Review: David Alden Stages Handel’s “Rodelinda” – San Francisco Opera, September 25, 2005

The San Francisco Opera presented Handel’s “Rodelinda” as the second offering of the final fall season of the departing General Director Pamela Rosenberg. The excellent cast consisted of California soprano Catherine Naglestad as Rodelinda, South Carolina countertenor David Daniels as Barterido, Arkansas countertenor Gerald Thompson as Unulfo, British tenor Paul Nilon as Grimoaldo and Italian … Read more

Review: Warhorse Warriors – John Cox’ ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ at San Francisco Opera, July 2, 2005

John Cox is rarely thought of as a “concept director”, creating productions that transform an opera into a time, place and context unimagined by the composer and librettist in order to put make some point, or perhaps only for shock and awe. Cox, a former general director at the Glyndebourne Festival whose attentions are now … Read more

Review: An Enchanting “Pearl Fishers” with Castronovo, Amsellem and Dazely – San Francisco Opera, June 26, 2005

The San Francisco Opera, for the first time in “main season” history presented 24-year old Georges Bizet’s “Les pĂȘcheurs de perles [The Pearl Fishers”]. Although French Second Empire opera fare had not been associated with the General Directorship of San Francisco Opera’s Pamela Rosenberg, she signed up San Francisco to be the second stop for … Read more

Review: Jones the Ripper’s “Queen of Spades” at San Francisco Opera, June 12, 2005

When is it cool to change the sexual orientation of an operatic character?*  Suppose you are an “opera concept director”, and have decided you really want to make a statement on Hawthorne’s “Scarlet Letter”, but that your next operatic assignment is “Harvey Milk”, the opera by composer Stewart Wallace and librettist Michael Korie about the … Read more