Michael Anthonio

Michael Anthonio's love affairs with classical music and opera started in primary school, when his parents bought him an organ and he began taking lessons. During high school and college, he gave private organ lessons to some of his parents' friends' kids (for pocket money) and he was church organist and later, choir conductor. In 1999 he moved to Singapore where he got involved with the classical music online website "flying inkpot." His interest in opera became an obsession when he was transferred for work to US in 2008. In addition to enjoying world-class opera in SF, he indulges in opera tours in Europe. His favorite opera composer is Handel; at this point, Michael seen 24 of his operas , with hopefully three more coming next year.

Psychological projections Psychological projections

“The distance between dreams and reality is called action.” – Brian Tracy

on June 13, 2024 at 9:00 AM
The age of <em>Innocence</em> The age of <em>Innocence</em>

The score for Innocence was menacing yet comforting, and, essentially, violent and peaceful at the same time

on June 06, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Monuments man Monuments man

It has been a great season for prolific Bay Area composer Jake Heggie.

on May 27, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Counter culture Counter culture

I love recitals.

on April 19, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Havin’ a ball Havin’ a ball

Over the weekend, Opera Parallèle, San Francisco’s contemporary opera company, stayed true to their mission of “merging tradition and innovation to re-invent opera for a modern world” as they presented a world premiere double-bill cheekily titled Birds & Balls at SFJazz Center’s Miner Auditorium.

on April 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM
<em>Femenine</em> mystique <em>Femenine</em> mystique

“What I am trying to achieve is to be what I am to the fullest. Black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, a homosexual to the fullest.”

on March 15, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Love potion no. 8 1/2 Love potion no. 8 1/2

A perfect escape for a city laden with recent layoffs and job cuts coming into Holiday season

on December 06, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Scholarly pursuits Scholarly pursuits

“What would you do if the world you knew was suddenly gone and you were thrown into the deepest abyss stripped of all humanity? Would you fight to remember who you were?”

on November 10, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Swan’s weh Swan’s weh

All in all, this was truly a superb achievement for San Francisco Opera and an auspicious first chapter in the Wagner opera journey with Eun Sun Kim.

on October 19, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Think different Think different

Bay Area composer Mason Bates’s and librettist Mark Campbell’s contemporary opera about the life of the tech mogul Steve Jobs came home “to the place where it all began” in spectacular fashion

on September 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Got to get you into my strife Got to get you into my strife

Power struggles, prejudice, feuds and revenge abound in San Francisco at the moment.

on September 20, 2023 at 9:55 AM
Empty chairs Empty chairs

The fourth production of Santa Fe Opera’s 66th Festival Season that opened on Saturday June 22 offered a multitude of firsts.

on July 31, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Grown deep like the rivers Grown deep like the rivers

June is long gone. It was truly a month of excellence and exuberance here in San Francisco, coupled with cozy and inviting weather, as if to make up for the extended winter.

on July 12, 2023 at 3:50 PM
Looking for Trouble Looking for Trouble

The ailing and grief-stricken Pinkerton was shown to give his son a diary about his time in Nagasaki, and as Trouble read it, he (and the audience) was taken back in time as the story came to life, similar to the use of Pensieve in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4).

on June 27, 2023 at 12:18 PM
Glorious excess Glorious excess

Despite the ever-increasing media coverage of San Francisco’s “doom loop,” June 2023 will be forever remembered as the time where San Francisco was the opera capital of the United States.

on June 26, 2023 at 8:00 AM
Return of the Merolini Return of the Merolini

On June 16, San Francisco Opera concluded their excellent Centennial Season with a heartfelt 100th Anniversary Concert, featuring a starry cast, three conductors (including current and former Music Directors) and the SF Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

on June 21, 2023 at 7:00 AM
Returning to the Living World Returning to the Living World

“I joyfully await the exit—and I hope never to return” were the last words written by the visionary Mexican painter, Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón (famously known simply as Frida Kahlo), according to her 2002 biography by Hayden Herrera.

on June 20, 2023 at 8:00 AM
Standing in the shadows of love Standing in the shadows of love

Richard Strauss’ monumental (arguably his magnum opus) Die Frau ohne Schatten made a triumphant return to the War Memorial Opera House last Sunday June 4 after 34 years.

on June 06, 2023 at 11:44 AM
Soho meets Sybil Soho meets Sybil

On Friday, MCal Performances—the performing arts organization based at University of California, Berkeley—presented the US premiere of South African multi-disciplinary artist William Kentridge’s Sybil, with music composed and conceived by Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Kyle Shepherd.

on March 21, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Fully immersive Fully immersive

Now the opera world can have a taste of what an immersive opera looks like, as Opera Parallèle opened their spectacular world premiere of Everest: An Immersive Experience .

on February 07, 2023 at 10:00 AM
That indescribable feeling That indescribable feeling

Alma Deutscher’s quest for beautiful music permeates the score of her Cinderella from the hushed opening of the Overture.

on December 02, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Good grief Good grief

There are no words superlative enough to describe this celebration of Orpheus’ grief, and I truly applaud San Francisco Opera for presenting such food for thought that will definitely resonate long after with me.

on November 19, 2022 at 11:34 AM
Color my world Color my world

San Francisco Opera has unveiled a brand-new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s warhorse classic La traviata, the first “to be built in San Francisco Opera’s scene and costume shops in 35 years.”

on November 16, 2022 at 10:06 AM
A study in simplicity and profundity A study in simplicity and profundity

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays” – Soren Kierkegaard

on October 18, 2022 at 9:52 AM