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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 * 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 Herlitzius has withdrawn for health reasons.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
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* Notes * Island City Opera just finished a run of the obscure operas by Rimsky-Korsakov at the Elks Lodge in Alameda yesterday. The performance was one of the best I've heard from them, not in small part because of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas celebrate the birth centennial of Leonard Bernstein with a delightful rendering of his Candide that opened last night. The concert version was animated and very funny with fine playing and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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September 22- October 14 2018: Don Carlo October 20–November 11 2018: Satyagraha October 27–31, 2018: Joby Talbot's Vampyr November 17–December 15 2018: Hansel and Gretel November 29–December 2 2018: Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkin’s Prism February 22-23 2019: David Lang’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
I'm happy to hear Rusalka and Roberto Devereux for the first time and glad of getting productions of Arabella and Orlando, since I don't know those two very well. With you on Tosca and Carmen, I believe I've seen a Zambello production of the latter in London years ago, and you are absolutely right.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2018 on SF Opera's 2018-2019 Season at The Opera Tattler
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September 7–30 2018: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci September 8–27 2018: Roberto Devereux October 3–30 2018: Tosca October 16–November 3 2018: Arabella November 17–December 9 2018: It's a Wonderful Life June 5-29 2019: Carmen June 9-27 2019: Orlando June 16-28 2019:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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August 11-25 2018: Porgy and Bess October 13-27 2018: The Turn of the Screw January 12-26 2019: Il trovatore February 23- March 9 2019: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs May 4-18 2019: Carmen Seattle Opera announced the 2018-2019 season today.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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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