He has Old World manners, exquisite and unaffected politeness, a brilliant mind and a wicked but benign sense of humor.
The slight man with a beret is Donald Pippin. Still going strong at 86, he’s been an idol of Bay Area opera lovers for six eventful decades.
Exactly 60 years ago, Pippin started bringing chamber music and opera to the hungry i and Opus One in North Beach, tickling the ivories at the original Spaghetti Factory. Read More
Donald Pippin must be a magician. Out of a bare-bones set, an orchestra of nine (including himself at the piano) and a cast of mainly local artists, the diminutive octogenarian’s small opera company, Pocket Opera, presents some of the most enjoyable and vital operatic experiences in the Bay Area.In addition to Pippin’s knack for casting singers with tremendous verve and appeal, the beret-clad elf intersperses their singing with his own wry spoken commentary. Read More