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In Rome, in 1780, Antonio Salieri composed an opera buffa to a libretto by someone named Petrosellini, La Dama Pastorella, which might be translated “My Lady Shepherdess.” There’s this shepherd’s daughter, see, but she turns out to be the long-lost child of a count, as one does in opera.  Read more »

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 »

Half shelled

“Fleming does not have the acting skills to convince as a hearty clam-shack proprietress…” [The Hudson Review]

Something lies beyond the Scene

I was overjoyed by the coincidence that Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival would be presenting Façade.

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Mostly NYFOS

The theme was “Lyrics by Shakespeare.”

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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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Call me madman

This past weekend was a busy one for operas in San Francisco (and Bay Area).

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Rosa’s turn

To heck with Bayreuth and Salzburg, Glimmerglass and Santa Fe as Rosa Feola sang Mozart at Lincoln Center Friday night and I wouldn’t have been anywhere else!

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