“Ring” Cycles Scheduled for 2010 and 2011 as California Does Wagner’s Nibelung Saga” Part Two (San Francisco Opera)

As related in the first article in this series, the Los Angeles Opera is mounting three cycles of Wagner’s four opera “Ring of the Nibelungs” in May and June 2010. A year later the San Francisco Opera will present the “Ring” in an entirely different production, with a different conductor and an almost completely different … Read more

Review: Nadja Michael a Sensation in Luisotti’s Soaring San Francisco “Salome” – October 18, 2009

Performances of Richard Strauss’ “Salome”, which can still be made to look very wicked even a century and half a decade after its scandalous (and lucratively successful) first performances, can be memorable. Those with long memories of performances of this work at San Francisco Opera will recall some of the most exciting afternoons and evenings … Read more

Review: Debuting Diana Damrau Delights as Donizetti Diva – San Francisco Opera “Fille du Regiment”, October 13, 2009

Vive la France! Donizetti’s late period comic masterpiece, “La Fille du Regiment”, not heard at San Francisco Opera for 16 years, introduced the lively imagination of French producer Laurent Pelly to the War Memorial Opera House. [Below: Marie (Diana Damrau) attends to the 21st Regiment’s laundry and ironing; edited image, based on a Cory Weaver … Read more

Review: Cornelius Meister’s Admirable “Abduction” – San Francisco Opera, October 11, 2009

During the 65 years that spanned the first three general directorships of the San Francisco Opera, Mozart’s “Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail”, usually translated as “The Abduction from the Seraglio”, was never presented by the main company. Since 1990, it has been mounted in two productions in three separate seasons. The second of these is … Read more