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Das Rheingold Opera in one act by Richard Wagner Directed by Francesca Zambello Conducted by Donald Runnicles San Francisco Opera Through June 28 http://www.sfopera.com/ You win some, you lose some. What Francesca Zambello won in her ambitious reworking  ...

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Following the bleak Don Giovanni in the latter-day career of the prodigious Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Così Fan Tutte is, in its own way, equally dark. Under the guise of a comic Opera scored in Mozart’s characteristic, chirpy musical style in  ...

The Cunning Little Vixon

By Leos Janácek Houston Grand Opera Wortham Center Houston, TX May 4-12, 2007 Produced by Chas Rader-Shieber Lisa Saffer: Vixen Sharp-Ears Hector Vásquez: Forester Sung in English with English surtitles http://www.houstongrandopera.org Furry things are in the air in Houston right  ...

La Cenerentola

La Cenerentola Merola Opera Program Cowell Theater San Francisco July 13 and 15, 2007 http://www.sfopera.com/merola.asp Once upon a time there was a poor unloved girl who sat by the fire and stirred the ashes. And she got  ...

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart San Francisco Opera October 13-November 3, 2007 Conductor: Donald Runnicles Director: Stanley M. Garner Tamino: Piotr Beczala Pamina: Dina Kuznetsova Papageno: Christopher maltman The Queen of the Night: Erika Miklósa Sarastro:  ...

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The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera Ireland The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Conductor: Jari Hamalainen Directed by Marc Adam (re-staged by Pascale-Sabine Chevroton) Featuring: François Lis (Figaro), Maria Carola (Susanna), Anna Agathonos (Cherubino), Paul Armin Edelmann  ...

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Bluebeard’s Castle and L’Enfant et les Sortileges One Act Operas by Bela Bartok and Maurice Ravel In Hungarian and French with supertitles Conducted by Jonathan Khuner Berkeley Opera May 3-11, 2008 http://www.berkeleyopera.org/ Sometimes the appetizer tastes ‘way  ...

Chasing Ghosts Book Review

Chasing Ghosts Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier’s Perspective by Paul Reickhoff New American Library, 2006 http://paulrieckhoff.com/home/index.asp Among the throngs of books on the Iraq fiasco, Chasing Ghosts must have the best opening sentence: “George Bush had  ...

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U.S. vs. Them: How a Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined America’s Security By J. Peter Scoblic New York, Penguin Group, 2008 Website Of the recent books dealing with right-wing foreign policy, J. Peter Scoblic’s U.S. vs. Them may  ...