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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 * Merola, San Francisco Opera's summer training program, had a first in-person performance (pictured, photograph by Kristen Loken) on July 3, with a filmed version released to donors on July 16. Curated by African American mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Opera Tattler
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October 23 2021: Stephanie Blythe Concert November 20 2021: Michelle Bradley Concert December 3 2021: Arturo Chacón-Cruz Concert February 12-20 2022: Così fan tutte March 26- April 3 2022: Roméo et Juliette May 13-14 2022: Paola Prestini's Aging Magician The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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August 21- September 5 2021: Tosca September 10 2021: Homecoming Concert with Eun Sun Kim October 14-30 2021: Fidelio November 21- December 3 2021: Così fan tutte June 4- July 2 2022: Don Giovanni June 14- July 3 2022: Dream... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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Today San Francisco Opera announced the July offerings for free streaming. The Opera Is On program includes Janáček's Jenůfa (pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver) from 2016, Berlioz's Les Troyens from 2015, Strauss' Elektra from 2017, and Verdi's Luisa Miller from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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Couturière Colleen Quen (pictured left with her work, photograph by David Law) has collaborated with New Century Chamber Orchestra (NCCO) on a multimedia piece that debuts on Thursday, May 27 at 12pm. The work opens NCCO's new film venture entitled... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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November 6–14 2021: Come Home: A Celebration of Return (concert) March 5–25 2022: Written in Stone March 12–26 2022: Così fan tutte May 14–28 2022: Carmen The 2021-2022 season at WNO was announced today. The season opens with a concert... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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October 16–30 2021: La bohème January 12–30 2022: Orpheus and Eurydice February 26- March 12 2022: Jeanine Tesori's Blue May 7-21 2022: Le nozze di Figaro Seattle Opera announced the 2021-2022 season today, which will mark a return to in... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2021 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 Ashley Marie Robillard, Norton, Massachusetts Mikayla Sager, Vancouver, BC, Canada Johanna Will, Dresden, Germany Mezzo-Sopranos Gabrielle Barkidjija, River Forest,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
It really was a great performance! Can't wait for live music to be back (and safe)!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2021 on SF Opera Barber Drive-In Review at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera presented a delightful drive-in version of The Barber of Seville (pictured, photograph by Stefan Cohen) at Marin Center starting last Friday. The new production from director Matthew Ozawa is bold and fun. Maestro Roderick... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
I miss it so much too!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2021 on SF Opera Streaming April 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The San Francisco Opera training program Merola successfully held a virtual recital last Sunday using Vimeo. Featuring tenor Issachah Savage (pictured), a Merola alum from 2013, the beautiful singing was entirely in German. The recital was entitled... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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Today San Francisco Opera announced the April offerings for free streaming. The Opera Is On program includes Donizetti's Don Pasquale (pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver) from 2016, the Getty and Debussy double bill of The Fall of the House of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera tried to hold a virtual recital back at the beginning of February using Vimeo. Featuring soprano Karen Slack (pictured, photograph by Scott Grieder) with pianist Mary Pinto, the weather... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Opera returns to live performance this April with Il barbiere di Siviglia in an outdoor drive-in production at the Marin Center in San Rafael. The performances star Lucas Meachem (pictured, photograph by Simon Pauly) as Figaro, Daniela Mack... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera presented Tosca (Adrianne Pieczonka in the title role and Lado Ataneli as Scarpia, photograph by Cory Weaver) at Fort Mason Flix last weekend. The 2009 performance is not the latest production, but the previous... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Opera has rescheduled Puccini's Tosca on February 12 and 13 at the Fort Mason Flix Drive-In. The 2009 production starring Adrianne Pieczonka (pictured with Carlo Ventri as Cavaradossi and Joel Sorensen as Spoletta, photograph by Cory Weaver) in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Opera continues its streaming program Opera Is On with Verdi's La Traviata (pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver) from 2014 this weekend on January 30 to 31. From this production tenor Stephen Costello, soprano Nicole Cabell, and assistant stage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Merola, San Francisco Opera's training program, held a third virtual recital yesterday afternoon via Zoom with pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg, soprano Maria Valdes, mezzo-soprano Alice Chung, tenor Casey Candebat, and bass-baritone Christian Pursell. It was a lovely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at The Opera Tattler
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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 Nov 23, 2020 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