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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
Recent Activity
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* Notes * Yesterday SF Opera Lab opened a second season with Ted Hearne's disturbing oratorio The Source. The 2012 piece concerns Chelsea Manning's disclosure to WikiLeaks of classified material about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unconventionally staged with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Last weekend San Francisco Symphony continued celebrations for John Adams' 70th birthday with The Gospel According to the Other Mary. The oratorio was tastefully semi-staged (Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Nathan Medley, Jay Hunter Morris, Kelley O'Connor, and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Opera Tattler
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September 25- December 16 2017: Norma September 26- October 28 2017: Les Contes d’Hoffmann September 27- October 14 2017: Die Zauberflöte October 2 2017- March 10 2018: La Bohème October 12 2017- April 5 2018: Turandot October 26- November 21... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell is a fine choice for Opera San José, which gave the West Coast premiere last night. It was a worthy challenge for the company, which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Opera Parallèle has opened another near impeccable production with Jonathan Dove's Flight, which has a three performance run this weekend at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Featuring an ensemble of 10 vocalists, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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June 11 2017: Merola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala & Concert July 6-9 2017: Schwabacher Summer Concert July 20-22 2017: La Serva Padrona/ Savitri/ The Bear August 3-5 2017: La Cenerentola August 19 2017: Merola Grand Finale The Merola Opera... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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September 23- October 15 2017: Orphee et Eurydice October 7- November 3 2017: Rigoletto November 1-30 2017: Die Walküre November 19- December 10 2017: The Pearl Fishers December 5 2017- January 27 2018: Turandot February 4-28 2018: I Puritani February... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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October 20- November 5 2017: Samson and Dalila October 27-November 12 2017: La traviata February 9-17 2018: Erich Wolfgang Korngold's The Ring of Polykrates March 9-17 2018: Michel van der Aa's Sunken Garden April 13-29 2018: Don Giovanni The Dallas... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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September 9-23 2017: Carmen October 7-28 2017: The Pearl Fishers October 14-November 19 2017: Nabucco October 28-31 2017: La Belle et la Bete November 9-12 2017: Keeril Makan's Persona January 27- February 18 2018 Bernstein's Candide March 10-25 2018: Orpheus... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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September 8- December 9 2017: Turandot September 9-27 2017: Elektra September 23- October 17 2017: La Traviata November 4-22 2017: Manon November 21- December 10 2017: Girls of the Golden West June 12-26 2018: Das Rheingold June 13-27 2018: Die... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Last weekend Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony presented Das Klagende Lied with some wonderful vocal soloists (Joélle Harvey and Sasha Cooke pictured left with dancers, photograph by Cory Weaver/San Francisco Symphony) and a somewhat incoherent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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October 5-28 2017: Arabella October 11- November 4 2017: L'elisir d'amore January 20- February 23 2018: Rigoletto February 7-24 2018: Die Entführung aus dem Serail April 13- May 19 2018: The Nightingale and Other Short Fables April 28- May 26... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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August 5-19 2017: Madama Butterfly October 14-28 2017: The Barber of Seville January 13-27 2018: Così fan tutti February 24- March 10 2018: Beatrice & Benedict May 5-19 2018: Aida Seattle Opera announces the 2017-2018 season today. Official Site |... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellows had an especially impressive annual concert at Herbst Theater last Friday. Supported by the talents of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Maestro Jordi Bernacer, the new resident conductor, the singers gave... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Los Angeles Opera's recent Akhnaten, which closed last Sunday with a matinee performance, was nothing short of spectacular. With Philip Glass' hypnotic score, an excellent cast, and a grand production featuring acrobats and a flexible, multi-level set,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at The Opera Tattler
I've only heard Rattle conduct at the opera before, so I don't know. But I suspect he was instructing us not to applaud, even though it was in the program too.
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I'm really glad to have caught the one performance!
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* Notes * The day before Thanksgiving last week I went to hear Maestro Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic play a second performance at Davies Hall on their current tour. The concerts mark Rattle's farewell as principal conductor as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at The Opera Tattler
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It's A Wonderful Life, a new opera by composer Jake Heggie (pictured left, photograph by Art & Clarity) and librettist Gene Scheer is based on Frank Capra's 1946 film and will have a West Coast premiere at San Francisco Opera... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at The Opera Tattler
Ah, I think I remember the male dancer from last time. Thanks so much for your insights!
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2016 on SF Opera's Madama Butterfly at The Opera Tattler
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It was really great, would definitely try to see this company again.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2016 on Alonzo King's Art Songs at The Opera Tattler
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Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog Reviews of San Francisco Opera's Butterfly (Act I pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) agree on soprano Lianna Haroutounian. Performance Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle | San José Mercury News | San Francisco Classical... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at The Opera Tattler
I was trying to describe kurugo, but that's really interesting that they are ballet dancers. Is that different than last time? The choreography did seem more elaborate than I remembered.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2016 on SF Opera's Madama Butterfly at The Opera Tattler
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I was pleasantly surprised!
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2016 on SF Opera's Madama Butterfly at The Opera Tattler
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I thought the singing was better than the last time we heard this at SF Opera in 2010.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2016 on SF Opera's Aida at The Opera Tattler
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