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  • Ecclesiastes
    '… all is vanity …'
    Originally published on March 22, 2009 and reproduced with minor revisionsLast night in Davies Symphony Hall I was able to reflect on an observation that Joshua Kosman had made in Friday's San Francisco Chronicle:Before intermission, principal...
  • Orpheus in the Underworld
    Spoofing the spoofer
    Originally published on March 20, 2009 and reproduced with minor revisionsThis year's full-length opera offering by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will be Orpheus in the Underworld, by Jacques Offenbach. I give the English title...
  • Internationally-touring tenor Joseph Calleja makes an exemplary debut in Boston
    Internationally-touring tenor Joseph Calleja makes an exemplary debut in Boston
    Set in front of the ornate, gold-trimmed walls of New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, sat center stage a black baby grand, ‘Steinway and Sons’ piano to welcome two gifted performers, ushering in my very first live opera...
  • Anton Webern: Opus 21
    Pierre Boulez and the Second Viennese School
    Given Pierre Boulez’ tastes in modernism as a composer, one might have thought that his recordings of the Second Viennese School composers, Arnold Schoenberg and his pupils Alban Berg and Anton Webern, would be high points in his catalog....
  • Nikolai Leskov
    Brute force
    Originally published on March 15, 2009 and reproduced with minor revisionsConductor James Conlon clearly has a great love for Dmitri Shostakovich's 1932 opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Confronted with the paucity of opportunities...
  • Canadian Opera Company and 'The Barber of Seville'
    Canadian Opera Company's 'Barber of Seville' charming fun
    It's impossible not to smile and bob your head along to the overture, "The Barber of Seville" is that recognizable a piece of music. But as the Canadian Opera Company shows, there's a lot more to the opera than just an...
  • Tarik O'Regan: Heart of Darkness
    May will begin with two opera opportunities that will not overlap
    Usually I use this site to alert readers to the need to make choices between overlapping opportunities. However, opera lovers will be happy to know that the first eight days of May will feature two fascinating opera productions. Each will run for...
  • 'Tosca' at Kauffman Center, only the best; Lyric Opera can take pride
    'Tosca' at Kauffman Center, only the best; Lyric Opera can take pride
    Saturday night, April 18, Kauffman Theater was full of expectant patrons; they were not to be disappointed. The sets were gorgeous, the costumes were delivered by time machine, the blocking was expert (thank you, director, Garnett Bruce) and the...
  • Final dress rehearsal of Tosca promises a fine performance
    Final dress rehearsal of Tosca promises a fine performance of this favorite
    Thursday evening, April 16, the Kauffman Theater of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was full of music, children, costumes, instruments and excitement, yes, there was excitement, for the final rehearsal of Giacomo Puccini's...
  • Gioachino Rossini
    Philharmonia Baroque presents a program of forethoughts and afterthoughts
    Last night at the SFJAZZ Center, Music Director Nicholas McGegan led his Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in the final program of its 34th season. The selections were structured around the eight visiting artists, seven of whom are currently Adler...
  • Prodigal Opera Productions
    Prodigal Opera Productions will bring its ‘Overture Season’ to ODC Theater
    Prodigal Opera Productions is a new ensemble founded by Artistic Director Elliott James Encarnación, which promises to provide a “unique take on Operatic Theater” for both opera lovers and music lovers (not all of whom tend to...
  • Celebrity Series of Boston presents acclaimed tenor Joseph Calleja
    Acclaimed tenor Joseph Calleja talks latest album and Boston concert April 17
    Malta-born, internationally-renowned tenor Joseph Calleja has seen the world, performing in powerful operas such as ‘Madame Butterfly’ and ‘La Boheme’ in concert halls and music festivals from the Metropolitan Opera House...
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
    Delos releases a full-length recording of Verdi’s most fascinating opera
    Tomorrow Delos will release a full-length studio recording of what can probably be called Giuseppe Verdi’s most cerebral opera, Simon Boccanegra. (Amazon.com is still taking pre-orders for those who want to get their copy as fast as possible...
  • Terence Blanchard
    SFJAZZ announces first opera production
    Here is the lowdown.San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle and SFJAZZ have announced their first collaboration: a new, fully staged production of “Champion: An Opera in Jazz” by Terence Blanchard, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, with...
  • Music Academy of the West
    Music Academy of the West announces schedule for 2015 festival
    The 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 performance at the historic Santa Barbara Bowl of the New York Philharmonic...
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