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  ...

Tosca, SF Opera

Melody Moore (above) stepped into the title role of San Francisco Opera's "Tosca" on opening night when Angela Gheorghiu became indisposed after Act I.Photo by Kristen Loken/San Francisco Opera ‘Tosca’ (with Moore to the Rescue) By Giacomo PucciniLibretto by  ...

Die Fledermaus, San Jose

Rebecca Krouner (left) as Prince Orlofsky and Elisabeth Russ as Adele in "Die Fledermaus"Photo by Pat Kirk ‘Die Fledermaus’ By Johann StraussLibretto by Carl Haffner and Richard GeneConducted by David RohrbaughDirected by Marc JacobsOpera San Jose, California Theatre,  ...

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  ...