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Lucia di Lammermoor By Gaetano Donizetti Text by Salvadore Cammarano after Sir Walter Scott Directed by Graham Vick and Marco Gandini San Francisco Opera June 17-July 5 June is the month of brides but the one walking down  ... – review

Opera in two acts by Rachel Portman Libretto by Nicholas Wright After the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery San Francisco Opera Presented by Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Directed by Francesca Zambello May 1-11, 2008 “A rose is  ... – review

by Jake Heggie Houston Grand Opera March, 2008 Frederica von Stade as Madeline, Keith Phares s Charlie, Kristin Clayton as Beatrice Jake Heggie, pianist Frederica von Stade is reason enough to show up at  ...

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti Opera Ireland Dublin: RDS Concert Hall 25th May to 2nd June, 2007 Limerick: University Concert Hall, 7th June Conductor: Gianluca Martinenghi Director: Dieter Kaegi Don Pasquale: Marcel Vanaud Norina: Silvia Colombini Ernesto:  ... – review

by Jake Heggie Dublin: Gaiety Theatre November 18-24, 2007 Conductor: Bruno Ferrandis Director: Thomas de Mallet Burgess Sister Helen Prejean: Charlotte Hellekant Joseph De Rocher: Marcus De Loach On April 5th, 1984, Patrick Sonnier, convicted murderer and rapist, was  ... – review

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

Orfeo ed Euridice

Metropolitan Opera, New York City May 2-12, 2007 Directed and choreographed by Mark Morris Sets: Allen Moyer Costumes: Isaac Mizrahi Orfeo: David Daniels Euridice: Maija Kovalevska Amor: Heidi Grant Murphy Conducted by James Levine website The Met’s new production of  ... – review

The Rake’s Progress By Igor Stravinsky Libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman Directed by Robert Lepage Conducted by Donald Runnicles San Francisco Opera November 23-December 9, 2007 James Norris (Nick Shadow) & Catherine Cook (Mother goose).  ...

Romeo and Juliet

Opera in English By Charles Gounod/William Shakespeare Additional lyrics and adaptation by Amanda Moody Berkeley Opera May 5-May 13 website The wonderful thing about small opera companies is that what may be lacking in grandeur often is compensated with  ... – review

As a professional journalist, Lucinda Franks has been trained to uncover even the most closely-held information. That skill has served her well over the years, particularly in the 1970s, when she won a Pulitzer Prize for a newspaper series  ...