Cory WeaverAidaGiuseppe Verdi's Micaela Carosi as Aida @ September 24, 2010War Memorial Opera HouseBetter than: The D-Backs (we hope) The forthcoming observation about San Francisco Opera's production of Aida is not intended to be dismissive of the backflipping acrobats, the dancers, the endle ... More >>
Terrence McCarthyVerdi's Otello War Memorial Opera HouseFriday, Nov. 13, 2009Better than: Most professional athletes' returns from retirementLocal opera fans may not realize it, but they owe a debt of gratitude to Giulio Ricordi and Arrigo Boito. Without the machinations of these two -- a music p ... More >>
Richard Strauss' SaloméWar Memorial Opera HouseFriday, Oct. 30, 2009Better than: Sunday schoolTerrence McCarthyGreer Grimsley (Jokanaan)Of the six operas that comprise San Francisco Opera's fall 2009 season, Richard Strauss' Salomé is the outlier -- a production that, by design, represents some ... More >>
For S.F. Opera's new music director, conducting is a lot like making love.
Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas409-499 IllinoisAugust 22, 2009Better than: Most other activities in office-park courtyards (smoke breaks, sack lunches)Whatever way you like your opera, San Francisco probably has a company that can accommodate your preferences. Those looking for the traditional ni ... More >>
Cory WeaverEric Owens (Porgy) and Laquita Mitchell (Bess)Better than: Being trampled -- in your own seat -- by half the people in your section as they make for the Irish coffee at intermission. More on that later.On the BART ride home after San Francisco Opera's Sunday evening performance of George ... More >>
David Cox as RigolettoVerdi's Rigoletto Cowell Theater, Fort Mason April 17, 2009 Better than: Most other artistic endeavors involving singing clowns. Feminists beware: Any production of Giuseppe Verdi's 1851 Rigoletto may send you fleeing to a more, well, empowering environment at the intermissio ... More >>
Amy Tan's opera puts Chinese culture into perspective.
Woody Allen is back from his European vacation. Next, he directs Larry David in N.Y.C. and Puccini for L.A. Opera.
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