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Fathers’ day

How do we celebrate a long career in opera, particularly one as illustrious as Plácido Domingo‘s?  Read more »

Coming out

The time was 1927. Richard Strauss, desperate to have another hit after the failure of Die Frau ohne Schatten, asked Hugo von Hofmannsthal to create something new, “It may even be a second Rosenkavalier if you can’t think of anything better.”  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

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

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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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Baby the rain must fall

As Brünnhilde invokes the gods of an empty Valhalla for one last time and strides confidently into a wall of flame, we pause for a moment, unsure of what will follow.

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Human, all too human

Siegfried is, in a sense, The Ring’s odd one out.

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The hipster demigoddess

If Das Rheingold is an opera about infinitude, the illusory idea that the world is large enough to satisfy all of our desires, passions, and lusts, Die Walküre is an opera about scarcity.

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