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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 * San Francisco Opera's training program Merola held another virtual recital yesterday afternoon via Zoom with vocal coaches and collaborative pianists Tamara Sanikidze (pictured left) and Edoardo Barsotti. It was lovely to see these artists usually behind the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Opera presents Puccini's La Bohème on November 20 and 22 at the Fort Mason Flix Drive-In, followed by Tosca on December 11 and 12. The 2008 production of Bohème stars Piotr Beczala and Angela Gheorghiu as Rodolfo and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera held a drive-in event (pictured left, photograph by Kristen Loken) at Fort Mason Flix yesterday evening. The opera screened was Lucia di Lammermoor from 2008 with soprano Natalie Dessay in the title role. She... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Opera continues its streaming program Opera Is On with Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor on October 31 to November 1. The production is the one to be shown as a drive-in movie next Sunday. Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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Opera San José will present a new fully staged production of Jake Heggie's Three Decembers as an on-demand stream starting December 3, 2020. The cast (pictured, photograph by David Allen) features mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the lead role along with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Opera presents Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (pictured left, photograph by Terrence McCarthy) on October 25 at 6pm at Fort Mason Flix Drive-In. The production is from 2008 and stars Natalie Dessay. 98 cars with pre-purchased tickets will be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Opera continues its streaming program Opera Is On with Puccini's Tosca (pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) on October 10–11. The production is the revival from 2014 that stars Lianna Haroutounian. Verdi's Attila from the summer of 2012... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Merola, San Francisco Opera's training program, kicked off a virtual recital series last Sunday via Zoom with baritone Lucas Meachem (pictured left, photograph by Natasha Sadakin) and his piano accompanist and wife Irina Meachem. They were very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera, along with the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, announced today that the previously planned seat replacement project originally scheduled for summer 2021 will now take place over a 14-week period... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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General Director Matthew Shilvock announced the cancelation of the 2020-2021 season opening at San Francisco Opera today because of COVID-19. The performances were to begin on September 11 and to continue until December 6. The company expects return in April... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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The Merola Opera Program announces the cancellation of the 2020 training program and Summer Festival, including all public performances, public master classes, and events scheduled, in accordance with local and global efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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General Director Matthew Shilvock announced the cancelation of the rest of the 2019-2020 season at San Francisco Opera today because of COVID-19. The performances were to resume on June 7 and to continue until July 3. Press Release | Official... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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Sopranos Emily Blair, Hoffman Estates, Illinois Catherine Goode, Friendswood, Texas Magdalena Kuźma, New York, New York Celeste Morales, San Antonio, Texas Mikayla Sager, Vancouver, BC, Canada Johanna Will, Dresden, Germany Mezzo-Sopranos Gabrielle Barkidjija, River Forest, Illinois Gabrielle Beteag, Atlanta, Georgia... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
Very true, I didn't know where to fit it in, though I've made an attempt now. Thank you!
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2020 on Don Giovanni at Pocket Opera at The Opera Tattler
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September 21- December 12 2020: Aida September 22- October 16 2020: Les Contes d'Hoffmann September 23- October 10 2020: Roberto Devereux October 2 2020- March 12 2021: Carmen October 17- November 6 2020: Tristan und Isolde October 24 2020- May... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Pocket Opera opened the 2020 season with Don Giovanni yesterday afternoon at the Hillside Club in Berkeley. The singing and staging of this English language performance was one of the most engaging I've experienced of Mozart's dark... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Opera San José is in the midst of an appealing run of Il trovatore. The traditional production cleanly moves through the scenes and has a hint of humor plus lots of robust singing and playing. Though the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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September 25- October 18 2020: Parsifal October 20- November 7 2020: The Marriage of Figaro January 23- February 21 2021: Carmen February 6-20 2021: Katya Kabanova April 17- May 16 2021: La Traviata May 1-15 2021: Orfeo ed Euridice Canadian... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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October 24– November 9 2020: Fidelio October 31– November 14 2020: Nixon in China February 20­– March 17 2021: Boris Godunov February 21– March 20 2021: Rigoletto February 27– March 19 2021: Così fan tutte May 15–29 2021: La bohème... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The production of Aci, Galatea e Polifemo that has a final performance tonight at ODC Theater in San Francisco is well worth a second viewing. National Sawdust and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra have successfully pulled off a disquieting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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September 26- October 18 2020: Il Trovatore October 18– November 7 2020: Tannhäuser November 21–December 13 2020: La Cenerentola January 30– February 21 2021: Don Giovanni February 27- March 21 2021: Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves April 15-18 2021: Du... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Maestro Nicholas McGegan (pictured, photograph by Suzanne Karp) opened a run of Händel's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo last night at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. The fully-staged co-production with the Brooklyn-based National... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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September 11 2020: Opening Night Concert with Albina Shagimuratova, Pene Pati, and Eun Sun Kim September 12– October 1 2020: Fidelio September 13– October 4 2020: Rigoletto October 6–28 2020: Così fan tutte October 29- November 22 2020: Poul Ruders'... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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August 8-22 2020: Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci October 17-31 2020: The Elixir of Love January 16-30 2021: Don Giovanni February 27- March 13 2021: Johnathan Dove's Flight May 8-23 2021: Tosca Seattle Opera announced the 2020-2021 season today. Lidiya Yankovskaya... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * William Kentridge's latest production of Wozzeck (pictured, photograph by Ken Howard) at The Met perfectly captures the nightmarish quality of Berg's piece. The opening yesterday evening was one of immersive theater and absolutely beautiful playing from the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at The Opera Tattler