Michael Wade SimpsonSanta Fe,
Voices of a Summer Night
Santa Fe Opera, in repertory through Aug. 25, 2012:"Arabella" by Richard Strauss"King Roger" by Karol Szymanowski"Maometto II" by Giaochino Rossini"The Pearl Fishers" by Georges Bizet"Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini
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'Nixon in China'
Opera in three actsBy John AdamsLibretto by Alice GoodmanConducted by Lawrence RenesDirected by Michael CavanaghChorus directed by Ian RobertsonSan Francisco Opera (company premiere)War Memorial Opera House, San FranciscoJune 8 – July 3, 2012
“Nixon in ...
Music by Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Temistocle Solera and Francesco Maria PiaveDirected by Gabriele LaviaConducted by Nicola LuisottiSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseJune 12-July 1, 2012
In many ways Verdi’s “Attila” is your stereotypical opera: complicated plot, ...
By Benjamin BrittenConducted by James ConlonDirected by Paul CurranLA OperaDorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los AngelesFeb. 25-March 17, 2012
In "Albert Herring" Benjamin Britten wraps serious music in a cloak of comic froth. The time is 1947. Britain ...
By Giuseppe VerdiDirected by Elijah MoshinskyConducted by James ConlonWith Plácido DomingoLA Opera, Music Center, Los AngelesThrough March 4, 2012
If you are not an opera aficionado, “Simon Boccanegra” is unlikely to be the first title that ...
Susannah Biller and Marco Panuccio in "The Great Gatsby"Photo by Rapt Productions
'The Great Gatsby'
Opera by John HarbisonAfter the novel by F. Scott FitzgeraldRe-orchestrated by Jacques DesjardinsConducted by Nicole PaiementDesigned and directed by Brian StaufenbielPresented by Ensemble ParallèleYerba ...
'Les Contes d’Hoffmann'
Opera in three acts with a prologue and epilogue by Jacques OffenbachLibretto by Jules BarbierEdited by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe KeckDirected by David GatelyConducted by Christopher MacatsorisAcademy of Vocal Arts, PhiladelphiaNov. 12-22, 2011
Clocking in ...
Opera in three acts by George Frideric HandelOriginal production by Nicholas HytnerRevival directed by Michael WallingConducted by Patrick SummersSan Francisco Opera (company premiere), War Memorial Opera HouseOct. 30-Nov. 19, 2011
Though the Bay Area’s ovation-prone operagoers once ...
The ensemble in Act II of San Francisco Opera's "Carmen"Photos by Cory Weaver
By Georges BizetText by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic HalevyBased on a novella by Prosper MériméeConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Jose Maria CondemiSan Francisco Opera, War ...
'Roméo et Juliette'
Opera in five acts by Charles GounodLibretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré (based on Shakespeare's tragedy)Directed by Ian JudgeConducted by Plácido DomingoStarring Vittorio Grigolo and Nino MachaidzeLA Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los AngelesThrough Nov. ...