Il Trovatore, SF

Il TrovatoreBy Giuseppe VerdiText by Salvadore CammaranoConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by David McVicarSan Francisco OperaSept. 11, 16, 19, 22, 25; Oct. 1, 4, 6, 2009www.sfopera.comDmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Leonora)photo by Cory WeaverSomeone once said that  ...

The Gonzalez Cantata

The Gonzales CantataLive Arts-  Philly FringeSept. 4, 2009The Rotunda, Philadelphiawww.gonzalescantata.com Even though the Rotunda in West Philly was only a quarter filled for the premiere of composer Melissa Dunphy’s new choral work ‘The Gonzales Cantata‘ there was an undeniable  ...

The Letter

The Letter, a world premiereMusic: Paul MoravecLibretto Terry Teachout (after the play by W. Somerset Maugham)Conductor: Patrick SummersDirector: Jonathan KentJuly 24, 2009Santa Fe Operahttp://www.santafeopera.org/Patricia Racette as Leslie Crosbie. Photo by Ken HowardThere’s nothing new about operas based on works  ...

La Traviata, Santa Fe

La TraviataBy Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Francesco Maria PiaveAfter a book by Alexandre Dumas filsSanta Fe OperaIn repertory through August 29, 2009http://www.santafeopera.org/Natalie Dessay (Violetta). Photo: Ken Howard.There is only one word for Natalie Dessay’s performance in Santa Fe Opera’s “La  ...

The Elixir of Love

The Elixir of Love By Gaetano DonizettiLibretto by Felice RomaniDirected by Stephen LawlessConducted by Corrado RovarisSanta Fe OperaThrough August 28http://www.santafeopera.org/Dimitri Pittas (Nemorino) & chorus. Photo: Ken Howard.Summer blahs got you down? Have I got a cure for you! Not  ...

Don Giovanni, Santa Fe

Don GiovanniBy Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLibretto by Lorenzo da PonteConducted by Lawrence RenesSanta Fe OperaIn repertory through August 27, 2009http://www.santafeopera.org/Lucas Meachem (DonGiovanni). Photo: Ken Howard.Ah, Don Giovanni, perhaps the greatest lover of legend, seducer of thousands, portrayed by everybody from  ...

Agrippina – George Frideric Handel

Agrippina - George Frideric HandelAgrippina was only Handel’s third full-length opera. Composed for the sophisticated opera audience of Venice at the end of Handel’s five years’ stay in Italy, it is clear that his talent has matured from his  ...

Die Tote Stadt- culturevulture.net – review

By Erich Wolfgang Korngold Libretto by Paul Schott (aka Julius and Erich Korngold) After Georges Rodenbach’s “Bruges-la-Morte” San Francisco Opera September 23-October 12, 2008 Conducted by Donald Runnicles Directed by Meisje Hummel http://www.sfopera.com/ In the dead city there are ghosts  ...

Bonesetter’s Daughter- culturevulture.net – review

Opera by Stewart Wallace and Amy Tan San Francisco Opera September 13-October 3, 2008 Conducted by Steven Sloane Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng http://www.sfopera.com/ When you talk about opera, spectacle may immediately come to mind. Royalty, whether Russian, Italian, Spanish  ...