The Two Foscari, LA Opera

‘The Two Foscari’ By Giuseppe VerdiWith Placido Domingo, Marina Poplavskaya, and Francesco MeliDirected by Thaddeus StassbergerConducted by James ConlonLA Opera, Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough Oct. 9, 2012 LA Opera opens its 25th season with Verdi’s rarely heard early work,  ...

Rigoletto, SF Opera

Željko Lučić in the title role of San Francisco Opera's "Rigoletto"Photo by Cory Weaver ‘Rigoletto’ Opera in three acts by Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Francesco Maria PiaveAfter a play by Victor HugoConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Harry SilversteinSan Francisco Opera,  ...

The Pearl Fishers, San Jose

James Callon (left) as Nadir and Zachary Altman as Zurga in Opera San José’s "The Pearl Fishers"Photo by Pat Kirk ‘The Pearl Fishers’ Opera in three actsBy Georges BizetLibretto by Michel Carré and Eugène CormonConducted by Anthony QuartuccioDirected by  ...

Nixon in China, SF Opera

'Nixon in China' Opera in three actsBy John AdamsLibretto by Alice GoodmanConducted by Lawrence RenesDirected by Michael CavanaghChorus directed by Ian RobertsonSan Francisco Opera (company premiere)War Memorial Opera House, San FranciscoJune 8 – July 3, 2012 “Nixon in  ...

Attila, SF Opera

‘Attila’ Music by Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Temistocle Solera and Francesco Maria PiaveDirected by Gabriele LaviaConducted by Nicola LuisottiSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseJune 12-July 1, 2012 In many ways Verdi’s “Attila” is your stereotypical opera: complicated plot,  ...

Albert Herring, LA Opera

‘Albert Herring’ By Benjamin BrittenConducted by James ConlonDirected by Paul CurranLA OperaDorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los AngelesFeb. 25-March 17, 2012 In "Albert Herring" Benjamin Britten wraps serious music in a cloak of comic froth. The time is 1947. Britain  ...

Simon Boccanegra, LA Opera

‘Simon Boccanegra’ By Giuseppe VerdiDirected by Elijah MoshinskyConducted by James ConlonWith Plácido DomingoLA Opera, Music Center, Los AngelesThrough March 4, 2012 If you are not an opera aficionado, “Simon Boccanegra” is unlikely to be the first title that  ...

The Great Gatsby, SF

Susannah Biller and Marco Panuccio in "The Great Gatsby"Photo by Rapt Productions 'The Great Gatsby' Opera by John HarbisonAfter the novel by F. Scott FitzgeraldRe-orchestrated by Jacques DesjardinsConducted by Nicole PaiementDesigned and directed by Brian StaufenbielPresented by Ensemble ParallèleYerba  ...

Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Philadelphia

'Les Contes d’Hoffmann' Opera in three acts with a prologue and epilogue by Jacques OffenbachLibretto by Jules BarbierEdited by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe KeckDirected by David GatelyConducted by Christopher MacatsorisAcademy of Vocal Arts, PhiladelphiaNov. 12-22, 2011 Clocking in  ...