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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
Hockney’s Turandot returns, vigorously refreshed
15 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
A real fairy tale in the bay area led by Martina Serafin and Brian Jagde
15 Sep 17 / OperaWire
A colorful Turandot opens the San Francisco Opera season
14 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
S.F. Opera’s Turandot is still stunning
13 Sep 17 / San Francisco Classical Voice
This is a man’s world
12 Sep 17 / parterre box
Vivid, commanding S.F. Opera ‘Turandot’
10 Sep 17 / San Francisco Examiner
SF Opera’s ‘Turandot’ takes flight toward the end
10 Sep 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
More questions for the Calaf
A conversation with Brian Jagde.
Girls of the Golden West

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 16

John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West fails to find the mother lode
13 Dec 17 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Golden wreck
12 Dec 17 / parterre box
World premiere by John Adams and Peter Sellars
4 Dec 17 / Berkshire Fine Arts
John Adams’ eighth opera takes his now astonishing sonic and dramatic vocabulary to ever greater depths
1 Dec 17 / Opera Today
It offers a richly imagined score, a libretto drawn from historical sources, and an affectingly staged production
28 Nov 17 / Opera News
Too much pyrite, not enough gold in Adams world premiere
27 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Where to look for treasure in California's new gold rush? Try John Adams' new opera
27 Nov 17 / Los Angeles Times
John Adams’s opera offers an arresting vision of California during the gold rush
25 Nov 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Mining for gold: new Adams opera finds darker veins
25 Nov 17 / Classical Voice North America
John Adams’ new opera proves there’s gold in them thar girls
24 Nov 17 / Limelight
Eureka! Triumphant new John Adams Gold Rush opera premieres in SF
23 Nov 17 / Mercury News
‘Girls of the Golden West’ is nothing like your high school history book
23 Nov 17 / KQED
The dark side of the gold: John Adams Girls of the Golden West gets its world première in San Francisco
23 Nov 17 / Bachtrack
With ‘Girls,’ S.F. Opera pans for gold and comes up empty.
23 Nov 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
S.F. Opera’s ‘Girls of the Golden West’ rich with talent
23 Nov 17 / San Francisco Examiner
John Adams’ latest work thrills in Act Two, though opera as whole lacks cohesion
23 Nov 17 / OperaWire
John Adams seeks gold with a California opera
John Adams and Peter Sellars’s Girls of the Golden West is set to open at the San Francisco Opera this week.
Has all of opera's gold already been mined? John Adams thinks not
Hiking in California’s gold country with John Adams, an enfant-terrible-turned-elder-statesman whose new Gold Rush opera is definitely not Puccini’s.
Manon

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 6

The pleasure of her company
23 Nov 17 / parterre box
This was Fabiano’s night
11 Nov 17 / Opera News
An exquisitely sung “Manon” with Ellie Dehn and Michael Fabiano
11 Nov 17 / Opera Warhorses
This masterful Broussard production is not to be missed
9 Nov 17 / Opera Today
S.F. Opera’s Manon earns full marks
8 Nov 17 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Fabiano steps up to rescue a lackluster ‘Manon’ at SF Opera
6 Nov 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
Q&A Ellie Dehn
On her role debut as ‘Manon’ at the San Francisco Opera.
La Traviata

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 8

As time goes on, I realize just what you mean to me
4 Oct 17 / parterre box
A beautifully sung Traviata
3 Oct 17 / Opera Today
An engaging “La Traviata” in John Copley’s classic production
30 Sep 17 / Opera Warhorses
High-powered cast breathes life into a Traviata revival
28 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
A sensational La Traviata
28 Sep 17 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
This Traviata shows its age
27 Sep 17 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Principal performances energize SF Opera ‘La Traviata’ revival
26 Sep 17 / San Francisco Examiner
At SF Opera, 3 strong debuts add up to a powerful ‘Traviata’
25 Sep 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
Elektra

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Homicidal princesses Elektra and Turandot at SF Opera
25 Sep 17 / SFist
A resounding, terrifying, brilliant Elektra
20 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
A breathtaking Elektra at San Francisco Opera
19 Sep 17 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Christine Goerke is in prime form vocally, and showed herself well capable of withstanding Elektra’s extended vocal tortures
18 Sep 17 / Opera Today
Goerke, Pieczonka in a gory, gloriously sung night at the museum
16 Sep 17 / Opera Warhorses
S.F. Opera Elektra shocks, provokes, and overwhelms
16 Sep 17 / Classical Voice North America
Christine Goerke is powerful in San Francisco’s ‘Elektra’
15 Sep 17 / OperaWire
Strauss’s Elektra as it should be
13 Sep 17 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Seriously? Right in front of mycenae?
12 Sep 17 / parterre box
At the SF Opera, ‘Elektra’ and the wages of vengeance
12 Sep 17 / The Reporter
SF Opera serves up a stunning ‘Elektra’
11 Sep 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
‘Elektra’ makes triumphant return to Opera House
11 Sep 17 / San Francisco Examiner
After vocal setbacks, a powerful new voice for Goerke
Christine Goerke almost walked away from opera, right in the middle of her career.
Christine Goerke takes on opera’s heavyweights
The American soprano Christine Goerke is back at San Francisco Opera to sing the title role in Richard Strauss’s Elektra, a part she has performed to great acclaim around the world.
Elektrifying
A short opera with a big soprano.
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
Mozart's genius shines clearly in San Francisco Opera's darkly comic production of Don Giovanni
8 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
A seductive ‘Don Giovanni’ on the prowl at SF Opera
8 Jun 17 / Mercury News
Mozart the clear winner at S.F. Opera Don Giovanni
7 Jun 17 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Dynamic duo rules SF Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’
6 Jun 17 / San Francisco Examiner
SF Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’ has cathartic moments amid lapses
6 Jun 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
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
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News & Articles

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
S.F. Opera announces 2018-19 season, with debuts by 6 conductors
The season, which with the traditional double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci,” and runs through June 2019, comprises only eight productions down from the traditional ten.
18 Jan 2018 / San Francisco Chronicle
David Hockney receives S.F. Opera’s highest award
Hockney, 80, was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s most prestigious award.
5 Dec 2017 / San Francisco Chronicle
John Adams seeks gold with a California opera
John Adams and Peter Sellars’s Girls of the Golden West is set to open at the San Francisco Opera this week.
22 Nov 2017 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Q&A Ellie Dehn
On her role debut as ‘Manon’ at the San Francisco Opera.
1 Nov 2017 / OperaWire