Carmen, LA Opera

 Patricia Bardon and Brandon Jovanovich in LA Opera's "Carmen"Photo by Robert Millard Music by Georges BizetLibretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic HalévyDirected by Trevore RossConducted by Placido DomingoWith Patricia Bardon, Brandon Jovanovich, Pretty Yende, Ildebrando D’ArcangeloLA Opera, Dorothy Chandler  ...

Dolores Claiborne, SF Opera

Watching the new opera “Dolores Claiborne” is a little bit like going to a good movie. Like one of those Hitchcock films with a really fine score by Bernard Herrmann that underlines the action without being particularly notable  ...

Mephistopheles

Arrigo Boito’s “Mefistofele” one of the great operas? The Devil you say! The classic dichotomy of its subject, good and evil, angels and demons, is almost embodied in this opera, which has some lovely and lyrical music and much that  ...

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, SF Opera

‘The Gospel of Mary Magdalene’ Music and libretto by Mark AdamoDirected by Kevin NewburyConducted by Michael ChristieSan Francisco Opera (world premiere)June 19-July 7, 2013 The good news is: Mark Adamo’s music is, if not notable,  ...

The Tales of Hoffmann, SF Opera

‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ By Jacques OffenbachLibretto by Jules Barbier and Michel CarréDirected by Laurent PellyConducted by Patrick FournillierSan Francisco OperaJune 5-July 6, 2013 The course of true love never did run smooth and, in the case of  ...

Trouble in Tahiti, Hand of Bridge, SF

‘Trouble in Tahiti’ Music and text by Leonard Bernstein ‘Hand of Bridge’ Music by Samuel Barber, text by Gian Carlo MenottiOpera ParallèleConducted by Nicole PaiementConceived and directed by Brian StaufenbielApril 26-28, 2013 Don Draper would have  ...

Cinderella, LA Opera

‘Cinderella’ (La Cenerentola) By Gioachino RossiniWith Ketevan Kemoklidze, Rene Barbera, Ronnita Nicole Miller, Stacey Tappan, Alessandro Corbelli, Vito Priante, Nicola UlivieriDirected by Joan FontConducted by James ConlonLos Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough April 13, 2013 Thank  ...

Flying Dutchman, LA Opera

Tomas Tomasson in the title role of LA Opera's "The Flying Dutchman"Photo by Robert Millard'The Flying Dutchman' By Richard WagnerConducted by James ConlonDirected by Daniel DoonerWith Tomas Tomasson, Julia Makerov, Corey Bix, James Creswell, Matthew Plenk, and Ronnita Nicole  ...

Ainadamar, San Francisco

From left, Lisa Chavez, La Tania, and Marnie Breckenridge in 'Ainadamar'Photo by Steve Di Bartolome ‘Ainadamar’ By Osvaldo GolijovLibretto by Henry David HwangConducted by Nicole PaiementDirected by Brian StaufenbielOpera Parallèle, San FranciscoFeb. 15-17, 2013 Ainadamar means “fountain of tears”  ...

Madame Butterfly, LA Opera

‘Madame Butterfly’ Opera in two acts by Giacomo PucciniLibretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe GiacosaWith Oksana Dyka, Brandon Jovanovich, Milena Kitic and Eric OwensConducted by Grant GershonDirected by Ron DanielsLos Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough Dec. 9, 2012  ...