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La bohème

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Busy La Bohème gives lots of light, too little heat
21 Jun 17 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Erika Grimaldi stood out as the voice of Italian opera
20 Jun 17 / Opera Today
John Caird’s magical “La Boheme” production
17 Jun 17 / Opera Warhorses
Tender emotions
15 Jun 17 / Bay Area Reporter
Artistry and love flourish in SF Opera’s ‘La Bohème’
12 Jun 17 / San Francisco Examiner
Brusque conducting afflicts SF Opera’s ‘La Bohème’
12 Jun 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
Rigoletto

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 8

A deeply moving portrayal of the Verdi masterwork
21 Jun 17 / OperaWire
Quinn Kelsey makes an arresting jester in S.F. Opera Rigoletto
21 Jun 17 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Stalwart Rigoletto improves as the night goes on
12 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Every once in a while a warhorse redefines itself
12 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Quinn Kelsey a world class Verdi baritone in “Rigoletto”
10 Jun 17 / Opera Warhorses
Quinn Kelsey excels as Rigoletto in San Francisco
5 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
SF Opera’s ‘Rigoletto’ regally holds court
2 Jun 17 / San Francisco Examiner
Atmospheric staging of ‘Rigoletto’ by SF Opera
2 Jun 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
Don Giovanni

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Return of the Don
15 Jun 17 / Bay Area Reporter
Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, Erin Wall lead solid cast in musically-balanced production
14 Jun 17 / OperaWire
Don Giovanni with a new directorial team and a new conductor. And a blue-chip cast
12 Jun 17 / Opera Today
An uninspiring Don Giovanni at San Francisco Opera
10 Jun 17 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
D’Arcangelo, Schrott lead stellar cast
10 Jun 17 / Opera Warhorses
A seductive ‘Don Giovanni’ on the prowl at SF Opera
8 Jun 17 / Mercury News
Mozart's genius shines clearly in San Francisco Opera's darkly comic production of Don Giovanni
8 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Mozart the clear winner at S.F. Opera Don Giovanni
7 Jun 17 / San Francisco Classical Voice
SF Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’ has cathartic moments amid lapses
6 Jun 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
Dynamic duo rules SF Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’
6 Jun 17 / San Francisco Examiner
Erwin Schrott will debut in S.F. Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’
The Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott is set to make his San Francisco Opera debut in June as Leporello in the company’s production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” replacing Marco Vinco.
Aida

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 12

No cabían los elefantes
27 Nov 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
There was no room for the elephants
27 Nov 16 / Mundo Clásico (English)
Less spectacle, more emotion
23 Nov 16 / The Huffington Post
Zambello’s Aida offers rare look into opera’s heart
18 Nov 16 / Classical Voice North America
Women carry the day in Aida at San Francisco Opera
13 Nov 16 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Zambello’s Spectacular “Aida”
12 Nov 16 / Opera Warhorses
An exquisite pit, a Busby Berkeley stage, ingenue performers
12 Nov 16 / Opera Today
An Aida short on drama in San Francisco
11 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
S.F. Opera unveils a vibrant, abstract Aida
9 Nov 16 / San Francisco Classical Voice
SF Opera’s ‘Aida’ looks a bit like ‘Evita’
8 Nov 16 / San Francisco Examiner
Aida’ settles into its clarity and power at San Francisco Opera
7 Nov 16 / Mercury News
A hieroglyphic hodgepodge for SF Opera’s ‘Aida’
7 Nov 16 / San Francisco Chronicle
Vec Makropulos

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Nadja Michael leads a blazing The Makropulos Case
18 Nov 16 / Seen and Heard
Il fascino di un canto in disfacimento
15 Nov 16 / L'Ape musicale
Nadja Michael transfixes in S.F. Opera’s The Makropulos Case
26 Oct 16 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Nadja Michael was one with her costumes and platinum wig
23 Oct 16 / Opera Today
Nadja Michael’s arresting performance in “Makropulos Case”
22 Oct 16 / Opera Warhorses
It's about time
18 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Nadja Michael gives timeless performance in SF Opera’s ‘Makropulos Case’
18 Oct 16 / San Francisco Examiner
A fiercely seductive soprano in SF Opera’s ‘Makropulos’
16 Oct 16 / San Francisco Chronicle
A mostly gripping ‘Makropulos Case’ delivered at S.F. Opera
16 Oct 16 / Mercury News
Mikhail Tatarnikov led the orchestra and singers in a crisp, agitated rendering of Janáček’s angular music
16 Oct 16 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Nadja Michael
A brilliant ‘Emilia Marty’, now at San Francisco Opera.
Madama Butterfly

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 5

A Butterfly for the ages in a Butterfly marred by casting ineptness and lugubrious conducting
16 Nov 16 / Opera Today
A transcendent “Madama Butterfly”
12 Nov 16 / Opera Warhorses
A Madama Butterfly with hard edges
9 Nov 16 / San Francisco Classical Voice
A ‘Madama Butterfly’ for the ages at San Francisco Opera
8 Nov 16 / Mercury News
Soprano’s triumphant return in SF Opera ‘Butterfly’
8 Nov 16 / San Francisco Chronicle
Don Pasquale

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Stellar cast turns Don Pasquale into ear candy
18 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
Maurizio Muraro leads an appealing “Don Pasquale” cast
8 Oct 16 / Opera Warhorses
San Francisco Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ is seriously funny
7 Oct 16 / Mercury News
Bringing the spirit of opera buffa
6 Oct 16 / Bay Area Reporter
Don Pasquale is a most welcome visitor
6 Oct 16 / Opera Today
A brilliant production of Don Pasquale in San Francisco
5 Oct 16 / The Huffington Post
Maurizio Muraro is brilliant in S.F. Opera’s Don Pasquale
1 Oct 16 / San Francisco Classical Voice
SF Opera’s ‘Pasquale’ is charming, well-sung and thin
30 Sep 16 / San Francisco Chronicle
Comedy and cruelty in Don Pasquale at San Francisco Opera
30 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
SF Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ an uproarious delight
30 Sep 16 / San Francisco Examiner
Heidi Stober
A break-through performance as ‘Norina’ at San Francisco Opera.
Andrea Chenier

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 11

A second look: Sir David McVicar and “Andrea Chénier” at the San Francisco Opera
8 Oct 16 / Opera Warhorses
‘Dream of the Red Chamber’ and ‘Andrea Chénier’: opera opts for old over new
21 Sep 16 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
Andrea Chénier returns to the War Memorial after 23 years
21 Sep 16 / Opera Today
A well-sung if too-cautious Andrea Chenier
20 Sep 16 / Seen and Heard
Yonghoon Lee is an eloquent Andrea Chénier in McVicar’s cinematic staging
17 Sep 16 / Opera Warhorses
Very verismo
15 Sep 16 / Bay Area Reporter
S.F. Opera's Chénier strong, except where it counts
13 Sep 16 / San Francisco Classical Voice
A visually impressive production
11 Sep 16 / San Francisco Examiner
S.F. Opera delivers memorable ‘Andrea Chenier’
11 Sep 16 / Mercury News
A 1st rate cast in a 3rd rate opera
11 Sep 16 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
‘Chénier’ makes a stodgy Opera opening
11 Sep 16 / San Francisco Chronicle
Rising stars
An Interview with Anna Pirozzi.
George Gagnidze debuts in ‘Andrea Chénier’ at San Francisco Opera
A native of Tbilisi (capital of Georgia), Gagnidze is internationally recognized as one of the leading dramatic baritones of our time.
David McVicar and the quest to “Get It Right”
David McVicar will direct Andrea Chenier for San Francisco Opera this fall.
Dream of the Red Chamber

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 13

Touching dream receives radiant debut production
6 Oct 16 / Classical Voice North America
There were lots and lots of songs - it is a very long opera
23 Sep 16 / Opera Today
‘Dream of the Red Chamber’ and ‘Andrea Chénier’: opera opts for old over new
21 Sep 16 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
“The Dream of the Red Chamber” transforms into a fascinating opera
17 Sep 16 / Opera Warhorses
Slow start, big finish for Bright Sheng world premiere
17 Sep 16 / Seen and Heard
Transforming Dream of the Red Chamber into an opera seems at once impossible and necessary
16 Sep 16 / Opera News
How to transform a classic, sprawling Chinese novel into an opera
15 Sep 16 / The Economist
A Dream doesn't quite come true at San Francisco Opera
13 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Chinese opera 'Dream of the Red Chamber' opens in San Francisco with much ambition, too little nerve
13 Sep 16 / Los Angeles Times
Dreaming big, Red Chamber collaborators rise to the challenge
13 Sep 16 / San Francisco Classical Voice
SF Opera bridges East-West divide in lush ‘Dream’
12 Sep 16 / San Francisco Examiner
S.F. Opera premieres enchanting “Dream of the Red Chamber”
12 Sep 16 / Mercury News
Uneven ‘Red Chamber’ premiere takes wing after intermission
12 Sep 16 / San Francisco Chronicle
Dream of the Red Chamber: a Chinese epic bursts into song
The book is China’s equivalent of War and Peace, and now it’s been turned into an opera. Is this the 21st-century Turandot – or something more authentic?
Chinese epic gets grand opera treatment
San Francisco Opera faces a seemingly daunting challenge with its world premiere of composer Bright Sheng and co-librettist David Henry Hwang’s “Dream of the Red Chamber.”
Dream of the Red Chamber awakens at San Francisco Opera
A contemporary opera based on the classic Chinese novel, Dream of the Red Chamber, and developed for Western audiences, could be a riveting success at San Francisco Opera this fall.
Jenufa

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 12

A beautifully performed “Jenufa” by Byström, Mattila and Burden
13 Jul 16 / Opera Warhorses
Jenůfa and Don Carlo at SF Opera
3 Jul 16 / SFist
A stunning Jenufa at SF Opera
25 Jun 16 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Two awaited, inevitable role debuts, Karita Mattila as Kostelnička and Malin Bystrom as Janacek's Jenůfa
22 Jun 16 / Opera Today
San Francisco Opera’s new Janáček production fires mightily on all cylinders
21 Jun 16 / The Examiner
Stone cold killer
20 Jun 16 / parterre box
SF Opera's Jenůfa glows with radiant performances
17 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
SF Opera’s ‘Jenůfa’ a memorable curtain call for David Gockley
17 Jun 16 / KQED
A weighty Jenufa at San Francisco Opera
17 Jun 16 / San Francisco Classical Voice
‘Jenufa’ is a triumph for Mattila, SF Opera
16 Jun 16 / San Francisco Chronicle
Malin Byström is ‘Jenůfa’
About four years ago, General Director David Gockley secured Swedish soprano Malin Byström for the 2016 production of Jenůfa - specifically for the closing weeks of his tenure at San Francisco Opera.
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News & Articles

Erwin Schrott will debut in S.F. Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’
The Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott is set to make his San Francisco Opera debut in June as Leporello in the company’s production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” replacing Marco Vinco.
13 May 2017 / San Francisco Chronicle
Adams premiere, ‘Ring’ revival in SF Opera’s 2017-18 season
New productions of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” and Massenet’s “Manon” will figure in the 2017-18 San Francisco Opera season, along with two potential blockbusters that have already been announced .
18 Jan 2017 / San Francisco Chronicle
2017 Adler Fellows named
Thirteen young artists will be San Francisco Opera’s 2017 Adler Fellows, eight newly selected, five returning to the program.
26 Oct 2016 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Casting announced for S.F. Opera ‘Ring’ revival
Soprano Evelyn Herlitzius, tenor Daniel Brenna and bass-baritone Falk Struckmann will all make San Francisco Opera debuts in the company’s revival of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung.”
27 Sep 2016 / San Francisco Chronicle
Opera history captured in a sumptuous photo exhibit
There are scores of photographs to choose from in “Looking Through the Lens,” the sumptuous and often thrilling free exhibit now on permanent display at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Oper in San Francisco.
22 Sep 2016 / San Francisco Chronicle