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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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* Notes * An elegant co-production of Arabella (Act III pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) opened at San Francisco Opera last night. The orchestra and singers were all very strong in Strauss' glittering Viennese comedy. The huge cast for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * This weekend Opera Parallèle is in Carmel for In the Penal Colony as part of the Days and Nights Festival. Philip Glass' potent chamber opera from 2000 is a perfect match for this company and the production... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The new production of Tosca (Act II with Scott Hendricks as Scarpia, Joel Sorensen as Spoletta, and Carmen Giannattasio as Tosca pictured left; photograph by Cory Weaver) that opened last night at San Francisco Opera is an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * A winsome cast (Matthew Grills as Belmonte and Rebecca Davis as Konstanze pictured, photograph by Pat Kirk) opened the Opera San José 2018-2019 season with the delightful music of Die Entführung aus dem Serail yesterday night. Mozart's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the performance!
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I thought that was you! Nicely done!
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You bring up some very valid points, and I definitely agree with your observation about the attention to detail and the vibrancy of not only of the set but the direction. I also really liked the sense of humor Cura obviously has, as with the tippler who offers Santuzza the bottle and she takes it the second time. It was a tender moment when he makes sure she gets in her seat for the performance in Pag.
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* Notes * A magnificently cast Roberto Devereux (opening scene pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) is the second offering in San Francisco Opera's 96th season. Though somewhat marred by a tepid staging, the tragic opera by Donizetti is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The standard double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci opened the latest season at San Francisco Opera last night with a colorful production (pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) from tenor turned director José Cura. With the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * West Edge Opera's third production this summer is Luca Francesconi's Quartett, based on the 1980 play by Heiner Müller, which in turn is based on Les Liaisons dangereuses. Both music and drama here are utterly disturbing. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Nomadic West Edge Opera is performing this summer in yet another alternative space, this time in Richmond at the Craneway Conference Center, once a Ford plant. The opening show is Debussy's very wonderfully weird Pelléas et Mélisande.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The Merola Opera Program's second opera this year is The Rake's Progress, performed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on August 2 and 4. The singers (pictured left, photograph by Kristen Loken) gamely performed this challenging... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The first of two operas from the Merola Opera Program this summer is the rarity Il Re Pastore at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on July 19 and 21. The lighthearted production directed by Tara Faircloth... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The Schwabacher Summer Concert at SFCM on Thursday kicked off the 2018 Merola Opera Program's season. This is when we get to hear the more unusual voices selected for this opera training program, the ones that didn't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera's first Ring cycle this summer came to a glorious end with Götterdämmerung (Act II pictured left, photo by Cory Weaver) this evening. The singing was strong and the playing exquisite. Maestro Donald Runnicles had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera's current Ring cycle continued with beautifully played Siegfried (Act II pictured left, photo by Cory Weaver) last night. There was also much fine singing. The orchestra seems more settled than in the previous two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The opening of San Francisco Symphony's Boris Godunov was a gratifying way to spend the gap day between San Francisco Opera's Ring performances. The semi-staged production (Scene 2 pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver) from James Darrah is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * As with the previous installment of Der Ring des Nibelungen at San Francisco Opera, Die Walküre (Act I pictured left, photo by Cory Weaver) has beautiful playing from the orchestra and a powerful cast. Donald Runnicles drove... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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SF Opera's Ring Site | Production Web Site Reviews of San Francisco Opera's Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Scene 4 of Das Rheingold pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver) are trickling in. Cycle Reviews: San Francisco Examiner | The Mercury News |... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * An exuberant orchestra and strong cast in Das Rheingold opened a revival of Francesca Zambello's Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Scene 4 pictured, photo by Cory Weaver) last night at San Francisco Opera. It is a joy to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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June is going to be a very opera-heavy month in San Francisco this year, with the return of Der Ring des Nibelungen starting on Tuesday at the War Memorial Opera House. For those intimidated by Wagner's 15-hour epic (or maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Pianist Simone Dinnerstein (pictured left, photograph by Lisa Marie Mazzucco) gave the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass' Piano Concerto No. 3 with New Century Chamber Orchestra last night in Berkeley. The piece is sedate and dreamily... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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Soprano Iréne Theorin (pictured left) replaces Evelyn Herlitzius as Brünnhilde in San Francisco Opera's Der Ring des Nibelungen this summer. Herlitzius has withdrawn for health reasons. This will be Theorin's first complete Ring Cycle in the United States. She was... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Apollo's Fire (pictured left, photograph by Roger Mastroianni), an idiosyncratic Baroque orchestra from Cleveland, is touring Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with a reconstruction of the lost Bacchanale ending, and made a stop at Cal Performances last night. The orchestra,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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September 23 2018: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste September 28-30 2018: Mark Morris Dance Group; Pepperland September 30 2018: Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Bach Suites October 5 2018: Max Richter with the American... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at The Opera Tattler