Composer Nolan Gasser’s opera “The Secret Garden,” based on the moving story from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic 1910 book, is a feast for the eyes and ears.
The joint San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances presentation is meant to attract families. Sunday’s matinee audience at Zellerbach Hall was filled with young folks who were quietly attentive and enthusiastic with applause.
David Gockley is again the catalyst for a rare venture: an opera created with families in mind.
With Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” among the few operas written for children, the San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances aim to add to the under-represented genre with “The Secret Garden.”
Once the famed bad boy of dance, Mark Morris is now known as the grand old man of the genre — the characterization having more to do with the nature of his art, rather than his age, 55. The choreographer, whose 1989 “Dido and Aeneas” returns to Cal Performances in Berkeley this weekend for the first time in a decade, has gone from infamous to truly famous — not so much because he has changed, but because the world has caught up with his quirky, imaginative and sincere creations. Read More