A Second Look Review: San Francisco Opera’s “Turandot” – September 24, 2017

For its Fall 2017 season, San Francisco Opera has divided twelve performances of Puccini’s “Turandot” into two casts, the first performing six times during September and the second in late November and early December. This season, I reviewed the first cast on the season’s opening night [Review: San Francisco Opera’s “Turandot” – Sonic Splendor, Visual … Read more

Review: an Engaging “La Traviata” in John Copley’s Classic Production – San Francisco Opera, September 23, 2017

The final opera to be conducted by Maestro Nicola Luisotti during his nine-season tenure as Music Director of the San Francisco Opera is Verdi’s “La Traviata”. The opera, presented in British Director John Copley’s classic 1987 production, was the occasion for the San Francisco Opera debuts of Aurelia Florian, the Violetta; Atalla Ayan, the Alfredo; … Read more

Review: San Francisco Opera’s “Elektra” – Goerke, Pieczonka in a Gory, Gloriously Sung Night at the Museum – September 9, 2017

The San Francisco Opera mounted a magnificently sung performance of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra”, with an augmented 95-member San Francisco Opera Orchestra, led by Hungarian Maestro Henrik Nánási. British Director Keith Warner’s accessible and eye-catching production – a San Francisco Opera co-production with the Prague National Opera (where it debuted last year) – set the opera … Read more

Review: San Francisco Opera’s “Turandot” – Sonic Splendor, Visual Delight – September 8, 2017

San Francisco Opera has presented David Hockney’s enchanting realization of Puccini’s “Turandot” for five of its seasons since it debuted at the War Memorial Opera House, under Hockney’s direct supervision, in 1993. The vibrant colors of Hockney’s sets and of Ian Falconer’s exotic costumes exude splendor. A co-production with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the … Read more

A Conversation with Raymond Aceto – San Francisco Opera’s Timur in “Turandot”

The following conversation with basso Raymond Aceto is in conjunction with the San Francisco Opera’s revival of the David Hockney production of Puccini’s “Turandot”.    [Below: Basso Raymond Aceto; edited image of a publicity photograph, courtesy of Raymond Aceto.] Wm: This fall’s performances of Timur in Puccini’s ‘Turandot” represent the 20th anniversary of your San Francisco … Read more