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Michael Anthonio

Mortality play

Silvie Jensen, queen of the gods in San Francisco.

This year marked the ninth annual American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy, which the program proudly called “San Francisco’s Summer Bach Festival”. Over the years, ABS had been bringing some rarities as the highlights of the Summer Festival to showcase the ABS Academy, “an advanced training program for emerging professionals and accomplished students of historically informed performance practice” as mentioned in their website.  Read more »

Dazed and confused

Last weekend marked the opening night for West Edge Opera: Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Now in its 38th year, this nomadic East Bay opera company has a long history of staging rare and unusual operas in all sorts of places; last year it was at an abandoned warehouse and the year before, abandoned train station.  Read more »

Call me madman

This past weekend was a busy one for operas in San Francisco (and Bay Area). First, it was time for the second fully-staged Merola Opera Program’s 2018 opera production, Stravinsky’s neoclassical moral fable The Rake’s Progress. This 1951 opera, with libretto written by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman based on William Hogarth’s eight paintings and engravings “A Rake’s Progress,” hadn’t been seen in SF Opera stage in the last 11 years, so it made a welcome appearance here.  Read more »

Alexander was great

As the first of the 2018 opera productions last Saturday, the Merola Opera Program chose Mozart’s rarely-performed early serenata, Il re pastore.

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