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The Rake’s Progress By Igor Stravinsky Libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman Directed by Robert Lepage Conducted by Donald Runnicles San Francisco Opera November 23-December 9, 2007 http://www.sfopera.com/opera.asp?o=257 James Norris (Nick Shadow) & Catherine Cook (Mother goose).  ...

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By Benjamin Britten Houston Grand Opera Production Stage Manager: Neil Armfield Conductor: Patrick Summers Daniel Belcher: Billy Budd Andrew Kennedy: Edward Fairfax Vere Phillp Ens: John Claggart April 24, 27, May 2, 4, 9, 2008 http://www.houstongrandopera.org/page.aspx?pageid=12016918 In these dark days  ...

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Bluebeard’s Castle and L’Enfant et les Sortileges One Act Operas by Bela Bartok and Maurice Ravel In Hungarian and French with supertitles Conducted by Jonathan Khuner Berkeley Opera May 3-11, 2008 http://www.berkeleyopera.org/ Sometimes the appetizer tastes ‘way  ...

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by Jake Heggie Houston Grand Opera March, 2008 Frederica von Stade as Madeline, Keith Phares s Charlie, Kristin Clayton as Beatrice Jake Heggie, pianist http://www.houstongrandopera.org/ Frederica von Stade is reason enough to show up at  ...

Romeo and Juliet

Opera in English By Charles Gounod/William Shakespeare Additional lyrics and adaptation by Amanda Moody Berkeley Opera May 5-May 13 website The wonderful thing about small opera companies is that what may be lacking in grandeur often is compensated with  ...

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Nikolay Didenko as Colline, Garrett Sorenson as Rodolfo and Joshua Hopkins as Marcello. Photo: Andrew Cloud. Remember when poverty was romantic? La bohème, the ultimate homage to a risky but free-wheeling lifestyle, came out in top  ...

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Opera in two acts by Rachel Portman Libretto by Nicholas Wright After the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery San Francisco Opera Presented by Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Directed by Francesca Zambello May 1-11, 2008 http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/ “A rose is  ...

La Rondine

By Giacomo Puccini San Francisco Opera November 7-29, 2007 Conductor: Ion Marin Production: Nicolas Joël Director: Stephen Barlow* Set Designer: Ezio Frigerio Costume Designer: Franca Squarciapino* Original Lighting Design: Vinicio Cheli* Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler Magda de Civry: Angela Gheorghiu  ...

Little Women

by Mark Adamo Summer Opera Theatre Company of Washington, DC June 16, 20, and 24, 2007 website Since it’s 1998 premiere by the Houston Grand Opera, Mark Adamo’s first opera Little Women has remarkably joined the  ...

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San Francisco Opera September 7-28, 2007 Samson: Clifton Forbis (SF Opera Debut) Delilah: Olga Borodina Opera in three acts by Camille Saint-Saens Text by Ferdinand Lemaire Sung in French with English supertitles. http://www.sfopera.com/ Samson and Delilah has some strikes against  ...