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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

Aida Berkeley

Aida Opera by Giuseppe Verdi Berkeley Opera July 25, 27 and 29, 2007 http://www.berkeleyopera.org/ The Baths of Caracalla it ain’t and that’s for sure. If the question was “how on earth could Berkeley Opera put on a grand  ...

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  ...

Turandot

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini Opera Ireland Dublin: Gaiety Theatre November 14-18, 2007 Conductor: Bruno Dl Bon Dirctor: Dieter Kaegi Set & Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan Turandot: Stefania Spaggiari Timur: Brian Jauhlainen website Pity poor Franco Alfano. Alfano  ...

culturevulture.net – review

By Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Based on works of John Luther Long and David Belasco San Francisco Opera December 1-8, 2007 Conductor Donald Runnicles Directed by Kathleen Belcher Production conceived by Ron Daniels Designed by  ...

La Rondine

By Giacomo Puccini San Francisco Opera November 7-29, 2007 Conductor: Ion Marin Production: Nicolas Joël Director: Stephen Barlow* Set Designer: Ezio Frigerio Costume Designer: Franca Squarciapino* Original Lighting Design: Vinicio Cheli* Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler Magda de Civry: Angela Gheorghiu  ...

Appomattox – review

Appomattox Opera by Philip Glass Libretto by Christopher Hampton San Francisco Opera October 5-24 http://www.sfopera.com/opera.asp?o=252 It is generally conceded that the Civil War was the defining event in this country’s short but eventful history, its bloody legacy reaching even  ...