Do let this stranger wait outside your door Do let this stranger wait outside your door

San Francisco opera offers a new peak in drab, listless programming in their 2018-2019 “Leftovers and Stuff We Got With Coupons” gala season.

on January 17, 2018 at 4:29 PM
Golden wreck Golden wreck

I really wished to avoid joining the pig pile of derision that has fallen on SF Opera’s premiere of John Adams and Peter Sellars’ Girls of the Golden West.

on December 09, 2017 at 12:49 PM
Word problem Word problem

I’ve been picking away yet again at the mysterious symbiosis between an opera’s words and its music.

on December 01, 2017 at 9:00 AM
The pleasure of her company The pleasure of her company

It is not easy for an opera company to follow a spectacular production of La Traviata with Massenet’s Manon.

on November 21, 2017 at 12:12 PM
As time goes on, I realize just what you mean to me As time goes on, I realize just what you mean to me

There is a slight chill in the air during the final minutes of La Traviata.

on October 03, 2017 at 1:23 PM
Seriously? Right in front of Mycenae? Seriously? Right in front of Mycenae?

You’ve got your “Night in the Museum,”and your “It’s All In Her Head” and your “Pantomimes of Childhood Trauma” and that’s all before halftime.

on September 11, 2017 at 10:01 AM
This is a man’s world This is a man’s world

Brian Jagde‘s creative and charismatic Calaf was almost enough to make up for his counterpart Martina Serafin’s distant portrayal of Turandot.

on September 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM
A midnight girl in a nine o’clock town A midnight girl in a nine o’clock town

Samantha Hankey, so impressive as Diana and Giove-in-Diana in Juilliard’s recent run of Cavalli’s La Calisto, was the perfect Cenerentola.

on August 07, 2017 at 10:35 AM
Only connect… Only connect…

Anna Caterina Antonacci delivered a tour de force of French diction, subtlety of phrasing, variation of vocal timbre, and white-hot stage acting.

on March 23, 2017 at 12:14 PM
Pyramid scheme Pyramid scheme

Isn’t it inspiring how deeply Francesca Zambello has sunk her tentacles into the heart of American opera?

on February 01, 2017 at 10:17 PM
A point upon a map of fog A point upon a map of fog

San Francisco Opera in 2017-2018 presents the Ring cycle, a new John Adams/Peter Sellars collaboration called Girls of the Golden West, plus new productions of Elektra (Christine Goerke, Stephanie Blythe, Adrianne Pieczonka) and Manon (Nadine Sierra,  Michael Fabiano.) 

on January 17, 2017 at 3:56 PM
Tag sale Tag sale

It is a good rule of thumb that if you emerge from a massive grand opera like Aida feeling any less than overwhelmed, you have a right to be somewhat disappointed.

on December 02, 2016 at 9:31 AM
All night long All night long

In one important respect, a great production of Puccini resembles a great production of Wagner.

on November 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Lounging in their caftans and planning a triumph on their own behalf Lounging in their caftans and planning a triumph on their own behalf

The entire action is set at a cocktail party at the Taylor-Burtons’ circa 1971

on November 03, 2016 at 5:22 PM
Life sentence Life sentence

Janácek’s disconcerting commentary on youth and immortality received a full-throated performance.

on November 01, 2016 at 9:53 AM
Stone cold killer Stone cold killer

This may be Karita Mattila’s greatest role.

on June 16, 2016 at 11:43 PM
Four faints in five acts Four faints in five acts

That little place just two hours from the city is on the list of things I shall never understand, like the plot of Parsifal.

on June 15, 2016 at 9:23 AM
Incomplete mountain pass Incomplete mountain pass

The big news on Van Ness Avenue, it goes without saying, is Calixto Bieito’s operatic debut on these shores.

on May 29, 2016 at 12:15 PM
I shall marry the Miller’s daughter I shall marry the Miller’s daughter

I grew up with the Anna Moffo recording of Luisa Miller, so it was fortuitous that the Met gave the premiere of a new production in 1968, around the time RCA released the album.

on February 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Ombra mai fu! Ombra mai fu!

When it comes to throwing shade, Latrice Royale herself must surely yield her crown to the queen who made a contribution to the Rentboy.com Legal Defense Fund “In honor of David Gockley and San Francisco Opera’s production of Gordon Getty‘s Usher House.”

on January 29, 2016 at 12:36 PM
The Good, the Bad and the Gockley The Good, the Bad and the Gockley

Even in San Francisco, actions speak louder than words.

on January 11, 2016 at 6:17 PM
Chute your shot Chute your shot

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher is heavy on macabre atmosphere and light on action.

on December 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM
Busyness as usual Busyness as usual

Emilio Sagi’s production of The Barber of Seville is ungepotchket in the flesh.

on November 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Wahn for a day Wahn for a day

Die Meistersinger is a bold stroke of programming, in a not particularly exciting way.

on November 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM