Lohengrin, SF Opera

‘Lohengrin’ By Richard WagnerConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Daniel SlaterSan Francisco OperaOct. 20-Nov. 9, 2012 What’s in a name? Plenty, especially if your name happens to be Rumpelstiltskin or Calaf, the Unknown Prince of Puccini’s “Turandot” or the  ...

Einstein on the Beach, Berkeley

‘Einstein on the Beach’ Music and lyrics by Philip GlassDirection, set and light design by Robert WilsonChoreography by Lucinda ChildsCal Performances, Berkeley (world tour)Oct. 26-28, 2012 To attempt to describe “Einstein on the Beach,” the groundbreaking 1976 stage  ...

Moby Dick, SF Opera

‘Moby-Dick’ Opera in two actsBy Jake HeggieLibretto by Gene Scheer, after the Herman Melville novelSan Francisco OperaConducted by Patrick SummersDirected by Leonard FogliaOct. 10-Nov. 2, 2012 It always was a whale of a tale, whether on the page,  ...

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  ...