Historical Performances: A Pleasing “Rigoletto” From Chester Ludgin, Lee Venora, Ottavio Garaventa and Janis Martin, San Francisco Opera, November 5, 1966

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the ninth of fourteen such observances of performances from the company’s 1966 Fall season. In the mid-20th century, the San Francisco Opera, following the practice of … Read more

Historical Performances: “Nozze di Figaro” with Geraint Evans, Reri Grist, Claire Watson and Thomas Stewart – San Francisco Opera – October 29, 1966

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the eighth of fourteen such observances of performances from the company’s 1966 Fall season. Six days after a memorable Sunday matinee performance of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”, … Read more

Thoughts on Opera Performance at the End of 2020 – Some Consequences of the Covid19 Pandemic

I created the operawarhorses.com website in 2005, centering around my reviews of live opera performance and notes on historical performances I had attended in past decades. At the beginning of 2006, when Houston Grand Opera’s General Director David Gockley assumed the general directorship of the San Francisco Opera, I decided that at the end of … Read more

Historical Performances: “Boris Godunov” – San Francisco Opera, October 23, 1966

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the seventh of fourteen such observances of performances from the company’s 1966 Fall season. In 1961, the San Francisco Opera premiered director Dino Yannopoulos’ production of … Read more

Historical Performances: Jess Thomas’ “Tannhäuser” with Régine Crespin, Janis Martin and Thomas Stewart – San Francisco Opera, October 22, 1966

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the sixth of fourteen such observances of performances from the company’s 1966 Fall season. The next offering on my Saturday night San Francisco Opera subscription was … Read more