Tom’s Tips for the 2011 Santa Fe Opera Festival

By this time, every opera lover knows that each summer something very special is happening in the world of opera  – in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Santa Fe Opera presents a season of five operas all summer in its resplendent outdoor (but covered) opera house-in-the-desert in the hills just north of Santa Fe.  It is hard to imagine … Read more

Tom’s Tips on the Santa Fe Opera Scene: Discovering America’s Ultimate in Summer Opera

By this time, every opera lover knows that each summer something very special is happening in the world of opera  – in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Santa Fe Opera presents a season of five operas all summer in its resplendent outdoor (but covered) opera house-in-the-desert in the hills just north of Santa Fe.  It is hard to … Read more

Tom’s Tips for the Los Angeles Opera Scene

Attending Opera in L. A.  – Tom’s Tips [Below: the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at night, with Los Angeles Music Center fountains in the foreground; photograph by Tom. ] If you were to review the statistics on who holds either full or partial season tickets to the Los Angeles Opera, you would see that relatively few live in Downtown Los … Read more

Tom’s Tips on the San Francisco Opera Scene

In celebration of the Summer San Francisco Opera Season, we are re-publishing Tom’s Tips for enjoying opera in San Francisco. Tom’s San Francisco Tips The grandest opera house in the West -without any doubt – is the War Memorial Opera House.  It is the long-time home of the San Francisco Opera which, for more than eighty-five years, … Read more

Tom’s Tips on the Seattle Opera Scene – Where 2009 Brings a Lush “Green Ring” and 2010 Brings a New “Tristan”

August 9, 2009 begins the first of three complete four opera “Ring of the Nibelungs”. Less than a year later (July 31, 2010), Seattle will unveil a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” with Clifton Forbis as Tristan, Annalena Persson (United States debut) as Isolde, Margaret Jane Wray as Brangaene, Greer Grimsley as Kurwenal, … Read more