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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.

Final chorus

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) opened their 38th season this weekend with a series of concerts in Bay Area (and a single traversal to Costa Mesa to begin the Philharmonic Society of Orange County 65th season) called “Mozart Magnified”, featuring three of Mozart’s sacred works from his time in Salzburg. These concerts came right on the heels of the announcement that the PBO Music Director, Nicholas McGegan, would retire at the conclusion of 2019-20 season, by which he would have led PBO for 35 years.  Read more »


Excitement permeated in the air at the War Memorial Opera House on Wednesday night for the opening performance of Puccini’s perennial favorite Tosca. No, it wasn’t either for the fact that merely four years passed since the last revival (in Thierry Bosquet’s trusted old sets), or for the new (quite conventional) production by director Shawna Lucey and production designer Robert Innes HopkinsRead more »

Drama, Queen

“Lord, Lord, Lord, that monarch is me!”

Lightning struck again here when, after a wait of 39 years, San Francisco Opera unveiled a new production of Donizetti’s Roberto DevereuxRead more »

Double exposure

San Francisco Opera opened their 2018-19 Season Friday with a double bill of Italian verismo operas, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, which made a welcome return to War Memorial Opera House after 15 years.

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Tristan up close

Sunday, August 26, marked the inaugural performance for the newly-created The Claude Heater Foundation with a concert performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in the Herbst Theatre. 

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“For what, we ask, is life without a touch of Feminism in it?”

The Lamplighters Music Theatre opened their 66th season in SF last Saturday with triumphant performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.

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Mortality play

Of all Handel’s oratorios, Semele begs most to be staged.

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Dazed and confused

Last weekend marked the opening night for West Edge Opera: Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.

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