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Turandot

San Francisco Opera


No. of reviews: 11

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
SF Opera’s ‘Turandot’ takes flight toward the end
10 Sep 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
Vivid, commanding S.F. Opera ‘Turandot’
10 Sep 17 / San Francisco Examiner
More questions for the Calaf
A conversation with Brian Jagde.
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
‘Elektra’ makes triumphant return to Opera House
11 Sep 17 / San Francisco Examiner
SF Opera serves up a stunning ‘Elektra’
11 Sep 17 / San Francisco Chronicle
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

There was no room for the elephants
27 Nov 16 / Mundo Clásico (English)
No cabían los elefantes
27 Nov 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
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
A hieroglyphic hodgepodge for SF Opera’s ‘Aida’
7 Nov 16 / San Francisco Chronicle
Aida’ settles into its clarity and power at San Francisco Opera
7 Nov 16 / Mercury News
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 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
A fiercely seductive soprano in SF Opera’s ‘Makropulos’
16 Oct 16 / San Francisco Chronicle
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
Don Pasquale is a most welcome visitor
6 Oct 16 / Opera Today
Bringing the spirit of opera buffa
6 Oct 16 / Bay Area Reporter
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
Andrea Chénier returns to the War Memorial after 23 years
21 Sep 16 / Opera Today
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.
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News & Articles

Nicola Luisotti came of age as a conductor at the SF Opera
Luisotti makes his exit at the San FranciscoOpera, an older and wiser conductor.
11 Oct 2017 / San Francisco Chronicle
Adrianne Pieczonka
On Chrysothemis in San Francisco Opera’s production of “Elektra.”
14 Sep 2017 / The Huffington Post
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.
6 Sep 2017 / San Francisco Classical Voice
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