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I Like My (Operatic) Meat Well Done

George Heymont | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

If one searched for the polymaths who made the greatest contributions to opera during the second half of the 20th century, two names would instantly come to mind.

Rossini's Hot Playlist

Lew Whittington | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

What is it about Rossini operas that make them still hot tickets? Could it be those galloping orchestrals or heart-stopping vocal vaults? Or perhaps those preposterous story lines are needed distractions in a time of stress.

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...

Norma at San Francisco Opera

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

Call me Norma. I am a Druidic priestess and I have a tool shed. My toolshed is in the Druidic barn (did we have barns back in ancient Gaul? never mind) and that's where I keep the kids I bore Pollione, our Roman enemy.

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.

Opera As Team Sport

Kim Witman | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Kim Witman

We are currently producing an opera with 12 soloists. As our director said, that's at least eight or nine more than any opera needs.

200-Year-Old Opera Finally Comes To The U.S.

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home

KATONAH, N.Y. -- An Italian opera composer who was a budding genius at age 19 and a Polish contralto who remains a vocal phenomenon at age 60 teamed u...

What Artists Do While Waiting for the Next Inspiration

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.17.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

No artist is free from dry periods or mental blocks, when the old ideas seem to lead nowhere and new ones are hard to find. Different artists have approached the problem in various ways.

A Decadent 24-Hour Le Mans Menu

Honest Cooking | Posted 08.11.2011 | Home
Honest Cooking

It has been more than difficult to track down culinary traditions from Le Mans day, as you see it around the Super Bowl, World Cup Finals and other major sporting events. Something has to be done, right?

Chicago Opera Theater's Brian Dickie on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Brian Dickie, the general director of the Chicago Opera Theater, stopped by The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer at The Hideout, to discuss the 2010 Spring Festival.

What are we here for?

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

At the end of our short season it seems to be a legitimate question to ask. And it is a question that I ask from time to time during the rest of the ...