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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
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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Your understanding actually makes more sense. Funny!
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You are right, I'm really losing it. As Sir Toby, Oliver Dimsdale was the only person in period costume, and he kept quoting from Hamlet and Macbeth.
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* Notes * Filter Theatre brought a manic 90-minute multi-media version of Twelfth Night to Cal Performances last night as part of a tour of the state. Directed by Sean Holmes, Shakespeare's comedy — already chock full of love triangles,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The first U.S. tour of Hamilton started in San Francisco on March 10 and already looks like a huge success. There are only two more previews before the show official opens this Thursday but it very much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Opera is having its first pop-up (pictured left, photograph by Kristen Loken/San Francisco Opera) in the East Bay at the Uptown Nightclub in Oakland. Entitled "Hands-on Opera," there will be lots of audience interaction at this event on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Last night the arresting soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci (pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera) gave the first of three performances of songs by Berlioz, Debussy, and Poulenc paired with a piano version La Voix Humane... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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September 14 2017: MTT conducts Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Ravel; Yo-Yo Ma, cello September 22-24 2017: MTT conducts Bernstein October 6-8 2017: Krzysztof Urbański conducts Penderecki October 13-15 2017: Jakub Hrůša conducts Dvořák, Smetana, and Janáček October 26-28 2017: Osmo Vänskä... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at The Opera Tattler
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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 Feb 25, 2017 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 Feb 23, 2017 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