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.

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
Wintertime, and the living is easy 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.

on February 14, 2019 at 12:01 PM
Sex and Vivaldi Sex and Vivaldi

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

on February 14, 2019 at 9:00 AM
This means war This means war

Considering the size and the logistics for staging Les Troyens, every new production of Berlioz’s epic masterpiece is a special event.

on February 07, 2019 at 1:11 PM
Tales as old as time Tales as old as time

The Paris Opera continued their 350th anniversary celebration January 26 with a brand new production of Alessandro Scarlatti’s 1707 oratorio Il Primo Omicidio ovvero Caino.

on February 07, 2019 at 11:45 AM
A little priestess A little priestess

Ars Minerva upped their game by mounting an 18th century baroque opera, Giovanni Porta’s 1738 Ifigenia in Aulide.

on December 07, 2018 at 10:14 AM
It’s a wonderful opera It’s a wonderful opera

There comes a time where everything falls into place, and more importantly, when your head and heart are also in the right mindset.  That’s when when the opera becomes cathartic, life-changing experience.

on December 03, 2018 at 12:19 PM
Beast in show Beast in show

Christopher Maltman created a fun, coherent, often whimsical journey exploring the animal kingdom through a selection of animal songs.

on November 19, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Master peace Master peace

With Liber scriptus came the biggest discovery for me, the vocal talent of Elena Stikhina.

on October 27, 2018 at 12:12 PM