Opera in Live Performance: Thoughts and Assessments at the End of 2014

Note from William: this continues my series of “end of the year” thoughts on the live performance of opera.  My “Thoughts and Assessments” series began at the end of calendar year 2009. Each year since then I’ve discussed a variety of subjects, including the role of philanthropy in opera, the casual destruction by opera companies of … Read more

Grading San Francisco Opera Productions for 2014

Beginning with calendar year 2006 (the year that the current San Francisco Opera general director David Gockley assumed his post), I have given letter grades to each of San Francisco Opera’s productions during that calendar year.  Like the seminars associated with Ph.D. programs, I do not grade “on a curve”, but, instead expect that a … Read more

Opera in Live Performance: Thoughts and Assessments at the End of 2012, Part Two

  Note from William: In Part One in my “end of 2012” comments [see Opera in Live Performance: Thoughts and Assessments at the End of 2012, Part One], I raised the issue of how poorly documented many past productions of opera are, so many lacking meaningful descriptions of the staging or even photographs of sets and costumes. … Read more