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Così fan tutte

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Nicole Cabell, Irene Roberts, Ben Bliss and company shine in dazzling new production
28 Nov 21 / OperaWire
Nicely sung, imaginatively staged
27 Nov 21 / Opera Warhorses
Let’s twist again
25 Nov 21 / parterre box
SF Opera’s country club Così fan tutte deftly probes deeper emotions
24 Nov 21 / San Francisco Classical Voice
San Francisco Opera’s fresh and winning take on Così fan tutte
24 Nov 21 / Seen and Heard
A magnificent new ‘Così fan tutte’ at S.F. Opera embraces joy and heartbreak
23 Nov 21 / San Francisco Chronicle
Fidelio

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Elza van den Heever and Russell Thomas lead wondrous rendition of Beethoven’s ‘Cri de Coeur’
4 Nov 21 / OperaWire
Soprano Elza van den Heever shone as the Fidelio of your dreams
23 Oct 21 / Opera Today
A memorable experience
23 Oct 21 / Opera Warhorses
The big cube
20 Oct 21 / parterre box
SF Opera’s Fidelio is more than worth the wait
19 Oct 21 / San Francisco Classical Voice
A well-thought-out production with an outstanding cast
17 Oct 21 / Broadway World
Elza van den Heever, Matthew Ozawa and Eun Sun Kim bring distinction and glory to SFO’s new Fidelio
17 Oct 21 / Seen and Heard
S.F. Opera’s new ‘Fidelio’ uses chain-link fences and video monitors in a political parable
16 Oct 21 / San Francisco Chronicle
Tosca

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Ailyn Pérez , Michael Fabiano, Alfred Walker and Soloman Howard excel in a memorable “Tosca”
18 Sep 21 / Opera Warhorses
San Francisco Opera reopens with Puccini’s Tosca
5 Sep 21 / The Berkeley Daily Planet
Eun Sun Kim led a Tosca of unusual colors and accents
24 Aug 21 / San Francisco Classical Voice
SF Opera returns to War Memorial with fittingly impassioned ‘Tosca’
23 Aug 21 / San Francisco Examiner
S.F. Opera returns on a grand scale with ‘Tosca’ to delight vaccinated crowd
23 Aug 21 / San Francisco Chronicle
Surprise marriage proposal adds sparkle to ‘Tosca’ closer
Bass Soloman Howard proposed marriage to soprano Ailyn Pérez during the curtain call at San Francisco Opera’s final production of “Tosca” on September 5.
On pandemics and parapets
Soprano Ailyn Pérez talks about Tosca and tough times.
Il barbiere di Siviglia

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 8

SF Opera outdoors: Rossini gets big stage as ‘Barber’ gets a trim
8 May 21 / Classical Voice North America
Rossini at the drive-in, as San Francisco Opera returns
1 May 21 / New York Times
It is jaw-dropping grand opera by all standards
29 Apr 21 / Opera Today
San Francisco Opera does Rossini’s Barber live at the drive-in
27 Apr 21 / Seen and Heard
SF Opera’s live Barber of Seville creates delight out of necessity
27 Apr 21 / San Francisco Classical Voice
With a joyful, compressed ‘Barber’ production, S.F. Opera restarts live performance at last
25 Apr 21 / San Francisco Chronicle
The sound of cacophonous car horns was most welcome at the end of the performance
25 Apr 21 / Broadway World
San Francisco Opera’s clever ‘Barber’ lights up the drive-in
25 Apr 21 / San Francisco Examiner
Manon Lescaut

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 8

San Francisco Opera’s magnificent “Manon Lescaut”: A second look
7 Dec 19 / Opera Warhorses
Strangers when we meet
19 Nov 19 / parterre box
Lianna Haroutounian is in her vocal prime, may it endure for years to come
16 Nov 19 / Opera Today
A passionate “Manon Lescaut” led by Luisotti, Haroutounian and Jagde
16 Nov 19 / Opera Warhorses
Manon Lescaut pits love against money (and neither wins)
13 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Overall, San Francisco Opera’s “Manon Lescaut” came through, and rose to a moving finale
12 Nov 19 / OperaWire
Favorite principals appeal in San Francisco Opera’s ‘Manon Lescaut’
11 Nov 19 / San Francisco Examiner
A party girl gets her comeuppance
10 Nov 19 / San Francisco Chronicle
Hansel und Gretel

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 7

A new “family friendly” production first seen last holiday season at London’s Royal Opera House
23 Nov 19 / Opera Today
A “must see” San Francisco Opera production of “Hansel and Gretel”
23 Nov 19 / Opera Warhorses
Grimm and proper
20 Nov 19 / parterre box
Sasha Cooke and Heidi Stober shine in Disney-fied take on classic tale
20 Nov 19 / OperaWire
SF Opera’s Hansel and Gretel is a visual delight
19 Nov 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
The kids come out on top in SF Opera’s charming ‘Hansel and Gretel’
17 Nov 19 / San Francisco Chronicle
SF Opera sets holiday mood with gentler, charming ‘Hansel and Gretel’
17 Nov 19 / San Francisco Examiner
Le nozze di Figaro

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Take care of this house
23 Oct 19 / parterre box
San Francisco Opera rolled out the first installment of its new Mozart/DaPonte trilogy ... to lively if mixed result
21 Oct 19 / Opera Today
Arresting new production for “Marriage of Figaro”
19 Oct 19 / Opera Warhorses
SF Opera’s Figaro is early American: Susanna with fife
19 Oct 19 / Classical Voice North America
An American Figaro in San Francisco — and it works
16 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Jeanin De Bique, Serena Malfi, Nicole Heaston lead fantastic cast in Mozart’s masterpiece
15 Oct 19 / OperaWire
SF Opera’s new Figaro sets the mind soaring
15 Oct 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
An American ‘Figaro,’ done with beauty and verve at SF Opera
13 Oct 19 / San Francisco Chronicle
New production fine match for SF Opera’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’
13 Oct 19 / San Francisco Examiner
The racial fault lines in opera
Casting of San Francisco Opera’s ‘Figaro’ lays bare the racial fault lines in opera.
All-American Figaro inaugurates SF Opera trilogy
The idea to link the three Mozart/Da Ponte operas — Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, — didn’t come to director Michael Cavanaugh in a flash; it was a little more gradual.
A voice to be heard
A conversation With Jeanine De Bique.
Roméo et Juliette

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Roméo et Juliette in San Francisco (bis)
8 Oct 19 / Opera Today
The star-crossed lovers were entrapped in an opera mess worlds away from the smooth elegance of Gounod’s score
20 Sep 19 / Opera Today
Pene Pati and Nadine Sierra brilliant in Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet”
14 Sep 19 / Opera Warhorses
Get this Pati started
10 Sep 19 / parterre box
Nadine Sierra and Pene Pati deliver all you could hope for
10 Sep 19 / OperaWire
In SF Opera’s ‘Romeo,’ the tenor understudy walks off with the show
8 Sep 19 / San Francisco Chronicle
Pene Pati, Nadine Sierra shine in titular role debuts
8 Sep 19 / San Francisco Examiner
Composers beware
Shakespearean opera is a dangerous game.
Trump protest disrupts 2019 SF Opera Ball
Two protesters of President Trump disrupted the opening of the 97th season of the San Francisco Opera, hoping to call out what they say were the GOP supporters in the crowd.
Tenor pulls out of SF Opera’s ‘Romeo’ days before opening night
Bryan Hymel, who was slated to sing the title role in the San Francisco Opera’s production of Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” has withdrawn from the entire run of the opera, citing “personal reasons.”
Billy Budd

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 10

An exemplary cast in an exemplary production, and enlightened conducting
24 Sep 19 / Opera Today
From Glyndebourne, a triumphant Billy Budd comes to San Francisco
23 Sep 19 / Seen and Heard
SF Opera keeps the HMS Indomitable shipshape
18 Sep 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
An indomitable “Billy Budd”
14 Sep 19 / Opera Warhorses
Billy Budd swells SF Opera sails in billowing triumph
14 Sep 19 / Classical Voice North America
Miss me blond
12 Sep 19 / parterre box
John Chest leads a vibrant revival of Britten’s masterpiece
11 Sep 19 / OperaWire
SF Opera delivers a near-perfect production of Britten’s Billy Budd
10 Sep 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
All male cast dazzles in Britten opera about good vs. evil
10 Sep 19 / San Francisco Examiner
‘Billy Budd’ an evocative but suspect fable of good and evil at SF Opera
9 Sep 19 / San Francisco Chronicle
Why ‘Billy Budd’ is the opera of 2019
Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd” may have premiered in London in 1951, but it feels like the opera of America in 2019.
Baritone, John Chest
John Chest reflects on his journey to Billy Budd.
Rusalka

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Watching ‘Rusalka,’ a liberal dystopian opera, in liberal dystopian San Francisco
1 Jul 19 / San Francisco Chronicle
In San Francisco, Dvořák’s magnificently dark fairy tale
27 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
No happy ending, but a glorious opera
26 Jun 19 / Bay Area Reporter
Under the silver lake
26 Jun 19 / parterre box
San Francisco Opera offers a dark, powerful Rusalka
26 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Beautiful singing, insightful drama
22 Jun 19 / Opera Warhorses
Shadowy, fairy-tale ‘Rusalka’ is SF Opera at its best
18 Jun 19 / San Francisco Chronicle
SF Opera bewitches with ‘Rusalka’
18 Jun 19 / San Francisco Examiner
Everything is right with Rusalka
18 Jun 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Orlando

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Exquisite Handelian singing in San Francisco Opera's Orlando
25 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Countertenor outshines flashy Orlando cast in San Francisco
19 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
Handel was both victim and survivor of the San Francisco Opera’s Orlando
19 Jun 19 / Opera Today
A finely sung “Orlando” melds Handel’s seductive music with Harry Fehr’s surreal staging
15 Jun 19 / Opera Warhorses
Handel’s best score gets solid music performance despite questionable production
13 Jun 19 / OperaWire
Handel’s Orlando is riveting at S.F. Opera
12 Jun 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
In SF Opera’s ‘Orlando’ a clever modern setting obscures the artistic truth
11 Jun 19 / San Francisco Chronicle
‘Orlando’ makes victorious return to War Memorial Opera House
11 Jun 19 / San Francisco Examiner
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.
Carmen

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 7

A razzle-dazzle, bloodless Carmen
13 Jun 19 / Opera Today
Nice nice baby
11 Jun 19 / parterre box
San Francisco Opera plays Carmen with a heavy hand
9 Jun 19 / San Francisco Classical Voice
Francesca Zambello’s theatrically compelling “Carmen”
8 Jun 19 / Opera Warhorses
In SF Opera’s ‘Carmen,’ a secondary character steals the show
7 Jun 19 / San Francisco Chronicle
SF Opera’s ‘Carmen’ enchants with zesty performance
7 Jun 19 / San Francisco Examiner
First-timers in Bizet’s classic yield uneven results in San Francisco
7 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
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
The movies go to the opera
It’s a Wonderful Life comes to the War Memorial Opera House.
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News & Articles

San Francisco Opera names John Keene chorus director
John Keene, who is currently the Seattle Opera’s head of music staff and chorus master, will join the staff of the San Francisco Opera in January as chorus director.
8 Dec 2021 / San Francisco Chronicle
Looking back and ahead as SF Opera prepares to turn 100
San Francisco Opera will turn 100 years old during the 2022–2023 season, which is just around the corner.
1 Dec 2021 / San Francisco Classical Voice
For SFO’s Fidelio director, the Beethoven opera is personal
Matthew Ozawa sees a vital beacon of hope for the downtrodden in the opera’s dramatic arc.
15 Sep 2021 / San Francisco Classical Voice
San Francisco Opera House renovation complete in time for ‘Tosca’
Assuming everything goes according to plan, the War Memorial Opera House will once again reopen its doors for live performance on Saturday, Aug. 21, with new more comfortable seats for its audiences.
19 Aug 2021 / San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Opera to require proof of vaccination for patrons
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent surge in delta variant cases, the company said it would now require proof of vaccination for all patrons age 12 and older.
29 Jul 2021 / San Francisco Chronicle