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A Conversation With Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.16.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's fourth presentation in the 2014/15 season is Handel's hit from 1730, Partenope. Directed by Christopher Alden, the production debuted in 2008 and is a joint effort with the English National Opera and Opera Australia.

Review: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in 'Solo For Two'

Meghan Feeks | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

I have to hand it to Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev. Easily the world's most exciting ballet couple, they could probably spend the rest of their careers performing Don Quixote, and still pack houses every night.

Tenor Stuart Skelton on Peter Grimes

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.17.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

On June 26-29, San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes. Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the th...

First Nighter: Nico Muhly's "Two Boys" Proves One Plus One Equals Disappointment

David Finkle | Posted 12.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The thing I'm bursting to tell you immediately about Two Boys is that Anne Strawson (Alice Coote), the detective inspector at the center of it, is about as dumb a cop as you'd hope to avoid on a case where you've been victimized.

Problems in England

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Does the Arts Council "reduce from the bottom," zeroing out grants to the smallest grantees (effectively putting them out of business), or does it make drastic cuts to the largest organizations, which presumably have the easiest time raising private funds?

Terry Gilliam Heads To The Opera

AP | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts

LONDON — The English National Opera's 2013-14 season will include a world premiere of Oedipus-inspired opera "Thebans" and the return of Monty P...

Musings, Music, and Monologues

George Heymont | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

There I was, trying to find a hook that could unite my thoughts about curious solo turns when I came across a headline on The Huffington Post that screamed: "Watch: Justin Bieber Pukes Onstage."

Does the English National Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' Romanticize Terror?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Let the production proceed. But let people be educated about its glaring flaws lest they fall into the trap of the moral equivalence between those who live to kill and those who are forced to kill because they wish to live.

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).

WATCH: If Real Life Was Like Facebook And Twitter

Posted 08.08.2011 | Technology

What would it be like if your online life was applied to the real world? What if someone poked you on the street like on Facebook? Or a random strange...

Lucrezia Borgia In 3D: Mike Figgis On His Controversial New Opera

Kisa Lala | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Kisa Lala

By Kiša Lala Lucrezia Borgia Film, Credit Mike Figgis, Courtesy ENO I was late arriving at Groucho's and Mike Figgis was already anxious. It was t...

English Opera and Sky Arts Will Produce First Ever Live 3D Opera

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

For those who thought the opera was for the rich, the old, or the bourgeoisie, the English Opera is producing a live 3D opera, mixing this 400 year ol...

The Powerful Appeal of Opera To Ethnic Communities (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, when a new musical based on the tales of Sholem Aleichem began its pre-Broadway tryout in Detroit, the producers feared the show might be "to...

Good news, bad news department

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

I think that we could live with this - The English National Opera's new opera based on Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, is all set to be a sensational ...

The F Word Causing Problems in the Midwest

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

Apparently the excellent Chicago Opera Vanguard has lost out on a sponsor because of the frequent use of a commonly used word beginning with "F." Really?