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  ...

Xerxes, SF Opera

'Xerxes' Opera in three acts by George Frideric HandelOriginal production by Nicholas HytnerRevival directed by Michael WallingConducted by Patrick SummersSan Francisco Opera (company premiere), War Memorial Opera HouseOct. 30-Nov. 19, 2011 Though the Bay Area’s ovation-prone operagoers once  ...

Carmen, SF Opera

The ensemble in Act II of San Francisco Opera's "Carmen"Photos by Cory Weaver ‘Carmen’ By Georges BizetText by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic HalevyBased on a novella by Prosper MériméeConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Jose Maria CondemiSan Francisco Opera, War  ...

Roméo et Juliette, LA Opera

'Roméo et Juliette' Opera in five acts by Charles GounodLibretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré (based on Shakespeare's tragedy)Directed by Ian JudgeConducted by Plácido DomingoStarring Vittorio Grigolo and Nino MachaidzeLA Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los AngelesThrough Nov.  ...

Don Giovanni, SF Opera

'Don Giovanni' Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLibretto by Lorenzo da PonteConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Gabriele LaviaStarring Lucas Meachem, Ellie Dehn, Serena Farnocchia, Marco Vinco, Kate Lindsey, Shawn Mathey, Ryan KusterSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial  ...

Anna Bolena, NY

Anna Netrebko (right, clasping hands with Tamara Mumford) in the title role of the Met's "Anna Bolena"Photo by Brigitte Lacombe/Met Opera ‘Anna Bolena’ Opera in two acts by Gaetano DonizettiConducted by Marco ArmiliatoDirected by David McVicarStarring Anna Netrebko (replaced  ...