Hey, look, everybody! The garbage production of Aida that stunk up San Francisco Opera’s most recent season is now on its way to DC! Isn’t it inspiring how deeply Francesca Zambello has sunk her tentacles into the heart of American opera?
San Francisco Opera in 2017-2018 presents the Ring cycle, a new John Adams/Peter Sellars collaboration called Girls of the Golden West, plus new productions of Elektra (Christine Goerke, Stephanie Blythe, Adrianne Pieczonka) and Manon (Nadine Sierra, Michael Fabiano.) Read more »
On February 13th, Music for Life International will bring together a community of world-renowned musicians at Carnegie Hall to perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” The performance of the Second Symphony, which draws on images of rebirth and resurrection, will benefit HelpMeSee, an organization committed to eradicating cataract blindness. Tickets available at Carnegie Hall.
It is a good rule of thumb that if you emerge from a massive grand opera like Aida feeling any less than overwhelmed, you have a right to be somewhat disappointed. Such was the case when I left San Francisc Opera’s inconsistent production this past week. Read more »
In one important respect, a great production of Puccini resembles a great production of Wagner.
The entire action is set at a cocktail party at the Taylor-Burtons’ circa 1971
Janácek’s disconcerting commentary on youth and immortality received a full-throated performance.
That little place just two hours from the city is on the list of things I shall never understand, like the plot of Parsifal.
The big news on Van Ness Avenue, it goes without saying, is Calixto Bieito’s operatic debut on these shores.
I grew up with the Anna Moffo recording of Luisa Miller, so it was fortuitous that the Met gave the premiere of a new production in 1968, around the time RCA released the album.