Lucrezia Borgia, SF Opera

‘Lucrezia Borgia’ By Gaetano DonizettiLibretto by Felice Romani (after a play by Victor Hugo)San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseConducted by Riccardo FrizzaDesigned and directed by John PascoeSept. 23-Oct. 11, 2011 Donizetti’s portrait of one of history’s most  ...

Turandot, SF Opera

‘Turandot’ By Giacomo Puccini (with additional music by Franco Alfano)Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato SimoniDesigned by David HockneyDirected by Garnett BruceConducted by Nicola LuisottiSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseSept. 9-Oct. 4, 2011 Opera has its share  ...

Heart of a Soldier, SF Opera

‘Heart of a Soldier’ Opera in two acts (world premiere)Music by Christopher TheofanidisLibretto by Donna Di Novelli (based on the book by James B. Stewart)Directed by Francesca ZambelloConducted by Patrick SummersSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseSept. 10-30,  ...

A Delicate Balance, Berkeley

Ken Grantham and Jamie Jones in Aurora Theatre's "A Delicate Balance"Photo by David Allen 'A Delicate Balance' By Edward AlbeeDirected by Tom RossAurora TheatreSept. 2-Oct. 16, 2011 There are no mountains or chasms in Agnes’ staid suburban  ...

Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, Berkeley

Rita Moreno in a scene from her show at Berkeley RepPhoto courtesy of kevinberne.com 'Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup' Written by Tony TacconeDeveloped by Rita Moreno and Tony TacconeStaged and directed by David GalliganBerkeley Repertory TheatreSept. 2-Oct. 30, 2011  ...

Candida, Cal Shakes

Nick Gabriel and Alexandra Henrikson in California Shakespeare Theater's 'Candida'Photo by Kevin Berne 'Candida' By George Bernard ShawDirected by Jonathan MosconeCalifornia Shakespeare Theater (CalShakes)Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda, Calif.Aug. 10-Sept. 4, 2011(See video short below.) When I die I want  ...

Let Me Down Easy, Berkeley

Anna Deveare Smith as one of many characters she portraysin "Let Me Down Easy"Photo by Joan Marcus 'Let Me Down Easy' Conceived, written and performed by Anna Deveare SmithDirected by Leonard FogliaBerkeley Repertory Theatre (see video clip below)In association  ...

The Barber of Seville, SF

Renée Rapier and Daniel Curran in the Merola production of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"Photo by Kristen Loken 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' (The Barber of Seville) By Gioachino RossiniLibretto by Cesare SterbiniDirected by Roy RalloConducted by Mark MorashMerola Opera ProgramHerbst  ...

H.M.S. Pinafore, SF

Lindsay Thompson Roush and F. Lawrence Ewing in the Lamplighters' "H.M.S. Pinafore"Photo by David Allen, 2011 ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ By William S. Gilbert and Arthur SullivanDirected by Jane Erwin HammettConducted by Brett StraderLamplighters Music TheatreVarious venues in Walnut Creek, Yountville,  ...

The Verona Project, California Shakespeare Theater

Dan Clegg and Arwen Anderson in "The Verona Project"Photo by Kevin Berne World Premiere: 'The Verona Project' Written, composed and directed by Amanda Dehnert(Inspired, in part, by Shakespeare's “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”)California Shakespeare Theater (CalShakes), Orinda, Calif.July 6-31,  ...