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Five Short Hours With Berlioz's the Trojans in San Francisco

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Was it harmonic convergence or just a coincidence that I was able to see two hughly anticipated music events in the same week?

An Audience With Susan Graham - Queen of Carthage in 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.10.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This year marks her 25th Anniversary with the company. Susan is back and currently starring as "Didon" in Hector Berlioz's 1858 epic masterpiece, Les Troyens which opened this past Sunday afternoon and will play an additional five performances through July 1.

First Nighter: The Merry Widow at the Met With New Cast Trying

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If there's one thing Susan Stroman's new production of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera House isn't, it's merry. Sometimes frenetic, yes, but merry, no -- and in several ways that composer Franz Léhar might not have condoned.

Santa Fe Opera's Beguiling Season

Rodney Punt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Santa Fe Opera's top laurels for the 2013 season were not necessarily won by its most anticipated productions. Of the five works staged, three were fashioned around star singers -- a world premiere tragedy, an Offenbach farce and a rarely performed late work of Rossini.

'Moby-Dick' Opens at San Francisco Opera: A Conversation With Composer Jake Heggie

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.09.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"I knew from the beginning Moby-Dick was a very good idea," said Jake Heggie during our recent interview. "Right from the start, people were a little stunned that we were taking it on."

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).

What Is the Purpose of Public Education?

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

If we start with the commonalities that we all agree education must serve, perhaps we can then move forward and develop a plan of evolution and reform that more of this country buys into.