Béla Bartók’s “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” is yet another modern opera filling The City’s performance halls this summer.
Directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony is presenting a semi-staged version of the challenging, rewarding work at Davies Symphony Hall this week in a program also featuring Jeremy Denk performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Read More
Light in the Grove: On Wednesday, the National AIDS Memorial Grove held a fundraiser — the first of its kind — marking its 20th anniversary. Held at the grove in Golden Gate Park, the “evening of remembrance and renewal” honored Pat Christen, former executive director of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and current president and CEO of HopeLab. Read More
S.F. Opera Celebrates the Ring Cycle: On June 20, George and Charlotte Shultz hosted a party celebrating San Francisco Opera’s three complete cycles of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring Des Nibelungen” (The Ring of the Nibelung), the composer’s epic four-opera cycle widely considered one of the greatest works ever conceived for the operatic stage. Guests included S.F. Opera officials, sponsors and cast members, including baritones Mark Delavan and Gordon Hawkins.
The one great thing about being mayor is you become more cultured – or at least appear to be so. Mayor Gavin Newsom is ending the week with plans to show up with his wife to the San Francisco Opera’s 88th season opening night performance Friday night, with dinner at City Hall. Read More
The San Francisco Opera company is in talks to build a new rehearsal facility next to its performance headquarters in the War Memorial Complex.
The opera company conducts performances in one of the three buildings that were constructed in the early 1930s to create the group of striking stone structures near City Hall. Read More
Eighty-eight years after its sensational premiere in Germany, Erich Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” (The Dead City) arrived at the San Francisco Opera on Tuesday night in a production for which few adjectives seem adequate, but we’ll go with splendid. Read More
“The Bonesetter’s Daughter”: On Saturday, San Francisco Opera opened their highly anticipated production of “The Bonesetter’s Daughter,” which was adapted from the best-selling novel by Amy Tan, featuring music by Stewart Wallace. Guests enjoyed dinner in the Green Room, followed by the performance. Read More
“These are the things I know,” begins Amy Tan’s “The Bonesetter’s Daughter.” These are the things I know after San Francisco Opera’s Saturday world premiere of the opera by Stewart Wallace, with Tan’s libretto: Read More
If you are among the few who are unfamiliar with the writings of San Francisco author Amy Tan, remedy that woeful omission and begin the easy way, by looking up her online account of dealing with Lyme disease. Read More