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.

The lion king The lion king

Opéra Royal revives Grétry’s Richard Cœur-de-lion, one of the finest examples of the opéra comique genre.

on October 24, 2019 at 9:40 AM
Take care of this house Take care of this house

How does one make a performance of standard opera repertoire like Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro feel “fresh?”

on October 22, 2019 at 12:50 PM
Storm of the century Storm of the century

A sense of celebration was definitely in the air last Thursday at the Vienna State Opera.

on October 16, 2019 at 12:24 PM
A whole new world A whole new world

The Paris Opera assembled an all-French cast to stage arguably the most well-known example of opéra-ballet, Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes.

on October 10, 2019 at 11:08 AM
Roman holiday Roman holiday

A brace of Handel operas at the George Enescu International Festival.

on September 27, 2019 at 10:54 AM
Miss me blond Miss me blond

From the technical standpoint San Francisco Opera’s Billy Budd was pretty much flawless.

on September 11, 2019 at 9:22 AM
Get this Pati started Get this Pati started

Politics and romance entangled in a spectacular fashion at San Francisco Operas’s Roméo et Juliette.

on September 09, 2019 at 10:43 AM
O for a Muse of fire O for a Muse of fire

Saturday August 17 the Merola Opera Program wrapped up its annual Summer Festival with the Merola Grand Finale concert at the War Memorial Opera House.

on August 21, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Dream a little dream of me Dream a little dream of me

“Who are you? Who do you want to be?” The search for one’s identity is explored in American composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s brand new opera If I Were You.

on August 06, 2019 at 12:02 PM
Under the silver lake Under the silver lake

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” went the introduction to the 1940s radio program The Shadow, an apt description for the San Francisco Opera’s production of Rusalka.

on June 19, 2019 at 12:37 PM
Touch me in the mourning Touch me in the mourning

“How far should we give way to grief? How far dare we, without disaster?”

on June 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM
Pilot program Pilot program

Once again we got a very frustrating performance of Orlando; this time a beautiful and completely coherent production marred by some sub-optimal singing.

on June 12, 2019 at 2:13 PM
Words get in the way Words get in the way

Although stripped down, this comedy of manners was far from boring due to well-choreographed movements and actions of the characters.

on June 10, 2019 at 9:48 AM
Nice nice baby Nice nice baby

“Tame” seemed to be the appropriate adjective to describe San Francisco Opera’s Carmen.

on June 09, 2019 at 11:05 AM
Tears in heaven Tears in heaven

There is a deep sense of culmination and finality when we discuss the last works of the great Masters. 

on May 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM
There will be bloom There will be bloom

In the more than 500 years of the history of operas, rarely (if ever) has a coming of age story, particularly one from the child’s point of view, been presented as the main topic of the opera.

on May 11, 2019 at 3:48 PM
Demented Demented

Claus Guth, in a staging of Handel’s Orlando for Theater an der Wien, decided to revisit a PTSD theme.

on April 26, 2019 at 3:18 PM
Gods and monsters Gods and monsters

Legrenzi married the quirky libretto to a score of transcendental beauty.

on April 20, 2019 at 2:51 PM
Briefs encounter Briefs encounter

Trial by Jury was the operetta chosen by Lamplighters Music Theatre, the San Francisco-based Gilbert & Sullivan company, to close their 66th season.

on April 04, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Good news bear Good news bear

Teatro Real continued their 200 years’ celebration by premiering a piece that they have never done before, Francesco Cavalli’s opera La Calisto.

on March 20, 2019 at 11:59 AM
Alpha doge Alpha doge

West Bay Opera’s sterling production of Verdi’s I due Foscari played over the last two weekends.

on February 27, 2019 at 12:35 PM
Let’s hear it for the boa Let’s hear it for the boa

What happens in Karlsruhe stays in Karlsruhe!

on February 26, 2019 at 11:42 AM
Women in revolt Women in revolt

The full title of the opera pretty much describes the plot: Il mondo alla roversa osia Le donne che comandano.

on February 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Once more with feeling Once more with feeling

We humans tend to dislike uncertainty, therefore there is something comforting going to opera revivals; you know exactly what you are going to get. 

on February 23, 2019 at 2:23 PM
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