Review: A Brilliant Production and Strong Performance of Handel’s “Partenope” – San Francisco Opera, June 23, 2024

Sab Francisco Opera continued its commitment to presentation of baroque operatic masterpieces by reviving Christopher Alden’s popular production of Handel’s “Partenope”, one of the hits of the company’s 2014 season. Christopher Alden’s Production Christopher Alden’s production of Handel’s “Partneope” was first performed at the English National Opera in 2008. My performance reviews of both the … Read more

Review: Barrie Kosky’s Production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” – San Francisco Opera, June 2, 2024

For the past dozen years, Australian director Barrie Kosky’s production of Mozart’s last opera, “The Magic Flute” (Die Zauberflöte) has traveled widely, being performed by opera companies large and small worldwide. I covered the Kosky production’s 2013 American premiere at the Los Angeles Opera [Review: Outrageously Inventive, Unceasingly Entertaining – Kosky/Andrade/Barritt’s Silent Movie “Magic Flute” … Read more

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