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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
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I love Sharon, she's great. Thanks for the suggestion.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2022 on SF Opera's Don Giovanni at The Opera Tattler
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It was such fun!
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Thank you!
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2022 on SF Opera's Don Giovanni at The Opera Tattler
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Thanks for the correction!
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2022 on SF Opera's Don Giovanni at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Don Giovanni, the last installment of the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy directed by Michael Cavanagh, opened yesterday evening at San Francisco Opera. It was a joy to hear Maestro Bertrand de Billy conduct this beautiful music and there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Last month Pocket Opera put on three performances of Wagner's No Love Allowed (Das Liebesverbot). I attended the delightful May 15 matinée at the Hillside Club in Berkeley. The English language production had a lot of charm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
My mistake, I'm not sure what Ms. Giunta was singing then, does the 1728 version not have arias for Tigrane?
Toggle Commented May 9, 2022 on PBO's Radamisto at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Last night the Emerson String Quartet (pictured, photograph by Jürgen Frank) played at Herbst Theatre as the penultimate show in the 2021-2022 season at SF Performances. The performance started with an absolutely lovely String Quartet No. 2... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and new Music Director Richard Egarr (pictured) ended the 2021-2022 season with Händel's Radamisto last weekend at the Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford campus. The intimate venue proved unflattering, though there certainly was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * West Side Story (Act I pictured, photograph by David Allen) opened at Opera San José last night in a sleek and effective production from director Crystal Manich. It was wonderful to hear Leonard Bernstein's music live with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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September 10–25 2022: Le Nozze di Figaro November 12–27 2022: Alma Deutscher's Cinderella February 11–26 2023: Falstaff April 15–30 2023: Tosca Today new General Director Shawna Lucey (pictured, photograph by David Allen) announced Opera San José's next season, which includes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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Sopranos Amanda Batista, Manchester, New Jersey Adia Evans, Baltimore, Maryland Maggie Kinabrew, West Hartford, Connecticut Chelsea Lehnea, Chattanooga, Tennessee Celeste Morales, San Antonio, Texas Olivia Prendergast, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ashley Marie Robillard, Norton, Massachusetts Arianna Rodriguez, Fairfax, Virginia Olivia Smith, Penticton,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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October 20-23 2022: Händel's Theodora November 16-20 2022: Vaudeville Baroque with Nicholas McGegan December 14-18 2022: Händel's Messiah February 9-12 2023: Saint-Saëns' Concerto for Violoncello No. 1 and 2 with Steven Isserlis, Brahm's Symphony No. 2 March 25-31 2023: Mozart's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * I was so pleased to be able to hear Opera Parallèle's latest offering, Sophia's Forest by Lembit Beecher, yesterday evening at Grace Cathedral. This 2017 chamber opera deals with the trauma of a nine-year-old immigrant child and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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September 27- October 28 2022: Medea September 28- October 20 2022: Idomeneo September 29- October 21 2022: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk October 4 2022- April 15 2023: Tosca October 16- November 12 2022: Peter Grimes October 25 2022- March 18... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * A colorful production of Carmen opened at Opera San José last weekend with a sharp cast. Director Lillian Groag's staging is lively with supernumeraries and flamenco dancers. Music Director Joseph Marcheso kept the orchestra fairly neat, only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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September 9 2022: Opera Ball: The Centennial Celebration with Nadine Sierra, Michael Fabiano, Pene Pati, Lucas Meachem, and Eun Sun Kim September 10–October 5 2022: John Adams' Antony and Cleopatra September 25–October 14 2022: Eugene Onegin October 15–30 2022: Dialogues... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2022 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera's training program, Merola, held another virtual recital for the holidays via Vimeo with pianist James Harp, soprano Amber R. Monroe, tenor Edward Graves, and bass Kevin Thompson. I watched right when it was released... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The San Francisco Opera Chorus is sending off its Chorus Director Ian Robertson (pictured with the chorus, photograph by Matthew Washburn) with two sold-out concerts at the Atrium Theater this weekend. Robertson is ending his distinguished 35-season... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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The incoming 2022 Adler Fellows are soprano Mikayla Sager, mezzo-soprano Gabrielle Beteag, tenors Victor Cardamone and Edward Graves; and apprentice coach Marika Yasuda. They join current Adlers sopranos Anne-Marie MacIntosh, Elisa Sunshine, and Esther Tonea; mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, baritone Timothy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Così fan tutte (Act I pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver), the second installment of the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy directed by Michael Cavanagh, opened at San Francisco Opera last weekend. The second performance was Tuesday night, there was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
Sorry for the oversight! I've added the link and look forward to hearing you sing again soon.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2021 on Ars Minerva's Messalina at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The inimitable Ars Minerva is presenting the North American premiere of Carlo Pallavicino's Messalina this weekend at ODC Theater in San Francisco. The Saturday performance was a raucous romp through the Roman imperial court around 47 CE... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
Weren't all the other singers in the chorus as well? If not, my mistake, thank you for your feedback. I encourage you to read Lisa Hirsch's review in Opera News if you require a more thorough review.
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* Notes * Opera San José has returned to the California Theatre last night with a beautifully cast Dido and Aeneas. Director Elkhanah Pulitzer's new production is likewise attractive. Music Director Joseph Marcheso conducted a reduced version of the orchestra... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2021 at The Opera Tattler