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  • Pacific Opera Project's Ariadne auf Naxos
    Pacific Opera Project’s stellar Ariadne auf Naxos
    The culture clash that is Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos is the optimal opera appetizer for those new to the form -- so it’s no surprise that Pacific Opera Project chose to stage Strauss’ work May 14-23.The company returned...
  • Music Academy of the West
    Music Academy of the West announces schedule for 2015 festival
    Originally published on April 7, 2015 and reproduced with minor revisionsThe 2015 Summer School and Festival at the Music Academy of the West is shaping up to be as exciting as it is abundant. Highlights of this 68th season include the debut...
  • Two Women
    Why consider an operatic perspective of history?
    This afternoon I was fortunate enough to be invited to the press conference held by the San Francisco Opera (SFO) in order to introduce the major participants in the staging of the world premiere of Two Women. Composed by Marco Tutino, this is an...
  • Gautier Capuçon
    Charles Dutoit will visit SFS podium for two weeks beginning at the end of May
    At the end of this month, Charles Dutoit will return to the podium of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), where, over the course of two weeks, he will present two decidedly different subscription programs.The first program will feature cellist...
  • Bluebeard's Caslte
    Canadian Opera Company's 'Bluebeard's Castle/Erwartung'
    One of the great delights about opera is the unlimited directions in which it can go. Productions of old favourites, like "The Barber of Seville" or "Il Trovatore", can be restaged to satisfy the itch of seeing timeless...
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau: Castor et Pollux
    Ensemble Pygmalion releases a new recording of Rameau’s ‘Gemini’ opera
    Yesterday was the United States release date for a new harmonia mundi recording of the five-act opera Castor et Pollux by Jean-Philippe Rameau. (The European release took place about a month ago.) Eight vocalists assume the roles required by the...
  • Berliner Philharmoniker
    Concerts on a tight budget in cyberspace
    Originally published on April 23, 2009 and reproduced with minor revisionsWhen I write about music on my blog, I tend to be emphatic about the fact that audio capture technology is still not adequate enough for any recording to be as effective a...
  • Luciano Pavarotti’s ‘The 50 Greatest Tracks’ should be in your collection
    Luciano Pavarotti’s ‘50+ Greatest Tracks’ should be in your music collection
    Luciano Pavarotti brought so much joy to his audiences during his magnificent opera career. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the brilliance and beauty of his tone—especially into...
  • Ariadne auf Naxos
    Pacific Opera Project to launch Ariadne auf Naxos
    Pacific Opera Project (POP) will launch Richard Strauss’s most popular opera on May 14th. Following its tradition of skewing productions, POP will place Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos during the 1913 opening night of the now historic...
  • Mnêstêrophonía
    Monteverdi gives Homer a Venetian carnival treatment
    Next Tuesday Linn records will release a new recording of Claudio Monteverdi’s second surviving opera, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (the return of Ulysses to his homeland). As usual, Amazon.com has set up a Web page for taking pre...
  • Benjamin Britten
    Heather Mathews rules with her light touch to Benjamin Britten at SFCM
    Last night the Conservatory Opera Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) concluded a yearlong workshop focusing on the operas of Benjamin Britten. Having worked on scenes from The Turn of the Screw, The Rape of Lucretia, A...
  • Jacques Offenbach
    Let Offenbach's sun shine in
    Originally published on April 3, 2009 and reproduced with minor revisionsThe buzz on Broadway may be all about the revival of Hair, but the San Francisco Conservatory Opera Theatre has brought the Spirit of the Sixties to life in their staging of...
  • San Francisco Opera’s ‘Cenerentola’ on KDFC
    San Francisco Opera’s ‘Cenerentola’ on KDFC
    San Francisco Opera’s acclaimed production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) is featured in Classical KDFC’s opera broadcast tomorrow evening, May 3. Part of the Company’s 2014-15 season, La Cenerentola was recorded...
  • Orlando Philharmonic stages ‘Tosca’
    Orlando Philharmonic stages ‘Tosca’
    Jealousy, love, deceit, murder, and suicide – staples of many classic Italian operas – are back in town for a gripping Orlando Philharmonic production of Puccini’s powerful Tosca at the Bob Carr.Conductor Joel Revzen has played a...
  • David Daniels and The English Concert
    The art of excerpting
    Originally published on March 27, 2009 and reproduced with minor revisionsFor those (like myself) who are always interested in encountering new approaches to listening to music, San Francisco Performances offered two fortuitous couplings last...
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