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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
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: Another Zambello Ring cycle begins
23 Jun 18 / Opera Warhorses
Das Rheingold: A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring
21 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
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
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: 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
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
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: SF Opera launches ‘Ring’ with shimmering ‘Rheingold’
14 Jun 18 / San Francisco Examiner
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
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
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.
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
Where to look for treasure in California's new gold rush? Try John Adams' new opera
27 Nov 17 / Los Angeles Times
Too much pyrite, not enough gold in Adams world premiere
27 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
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
John Adams’ latest work thrills in Act Two, though opera as whole lacks cohesion
23 Nov 17 / OperaWire
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 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
An exquisitely sung “Manon” with Ellie Dehn and Michael Fabiano
11 Nov 17 / Opera Warhorses
This was Fabiano’s night
11 Nov 17 / Opera News
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
‘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
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News & Articles

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
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

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