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The Opera Tattler
San Francisco
Author of the most popular opera blog on the West Coast.
Interests: mozart, etymology, beethoven, bach, andreas scholl, caravaggio, ewa podleś, händel, neurophysiology, orientalism, rembrandt, ruth ann swenson, subversion, shakespeare, john relyea, san francisco opera, seattle opera, tattling, tolstoy, monteverdi, gluck, william burden, susan graham, bayerische staatsoper
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* Notes * The first of two operas from the Merola Opera Program this summer is the rarity Il Re Pastore at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on July 19 and 21. The lighthearted production directed by Tara Faircloth... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The Schwabacher Summer Concert at SFCM on Thursday kicked off the 2018 Merola Opera Program's season. This is when we get to hear the more unusual voices selected for this opera training program, the ones that didn't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera's first Ring cycle this summer came to a glorious end with Götterdämmerung (Act II pictured left, photo by Cory Weaver) this evening. The singing was strong and the playing exquisite. Maestro Donald Runnicles had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera's current Ring cycle continued with beautifully played Siegfried (Act II pictured left, photo by Cory Weaver) last night. There was also much fine singing. The orchestra seems more settled than in the previous two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The opening of San Francisco Symphony's Boris Godunov was a gratifying way to spend the gap day between San Francisco Opera's Ring performances. The semi-staged production (Scene 2 pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver) from James Darrah is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * As with the previous installment of Der Ring des Nibelungen at San Francisco Opera, Die Walküre (Act I pictured left, photo by Cory Weaver) has beautiful playing from the orchestra and a powerful cast. Donald Runnicles drove... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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SF Opera's Ring Site | Production Web Site Reviews of San Francisco Opera's Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Scene 4 of Das Rheingold pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver) are trickling in. Cycle Reviews: San Francisco Examiner | The Mercury News |... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * An exuberant orchestra and strong cast in Das Rheingold opened a revival of Francesca Zambello's Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Scene 4 pictured, photo by Cory Weaver) last night at San Francisco Opera. It is a joy to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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June is going to be a very opera-heavy month in San Francisco this year, with the return of Der Ring des Nibelungen starting on Tuesday at the War Memorial Opera House. For those intimidated by Wagner's 15-hour epic (or maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Pianist Simone Dinnerstein (pictured left, photograph by Lisa Marie Mazzucco) gave the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass' Piano Concerto No. 3 with New Century Chamber Orchestra last night in Berkeley. The piece is sedate and dreamily... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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Soprano Iréne Theorin (pictured left) replaces Evelyn Herlitzius as Brünnhilde in San Francisco Opera's Der Ring des Nibelungen this summer. Herlitzius has withdrawn for health reasons. This will be Theorin's first complete Ring Cycle in the United States. She was... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Apollo's Fire (pictured left, photograph by Roger Mastroianni), an idiosyncratic Baroque orchestra from Cleveland, is touring Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with a reconstruction of the lost Bacchanale ending, and made a stop at Cal Performances last night. The orchestra,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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September 23 2018: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste September 28-30 2018: Mark Morris Dance Group; Pepperland September 30 2018: Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Bach Suites October 5 2018: Max Richter with the American... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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Sopranos Kendra Berentsen, Portland, Oregon Cheyanne Coss, Eaton Rapids, Michigan Marlen Nahhas, Houston, Texas Brittany Nickell, Coral Springs, Florida Patricia Westley, Santa Barbara, California Meigui Zhang, Chengdu, China Mezzo-Sopranos Megan Grey, Cedar Falls, Iowa Anne Maguire, Washougal, Washington Simone McIntosh,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Choreographer John Neumeier's production of Orphée et Eurydice (final ovation pictured left) opened at Los Angeles Opera last week. Dance companies seem to love this opera by Gluck, and this co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
I was so amused to see him in the program, I hadn't realized he was in the cast until a few minutes before curtain.
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* Notes * A vibrant production of Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas opened at San Diego Opera last night. The sets and singing had much to recommend it, and it was easy to see why this piece has been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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September 5 2018: Open Night Gala with MTT; Itzhak Perlman, violin September 13-16 2018: MTT conducts Castiglioni, Ravel, Copland; Yuja Wang, piano September 21-23 2018: MTT conducts Stravinsky's Perséphone and The Firebird September 27-30 2018: MTT conducts Stravinsky's Petrushka, Violin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * American Bach Soloists finished a run of St. John Passion (1725 version) concerts last weekend, ending with a matinée performance in San Francisco on Sunday. The singing was excellent. Tenor Aaron Sheehan has a bright sound as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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October 20-28 2018: The Marriage of Figaro December 1-9 2018: Hansel and Gretel February 2-10 2019: Rigoletto March 8-10 2019: Three Decembers March 30- April 7 2019: Carmen The 2018-2019 season at San Diego Opera was announced today. 2018-2019 Season... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Opera Parallèle is performing a very charming production of Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti again, this time presented with Jake Heggie's At the Statue of Venus as a single narrative. As an added bonus, we heard some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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September 24 2018- March 28 2018: Samson et Dalila September 25- November 13 2018: La Bohème September 26 2018- March 7 2019: Aida October 4-27 2018: La Fanciulla del West October 25 2018- April 6 2019: Tosca October 19- November... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Opera San José kicked off a new year last weekend with an ambitious production (Act II pictured, photograph by Pat Kirk) of Der fliegende Holländer. The very loud performance on Saturday night was enjoyably and unapologetically grand.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
Nathan Boyle? Maybe it was because I was in the second row, but I really was taken by the performance, though it wasn't satisfying as an opera at all.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2018 on Circa's Il Ritorno at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Following a decades long tradition, Cal Performances presented yet another fascinating hybrid work, this time a combination of contemporary circus arts and Baroque opera last weekend from the Australian troupe Circa. Those expecting to hear Monteverdi's Il... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at The Opera Tattler