"Romeo and Juliet" without Shakespeare – it’s a seemingly impossible prospect. Yet that's what San Francisco Opera is serving up in "The Capulets and the Montagues," a messy production that surprisingly turns into a rare musical treat featuring vocal brilliance.
Vincenzo Bellini and his hapless librettist discarded Shakespeare and came up with their own static, nonsensical version of the story in the 1830 opera. Read More
When Kansas-born mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato walks onstage Monday night in Herbst Theatre, she will return to the city that rewarded her with her first major operatic leading role.
She also revisits assured that her new Rossini recital on EMI Classics, “Colbran the Muse,” has further secured her reputation as our generation’s pre-eminent American mezzo-soprano in the operas of Rossini and Handel. Read More