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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.

Briefs encounter

In 1875, William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan had their first ever success with their one act comic opera, Trial by Jury, originally written as a companion piece to Jacques Offenbach‘s La Périchole in London. Trial by Jury eventually overrun its more popular companion, and subsequently launched one of the most successful collaborations in the opera world, the 13 so-called “Savoy operas,” which include The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. PinaforeRead more »

Good news bear

Teatro Real continued their 200 years’ celebration on Sunday by premiering a piece that they have never done before, Francesco Cavalli’s opera La CalistoRead more »

Alpha doge

A wise man used to say “Beauty is everywhere if you look hard enough”. So is grand opera apparently, as demonstrated by West Bay Opera’s sterling production of Verdi’s I due Foscari that played over the last two weekends, and I caught the last performance on Sunday (2/24) at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.  Read more »

Let’s hear it for the boa

What happens in Karlsruhe stays in Karlsruhe!  Read more »

Women in revolt

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

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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. 

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Wintertime, and the living is easy

Porgy and Bess, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward’s 1935 “folk” opera, graced the stage of Dutch National Opera for the first time last month, and it was resounding success from start to finish.

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Sex and Vivaldi

The “Red Priest” of Venice once made reference to his “94 operas” in a letter to his patron. 

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