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  ...

Simon Boccanegra- culturevulture.net – review

By Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Revised by Arrigo Boito San Francisco Opera September 5-27 Donald Runnicles, Conductor Directed by David Edwards http://www.sfopera.com/ “Simon Boccanegra” got a bad rap from the very beginning. The first version, which premiered  ...

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Nikolay Didenko as Colline, Garrett Sorenson as Rodolfo and Joshua Hopkins as Marcello. Photo: Andrew Cloud. Remember when poverty was romantic? La bohème, the ultimate homage to a risky but free-wheeling lifestyle, came out in top  ...

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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 http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/ “A rose is  ...

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  ...

Little Women

by Mark Adamo Summer Opera Theatre Company of Washington, DC June 16, 20, and 24, 2007 website Since it’s 1998 premiere by the Houston Grand Opera, Mark Adamo’s first opera Little Women has remarkably joined the  ...

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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  ...