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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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Agreed. It is as if they got carried away with the lesson and didn't turn out an engaging piece.
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I would say the fault is both with Adams and Sellars. The second half is better but you were probably wise to leave, one only has so much time!
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I had the same experience for the 3rd performance. I felt very bad for my opera companion, since I try to shield him from the boring stuff.
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After a second try, I have to say, it was not my favorite. Agree with you on Elektra and will hear Turandot with Stemme and Crocetto next week!
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Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog Reviews of San Francisco Opera's Girls of the Golden West (Lorena Feijóo as Lola Montez pictured, photograph by Stefan Cohen) are not overwhelmingly positive but not without its proponents. Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
It is reassuring to hear I'm not the only one who didn't like this libretto, but hopefully I'll be able to concentrate more on the music next time and get more out of it.
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* Notes * Last night's world premiere of John Adams' Girls of the Golden West (Act I Scene 1 pictured, photograph by Stefan Cohen) at San Francisco Opera had some gorgeous singing and playing. But neither the music nor the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * La Rondine, that funny little Puccini rarity, opened last weekend in a charming production (Act II pictured, photograph by Pat Kirk) at Opera San José. The youthful cast looked perfectly suited for the piece and the playing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The West Coast premiere of William Kentridge's multimedia extravaganza Refuse the Hour (ovation at Saturday's evening performance pictured) was presented at ACT last weekend before heading south to Los Angeles. The frenetic piece is the companion of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * This year a second obscure French Baroque opera was seen at Cal Performances last Thursday, this time from Les Arts Florissants (pictured). Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Actéon, only rediscovered in 1945, is the first half of a show being... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog Reviews for San Francisco Opera's Manon (Act II, Scene 1 pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver) are trickling in. Performance Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle | The Rehearsal Studio | San Francisco Examiner | San... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The latest Manon at San Francisco Opera is visually striking and has some fine singing and playing. The opera hasn't been seen on the War Memorial stage since 1998, and Vincent Boussard's direction is a welcome departure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * LA Opera just did a short but sweet run of Philip Glass' La Belle et la Bête with the Jean Cocteau film at the ACE Hotel Theatre. It is hard to imagine a cooler venue for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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Slavyanka Russian Chorus, an a cappella chorus based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is presenting a festival of Russian choral music starting next Sunday in Berkeley. The festival highlights Russian music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera's recent La Traviata is very pretty both in the orchestra pit and on stage. This is Maestro Luisotti's last series of performances as music director, and the orchestra sounded spirited during the Sunday matinée... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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SF Opera Lab is back with another pop-up (previous event pictured left, photograph by Kristen Loken) next Thursday at the dance club Mezzanine in San Francisco. The theme is electronic dance music (EDM) and opera, and will feature Adler Fellows... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
They divert your attention with the girls walking down the stairs and across the stage, but Klytemnestra gets in the box behind the display and someone quickly pulls the dress off the mannequin. It is very artful even when you are watching it!
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2017 on SF Opera's Elektra Review at The Opera Tattler
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Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog Sounds like the reviews are mixed for San Francisco Opera's La Traviata (Act II, Scene 2 pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver). Interesting, since it's the only offering this October at the War... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Despite glowing reviews, I was apprehensive about hearing San Francisco Opera latest Elektra yesterday afternoon because I have never much liked the music of Richard Strauss. My doubts were dispelled almost at once, this stylish production has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog Reviews of San Francisco Opera's Elektra (Pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) are very positive. Performance Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco Examiner | San Francisco Classical Voice | San Francisco Examiner... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog Reviews of San Francisco Opera's Turandot (Martina Serafin in the title role pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) have not make me reconsider my decision to skip the opening, but the reviews of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Ars Minerva gave the modern premiere of Pietro Andrea Ziani's La Circe last night at ODC Theater. It is almost alarming how pretty all the unknown music the group has uncovered is, this being the third Baroque... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
I will be there with Herr Feldheim. Look forward to seeing you!
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For the first time in more than a decade, I am going to skip to San Francisco Opera's opening weekend, as Ars Minerva presents the modern premiere of La Circe, an obscure Baroque opera this Friday and Saturday. I, of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
Forgive me, but I'm not exactly sure how "mostly competent" or "pick up" are insults. I would love to be "mostly competent" at anything. As you are the concertmaster of SFCO Orchestra, I'm going to guess you have a very different perspective on the playing, and that sounds a particular way from within than without. The focus of Merola is not the orchestra, since it is a young artists program for singers, coaches, and directors, yes? I didn't write much about the orchestra because this "review" was hurriedly written as my colicky 11-week old infant napped for an hour. With Rossini, it is very easy to hear when the musicians are not together or not in tune, you hardly need to be a professional to be able to tell, you only have to pay attention. I don't see how meeting with a committee would help with this. Also, my identity is not a secret, so I'm confused by your comment about expressing my opinion. http://operatattler.typepad.com/opera/biography.html https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlise-tiee-8413258/
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2017 on Merola's La Cenerentola at The Opera Tattler
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