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  ...

Così Fan Tutte, LA Opera

'Così Fan Tutte' Music by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLibretto by Lorenzo da PonteConducted by James ConlonDirected by Ashley DeanWith Saimir Pirgu, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Lorenzo Regazzo, Aleksandra Kurzak, Ruxandra Donose, Roxana ConstantinescuLos Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough Oct. 8, 2011  ...

Turandot, SF Opera

‘Turandot’ By Giacomo Puccini (with additional music by Franco Alfano)Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato SimoniDesigned by David HockneyDirected by Garnett BruceConducted by Nicola LuisottiSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseSept. 9-Oct. 4, 2011 Opera has its share  ...

Heart of a Soldier, SF Opera

‘Heart of a Soldier’ Opera in two acts (world premiere)Music by Christopher TheofanidisLibretto by Donna Di Novelli (based on the book by James B. Stewart)Directed by Francesca ZambelloConducted by Patrick SummersSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseSept. 10-30,  ...