American Premiere Review: Saariaho’s and Oksanen’s “Innocence”- a Milestone in the Dramatic Possibilities of Operatic Performance – San Francisco Opera, June 1, 2024

The opera “Innocence” begins with a wedding celebration in Helsinki, Finland, but the central story is about the continued impact of an event that took place ten years earlier. As the story unfolds, we learn that the bridgegroom’s older brother, in reaction to being bullied and humiliated by fellow students at a nearby international school, … Read more

“Historical Performances”: Chester Ludgin, Grace Bumbry in Verdi’s “Macbeth” – San Francisco Opera, October 6, 1967

After a Sunday matinee, when I saw my first ever “La Gioconda” [Historical Performances: “La Gioconda” with Leyla Gencer, Renato Cioni, Grace Bumbry and Maureen Forrester – San Francisco Opera, October 1, 1967], I returned to the War Memorial Opera House the following Friday night for my first performance ever of Verdi’s “Macbeth”. “Early Verdi” … Read more