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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 * Last night the Merola Opera Program gave its first performance of the year with the Schwabacher Summer Concert at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The singing shows a lot of promise and there were many distinctive voices.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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Soprano Christina Major (pictured left), known to Bay Area opera fans, especially in the South Bay, where she most recently appeared in West Bay Opera's I due Foscari. This week she is featured in four out of five concerts at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Last night's opening of L'enfant et les sortilèges at San Francisco Symphony shimmered and shone. James Bonas' semi-staged production (Anna Christie and Isabel Leonard pictured, photograph by Jean Pierre Maurin) made use of quirky animated projections. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
Thanks! Sorry to hear you didn't make it last Saturday, but I understand not wanting to drive. Traffic is terrible, it took me almost 90 minutes to get to SF from the East Bay last Friday and then about an hour on Saturday. I'm doing so much better, I probably should have gone to the doctor a week or two earlier and I would have made the opening!
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2019 on SF Opera's Rusalka at The Opera Tattler
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I would have liked to hear Fleming sing this, I know it is a role she did well in. Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2019 on SF Opera's Rusalka at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The hit of the summer at San Francisco Opera is Rusalka (Act II pictured, photograph by Cory Weaver), which opened a week ago on Father's Day. Right out the gate, the orchestra sounds utterly lush, the set... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * It is a joy to hear Händel's beautiful music live in San Francisco Opera's latest production (pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) of Orlando, which opened this afternoon. Set in the early autumn of 1940, in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * "Enjoy your hundredth Carmen!" teased my husband as I left for the opening of the latest production of this opera at San Francisco Opera last night. Quite an exaggeration, at best I've seen this opera twenty-five times,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Opera Parallèle is presenting the world premiere of Laura Kaminsky's Today It Rains this weekend at Z Space. This chamber opera based on Georgia O'Keefe's first trip to Santa Fe is contemplative and features some beautiful singing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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Tons of new operas are being performed everyday, the most successful perhaps are Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick (recently at Opera San José) and Mason Bates’ Grammy-winning The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Closer to home, Howards End, America by Allen Shearer had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito is nearly through a run at Los Angeles Opera. The singing is top-notch with strong support from the orchestra and a sumptuous staging. The new production, directed by Thaddeus Strassberger, who also... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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September 23 2019- February 1 2020: Porgy and Bess September 24- October 26 2019: Manon September 25- October 12 2019: Macbeth October 3 2019- April 25 2020: Turandot October 11 2019- April 11 2020: Madama Butterfly October 20- November 10... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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This summer there are changes for all three operas on offer at San Francisco Opera. Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen (pictured) makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Medoro in Orlando, replacing David Daniels who was fired last November after serious... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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New music proponent Other Minds is presenting a West Coast premiere of two piano arrangements by Shostakovich, one of his Symphony No. 4 and the other of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. The performers are pianists Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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September 14- October 6 2019: La Bohème October 12–20 2019: The Light in the Piazza November 16–December 15 2019: The Magic Flute February 1–23 2020: Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice February 22- March 14 2020: Roberto Devereux May 1-3 2020: Du Yun's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Francesco Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur had a final performance this season last night at the Metropolitan Opera. There was much prettiness in the music, staging, and singing. The new David McVicar production is very droll, everything looks nice... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Debussy's mysterious Pelléas et Mélisande (pictured left, photograph by Karen Almond) had a splendid fourth performance this season at the Metropolitan Opera yesterday. Though the singing was lovely, the real stars of the show was conductor Yannick... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Mariusz Treliński's 2015 striking production of Iolanta (pictured left, photograph by Marty Sohl) and Bluebeard's Castle at the Metropolitan Opera was revived last night. The singing in both operas is wonderful, and conductor Henrik Nánási had a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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September 6– October 1 2019: Romeo et Juliette September 7–22 2019: Billy Budd October 11– November 1 2019: Le Nozze di Figaro November 8–26 2019: Manon Lescaut November 15–December 7 2019: Hansel und Gretel June 7- July 2 2020: Ernani... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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August 10-28 2019: Rigoletto October 19- November 1 2019: Cenerentola January 11-25 2020: Eugene Onegin February 22- March 7 2020: Charlie Parker's Yardbird May 2-19 2020: La bohème Seattle Opera announced the 2019-2020 season today. Official Site Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Opera Parallèle revived last year's production of The Little Prince this weekend at the Marines' Memorial Theatre. The opera is perfectly charming and the feminist twist of having mostly female principals worked well. I had a better... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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San Francisco Symphony announced today that Esa-Pekka Salonen (pictured left, photograph by Andrew Eccles) is its next music director. He starts in September 2020, succeed Michael Tilson Thomas, who leaves after 25 years. Press Release | Press Kit Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * Ars Minerva was back at ODC with Giovanni Porta's Ifigenia in Aulide last weekend. This opera, premiered in 1738 at Shrovetide in Munich, is in many ways the typical Baroque opera with an elaborate plot based on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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* Notes * The West Coast premiere of It's a Wonderful Life (Act II pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) opened at San Francisco Opera on November 17. Based on Frank Capra's holiday film, the music here by Jake Heggie... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at The Opera Tattler
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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