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It's a Wonderful Life

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 9

It’s a wonderful opera
4 Dec 18 / parterre box
A visual treat
27 Nov 18 / The Stage
Mr. Heggie and Mr. Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life is a tight, beautifully crafted opera
26 Nov 18 / Opera Today
It's a Wonderful Life: a new holiday tradition for the opera world
23 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
Sentimental, colorful, effective, and mostly ‘Wonderful’
22 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
Fine singing can't lift Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new opera to higher realms
21 Nov 18 / OperaWire
SF Opera sets holiday mood with gratifying ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
20 Nov 18 / San Francisco Examiner
SF Opera’s ‘Wonderful Life’ is so good — and so necessary
20 Nov 18 / Mercury News
At SF Opera, new version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ earns its wings
19 Nov 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
The movies go to the opera
It’s a Wonderful Life comes to the War Memorial Opera House.
Arabella

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Hidden trove of seductive beauty
27 Oct 18 / Classical Voice North America
Dehn and Mulligan illumine Albery’s stylish “Arabella”
27 Oct 18 / Opera Warhorses
Ellie Dehn and Brian Mulligan solid though Strauss’ work never soars
21 Oct 18 / OperaWire
S.F. Opera’s Arabella plays it safe
20 Oct 18 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Marc Albrecht makes his U.S. debut conducting Arabella
19 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
At SF Opera, Strauss’ ‘Arabella’ gets a workout but never takes flight
18 Oct 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
SF Opera’s new ‘Arabella’ makes glowing impression
18 Oct 18 / San Francisco Examiner
Tosca

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 8

An evening of powerful theater
15 Oct 18 / Opera Today
An appealing new “Tosca” for San Francisco Opera
13 Oct 18 / Opera Warhorses
Thoughtful new Tosca reflects #MeToo, and shows an eloquent orchestra
6 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
Underdressed
6 Oct 18 / parterre box
Forceful lovers lead S.F. Opera’s Tosca
6 Oct 18 / San Francisco Classical Voice
San Francisco Opera stages powerful, timely ‘Tosca’
5 Oct 18 / San Francisco Examiner
Carmen Giannattasio living up to hype in SF Opera’s new ‘Tosca’
5 Oct 18 / Mercury News
SF Opera brings back ‘Tosca’ in a tame, not-so-new rendering
5 Oct 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
Roberto Devereux

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 11

A second look at San Francisco Opera’s superb “Roberto Devereux”
6 Oct 18 / Opera Warhorses
The all American cast was in prime vocal condition
29 Sep 18 / Opera Today
World’s best ever “Roberto Devereux” performance
15 Sep 18 / Opera Warhorses
Radvanovsky soars as troubled Queen in superb Devereux
15 Sep 18 / Classical Voice North America
The company’s return to Donizetti’s Tudor drama this fall was a triumph
12 Sep 18 / Opera News
Radvanovsky heads a gripping, radiant bel canto classic
12 Sep 18 / Seen and Heard
Radvanovsky reigns in S.F. Opera’s Roberto Devereux
11 Sep 18 / San Francisco Classical Voice
San Francisco Opera triumphs with regal ‘Roberto Devereux’
11 Sep 18 / San Francisco Examiner
Drama, queen
11 Sep 18 / parterre box
Sondra Radvanovsky reigns in Donizetti masterwork
11 Sep 18 / OperaWire
Radvanovsky blazes forth as Queen Elizabeth I in SF Opera’s thrilling ‘Roberto Devereux’
10 Sep 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
Pagliacci

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 8

A Cav & Pag double bill with virtues and flaws at San Francisco Opera
3 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
A second look at San Francisco Opera’s “Pagliacci”
29 Sep 18 / Opera Warhorses
Joshua Kosman’s all wrong on Cav/Pag at SF Opera
23 Sep 18 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Thrilling performances
15 Sep 18 / Opera Warhorses
San Francisco Opera opens with tepid Cav/Pag
11 Sep 18 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Double exposure
11 Sep 18 / parterre box
‘Cavalleria Rusticana,’ ‘Pagliacci’ stir emotions at War Memorial Opera House
11 Sep 18 / San Francisco Examiner
SF Opera opens its season at a boil, with a thrilling double bill of ‘Cav/Pag’
9 Sep 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
Cavalleria Rusticana

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 8

A Cav & Pag double bill with virtues and flaws at San Francisco Opera
3 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
Joshua Kosman’s all wrong on Cav/Pag at SF Opera
23 Sep 18 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
A second look at San Francisco Opera’s “Cavalleria Rusticana”
22 Sep 18 / Opera Warhorses
Nicely sung, brilliantly staged
15 Sep 18 / Opera Warhorses
Double exposure
11 Sep 18 / parterre box
‘Cavalleria Rusticana,’ ‘Pagliacci’ stir emotions at War Memorial Opera House
11 Sep 18 / San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Opera opens with tepid Cav/Pag
11 Sep 18 / San Francisco Classical Voice
SF Opera opens its season at a boil, with a thrilling double bill of ‘Cav/Pag’
9 Sep 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
Der Ring des Nibelungen

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 32

Full cycle: C'era una volta in America
25 Jul 18 / L'Ape musicale
Full cycle: Wagner’s Ring an overwhelming marathon of music
22 Jul 18 / The Toronto Star
Siegfried: An heroic, passionate “Siegfried”
7 Jul 18 / Opera Warhorses
Götterdämmerung: Theorin, Brenna triumphant in Zambello’s “Götterdämmerung”
7 Jul 18 / Opera Warhorses
Die Walküre: Francesca Zambello’s Iconic “Walküre”
30 Jun 18 / Opera Warhorses
Siegfried: A gritty Siegfried continues the San Francisco Opera Ring
26 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Segfried/Götterdämmerung: Why SF Opera’s ‘Ring’ festival has been a stunning revelation
26 Jun 18 / Mercury News
Götterdämmerung: The Zambello Ring is big, and particularly Götterdämmerung is huge
25 Jun 18 / Opera Today
Siegfried: A Ring given truly rich life by conductor Donald Runnicles and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra
25 Jun 18 / Opera Today
Das Rheingold: Another Zambello Ring cycle begins
23 Jun 18 / Opera Warhorses
Die Walküre: Valkyries parachute into San Francisco
23 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Full cycle: Revived staging, revivified concept sharpen S.F. Ring
23 Jun 18 / Classical Voice North America
Das Rheingold: A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring
21 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
Götterdämmerung: Zambello's finely-judged Ring goes up in flames leaving the women to inherit what's left of the earth
20 Jun 18 / Limelight
Full cycle: S.F. Opera's Ring still resonates
20 Jun 18 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Götterdämerung: SF Opera’s Ring cycle ends with a whimper
20 Jun 18 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Siegfried: A gripping production and fine acting count for much, but this Siegfried is still holding out for a hero
20 Jun 18 / Limelight
Die Walküre/Siegfried/Götterdämmerung: SF Opera completes triumphant ‘Ring’ again
20 Jun 18 / San Francisco Examiner
Siegfried: Wagner’s Siegfried is hard to take
20 Jun 18 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Full cycle: Runnicles and musicians deliver thrills in Zambello’s San Francisco Ring
20 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
Siegfried: Youth and age battle it out in SF Opera’s brilliantly vivid ‘Siegfried’
19 Jun 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
Götterdämmerung: With a fiery inferno, SF Opera’s ‘Götterdämmerung’ concludes a magnificent ‘Ring’ revival
19 Jun 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
Die Walküre: Die Walküre reaches the Ring's high point
17 Jun 18 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Das Rheingold: The Ring, or Wagner as scam artist
17 Jun 18 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Die Walküre: A strongly cast production with real gravitas makes for a very fine second instalment in Wagner's Ring cycle
15 Jun 18 / Limelight
Die Walküre: Iréne Theorin steps in as a dazzling Brünnhilde in SF Opera’s ‘Walküre’
15 Jun 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
Das Rheingold: A finely cast Rheingold makes an appropriately glittering start to Zambello's 'American' Ring
15 Jun 18 / Limelight
Das Rheingold/Die Walküre: Wagner’s mighty ‘Ring’ rocks the house at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House
15 Jun 18 / Mercury News
Die Walküre: San Francisco’s Ring ripped relentlessly into the shredded emotional lives of its gods and mortals
15 Jun 18 / Opera Today
Das Rheingold: Conductor Donald Runnicles is lord of the ‘Ring’ at SF Opera’s ‘Rheingold’
14 Jun 18 / San Francisco Chronicle
Das Rheingold: Wagner’s cumbersome nineteenth century mythology began unfolding last night here in Bayreuth-by-the-Bay
14 Jun 18 / Opera Today
Das Rheingold: SF Opera launches ‘Ring’ with shimmering ‘Rheingold’
14 Jun 18 / San Francisco Examiner
The 150 years of urgency
'The Ring of the Nibelung' at San Francisco Opera. An interview with visionary director Francesca Zambello.
New special effects for the Ring Cycle at S.F. Opera
"Lots of changes have been made to the production,” says Jeffery McMillan, senior communications manager at S.F. Opera. “Everything works on a new system, with one ‘mission control’ computer.”
In the Ring with Iréne Theorin
Fresh from a successful Ring Cycle in Vienna in April, Iréne Theorin is unexpectedly filling out her summer with a full complement of Brünnhildes at San Francisco Opera’s Ring Cycle.
Evelyn Herlitzius pulls out of SF Opera 'Ring'
Evelyn Herlitzius, who was to make her San Francisco Opera debut as Brünnhilde in Wagner’s “Ring” Cycle in June, has withdrawn from the production for health reasons. She will be replaced by Iréne Theorin.
Catching up with Evelyn Herlitzius
Anyone who has witnessed a live performance by soprano Evelyn Herlitzius or seen her on DVD is likely to come away with at least one common impression of her: intensity.
Ring resounds 'round town
As Ring fever heats up, S.F. Opera reaches out with surprising and fun new ancillary programs.
Turandot

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 17

San Francisco Opera wrapped up its 95th fall opera season just now with a bang up Turandot
14 Dec 17 / Opera Today
A Turandot to remember in San Francisco
7 Dec 17 / Bachtrack
Second time around, Turandot even better in San Francisco
30 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Stemme, Crocetto, Howard join cast
25 Nov 17 / Opera Warhorses
Exquisite Nina Stemme, Leah Crocetto, Brian Jagde lead socially relevant interpretation of Puccini masterwork
21 Nov 17 / OperaWire
Stemme headlines a glorious ‘Turandot’ revival at SF Opera
20 Nov 17 / South Florida Gay News
A second look
7 Oct 17 / Opera Warhorses
Homicidal princesses Elektra and Turandot at SF Opera
25 Sep 17 / SFist
Nicola Luisotti triggered timeless lyricism into the Puccini’s sonically massive score
18 Sep 17 / Opera Today
Sonic splendor, visual delight
16 Sep 17 / Opera Warhorses
A real fairy tale in the bay area led by Martina Serafin and Brian Jagde
15 Sep 17 / OperaWire
Hockney’s Turandot returns, vigorously refreshed
15 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
More questions for the Calaf
A conversation with Brian Jagde.
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News & Articles

The movies go to the opera
It’s a Wonderful Life comes to the War Memorial Opera House.
10 Nov 2018 / San Francisco Classical Voice
San Francisco Opera names Adler Fellows for 2019
For the 41st year, San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship has named participants in the program, which has assisted scores of young artists on their way to important careers.
9 Nov 2018 / San Francisco Classical Voice
San Francisco Opera removes David Daniels from production
The San Francisco Opera has dropped countertenor David Daniels from its June production of Handel’s “Orlando” in the wake of sexual assault allegations made against the singer.
9 Nov 2018 / San Francisco Chronicle
The 150 years of urgency
'The Ring of the Nibelung' at San Francisco Opera. An interview with visionary director Francesca Zambello.
18 Jun 2018 / Forbes
Evelyn Herlitzius pulls out of SF Opera 'Ring'
Evelyn Herlitzius, who was to make her San Francisco Opera debut as Brünnhilde in Wagner’s “Ring” Cycle in June, has withdrawn from the production for health reasons. She will be replaced by Iréne Theorin.
10 May 2018 / San Francisco Chronicle

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