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  ...

Lucrezia Borgia, SF Opera

‘Lucrezia Borgia’ By Gaetano DonizettiLibretto by Felice Romani (after a play by Victor Hugo)San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseConducted by Riccardo FrizzaDesigned and directed by John PascoeSept. 23-Oct. 11, 2011 Donizetti’s portrait of one of history’s most  ...

Eugene Onegin, LA Opera

'Eugene Onegin' By Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyConducted by James ConlonDirected by Francesca GilpinWith Oksana Dyka, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Vsevolod Grivnov, Dalibor Jenis, Ronnita Nicole Miller, and James CreswellLos Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough Oct. 9, 2011 It is hard not  ...