio Ceresa.

Gautier Capuçon: On Elgar's Cello Concerto, at San Francisco Symphony, 5/27-31

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.22.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The Elgar concerto is one of the most beloved works in the classic cello repertoire. It is the last major work of the composer and one frequently described as contemplative, reflective and elegiac.

Anne-Sophie Mutter - A Profile of the Artist

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

"First of all, at every concert, I always think -- this could be my last. Therefore, I will give it everything I have."

A Conversation With New Zealander Baritone, Hadleigh Adams

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.26.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The featured work is Gabriel Kahane's The Memory Palace which will be sung by baritone Hadleigh Adams. I recently met with Hadleigh to talk about this unusual work which deals with emotional connections to physical space.

A Grand Romance: A Spectacular CD From Pianist Jeffrey Biegel

Sean Martinfield | Posted 07.31.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

The selections are rare and virtuosic, the musical shocks and sentiments gliding between fervent longing and eye-popping wonderment to the frenetic congestion of a Friday night rush hour and a crazy-wicked E Ride down the Danube.

Quietly Impressive Mitsuko Uchida at Carnegie Hall

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Last week, a much-awaited musician came to Carnegie Hall to play -- Japanese-born British pianist Mitsuko Uchida. While she is no blazing personality, her fans are numerous and she has a very devout following.

The Inside Scoop

George Heymont | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

From psychics who claim to be communicating with the soul of the dead octopus to hucksters trying to establish whether Paul is an English or German citizen, The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus gives new meaning to Barnum's claim that "There's a sucker born every minute."

Who's Got It Right About the European Union: David Cameron or Alfred Nobel?

Tad Daley | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Tad Daley

Since everything else -- our economies, our communications, our single planetary environment -- succumbs more completely to globalization every day, shouldn't we eventually bring about a complete globalization of our structures of governance as well?

A Real "Mensch": A Conversation With Germany's Biggest Pop Star, Herbert Grönemeyer

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.25.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

In the United States, he is mainly known for playing Lieutenant Werner in the critically acclaimed film Das Boot, not as a recording artist. That may change with the February 2012 release of his new album I Walk that features his international hit duet with Bono, "Mensch."

You Can't Paint Romantic Music With an Impressionist's Palette

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performed at Carnegie Hall last Thursday evening, presenting a program spanning impressionistic, romantic and modern periods.

Murray Perahia Performs at Avery Fisher Hall

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 01.13.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Perahia's remarkable lack of excess is actually a luxury to hear -- so many pianists run to excess of one kind or another; it was a delight to hear music that wasn't pushed to its limits, trying hard to wow the crowd.

La France a besoin d'un Centre fort!

Jean-Marie Bockel | Posted 12.20.2012 | France
Jean-Marie Bockel

POLITIQUE - La politique est souvent histoire de symbole. En lançant sur les fonts baptismaux l'Union des Démocrates et Indépendants (UDI) ce dimanche 21 octobre en ce lieu emblématique des combats sociaux, qu'est la Mutualité, Jean-Louis Boorlo lance bien plus que le rassemblement des familles centristes éparpillés entre les deux partis majoritaires d'alternance!

The Glow of the EU's Nobel Peace Prize Shines Also on America

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

It is worth recalling that of the four men most responsible for launching the European Union -- Schuman, Monnet, Acheson and Truman -- two were American.

Jonas Kaufmann Triumphs in Lieder Recital for LA Opera

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Sometimes you get the impression that Jonas Kaufmann is a tenor working his way into a Heldenbaritone. OK, that's an exaggeration.

Sting and Trudie in Love: Twin Spirits at Lincoln Center

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The true love story of music legends Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck is the stuff of 19th century sturm und drang: forbidden love, lofty language, melancholy, and early death.

Music Unites Gets Behind Mikhail Simonyan To Raise Funds for Afghanistan National Institute of Music

Michelle Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michelle Edgar

Music Unites will be hosting an event for Russian-Armenian violinist virtuoso Mikhail Simonyan and musicians from the New York Philharmonic on June 14...

Rainforest Foundation Celebrates 21st Anniversary With Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert

Michelle Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michelle Edgar

Sting and his wife Trudie Styler gathered together alongside other legendary music icons across generations Thursday night for the annual Rainforest F...

A Demagogue In Full Cry

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ivan Katz

Los Angeles Supervisor Mike Antonovich has earned a place of distinction in the Pantheon of Public Stupidity.