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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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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. Performance Reviews: San Francisco... 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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* Notes * West Edge Opera has found a new home at Pacific Pipe, an abandoned warehouse in Oakland this year, after the City of Oakland denied permits public events at the 16th Street Station, where the company performed the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The second set of opera performances from the Merola Opera Program this year was Rossini's La Cenerentola at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on August 3 and 5. The sugary sweet staging from Chuck Hudson showcased... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The Merola Opera Program presented a triple bill of Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona, Holst's Sāvitri, and Walton's The Bear at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on July 20 and 22. It came off as a deadly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog Reviews of San Francisco Opera's Rigoletto (Act I Scene 1 pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) praise Quinn Kelsey in the title role. Performance Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco Examiner |... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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Bass-baritone Erwin Schrott (pictured left) and bass Erik Anstine will share the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni at San Francisco Opera this summer. Both artists are making their debuts with the company and are stepping in for previously scheduled... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Opera and Seattle Opera will both present Mason Bates' opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. The piece has a world premiere this July at Santa Fe Opera. The piece is part of the 2019-20 season at San Francisco... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * It is a shame that Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire at Cal Performances (Prologue pictured left with Aaron Sheehan as Apollo and his muses from New York Baroque Dance Company, photograph by Frank Wing) only has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * My preview of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra's The Temple of Glory up on KQED Arts. The opera, with music by Rameau and libretto by Voltaire, has a modern premiere of original 1745 version this Friday. * Tattling *... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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August 5 2017: Asian Youth Orchestra with Sarah Chang, violin September 21 2017: Gustavo Dudamel and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela September 23-24 2017: Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group; Moses(es) September 30 2017: Lila Downs October 7 2017:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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October 14-22 2017: The Pirates of Penzance November 10-12 2017: Laura Kaminsky's As One January 26-28 2018: Ástor Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires February 24- March 4 2018: Turandot March 17-25 2018: Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas The 2017-2018... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
Thanks for your kind comment!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2017 on Opera Parallèle's Flight at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The Schwabacher Debut Recital Series continued yesterday with an unusual twist: Adler Fellow Aria Umezawa directed a narrative for mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier and bass Anthony Reed entitled The Woods: A Rom-Com Recital. Set in a bar called... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
It seems to me that musicals are all the absurd things that opera is, without the transcendent part. I guess I just see opera as music rather than theater, and I'm not that fond of the music in most (or maybe any) musicals.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2017 on Hamilton in SF at The Opera Tattler
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