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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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  ...

Satyagraha

My dear late best friend Danny Cariaga, classical music critic extraordinaire of the Los Angeles Times, once observed that people went to Wagner’s operas when they were new because they had more time. But now, with the onslaught of e-mails,  ...

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Lucia di Lammermoor By Gaetano Donizetti Text by Salvadore Cammarano after Sir Walter Scott Directed by Graham Vick and Marco Gandini San Francisco Opera June 17-July 5 http://www.sfopera.com/ June is the month of brides but the one walking down  ...

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by Jake Heggie Dublin: Gaiety Theatre November 18-24, 2007 Conductor: Bruno Ferrandis Director: Thomas de Mallet Burgess Sister Helen Prejean: Charlotte Hellekant Joseph De Rocher: Marcus De Loach http://www.operaireland.com/oi/publisher/index.jsp On April 5th, 1984, Patrick Sonnier, convicted murderer and rapist, was  ...