A Second Look Review: “Attila”, Verdi and Italian Opera in the Luisotti Era – San Francisco Opera, July 2, 2012

In Fall 2005, in the last year of the controversial San Francisco Opera general directorship of Pamela Rosenberg, a 43 year old Italian conductor, Nicola Luisotti, made his debut at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House. It had been only three year’s prior that Luisotti’s international debut had taken place, at Germany’s Stuttgart Opera (Rosenberg’s … Read more

A Second Look Review: the Kaneko-Gockley Production of “Magic Flute” – San Francisco Opera, June 24, 2012

Having reported on the premiere of the Jun Kaneko production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” [see Perfect Game: Gunn, Shagimuratova Shine in New Kaneko-Designed “Magic Flute” – June 13, 2012], I attended the fifth of the nine scheduled performances. Each of the observations made in my first review were reconfirmed by the later performance. The cast, … Read more