Die Tote Stadt- culturevulture.net – review

By Erich Wolfgang Korngold Libretto by Paul Schott (aka Julius and Erich Korngold) After Georges Rodenbach’s “Bruges-la-Morte” San Francisco Opera September 23-October 12, 2008 Conducted by Donald Runnicles Directed by Meisje Hummel http://www.sfopera.com/ In the dead city there are ghosts  ...

Bonesetter’s Daughter- culturevulture.net – review

Opera by Stewart Wallace and Amy Tan San Francisco Opera September 13-October 3, 2008 Conducted by Steven Sloane Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng http://www.sfopera.com/ When you talk about opera, spectacle may immediately come to mind. Royalty, whether Russian, Italian, Spanish  ...

Simon Boccanegra- culturevulture.net – review

By Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Revised by Arrigo Boito San Francisco Opera September 5-27 Donald Runnicles, Conductor Directed by David Edwards http://www.sfopera.com/ “Simon Boccanegra” got a bad rap from the very beginning. The first version, which premiered  ...

culturevulture.net – review

The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera Ireland The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Conductor: Jari Hamalainen Directed by Marc Adam (re-staged by Pascale-Sabine Chevroton) Featuring: François Lis (Figaro), Maria Carola (Susanna), Anna Agathonos (Cherubino), Paul Armin Edelmann  ...

Tannhäuser

By Richard Wagner Conducted by Donald Runnicles Directed by Graham Vick San Francisco Opera September 18-October 12, 2007 Tannhäuser: Peter Seiffert Elisabeth: Petra Maria Schnitzer Venus: Petra Lang http://www.sfopera.com/opera.asp?o=251 Petra Maria Schnitzer (Elizabeth). Photo by Terrence McCarthy. If  ...

Aida Berkeley

Aida Opera by Giuseppe Verdi Berkeley Opera July 25, 27 and 29, 2007 http://www.berkeleyopera.org/ The Baths of Caracalla it ain’t and that’s for sure. If the question was “how on earth could Berkeley Opera put on a grand  ...

The Cunning Little Vixon

By Leos Janácek Houston Grand Opera Wortham Center Houston, TX May 4-12, 2007 Produced by Chas Rader-Shieber Lisa Saffer: Vixen Sharp-Ears Hector Vásquez: Forester Sung in English with English surtitles http://www.houstongrandopera.org Furry things are in the air in Houston right  ...