Classical Music & Opera

COURTESY LENA ZENTALLFrom left

Left Coast performs ‘Quartet for the End of Time’

Since the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble was founded by San Francisco violist-composer…

COURTESY LENA ZENTALLFrom left
COURTESY CHRISTINA WILTONPaul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs carries torch for organists

For Paul Jacobs, as it was for organists Olivier Messiaen and J.…

COURTESY CHRISTINA WILTONPaul Jacobs
COURTESY ADRIAN BONIFACIOFrom left

Cellist Emil Miland and pals play Noe Valley

To celebrate a highly anticipated return to its renovated home at the…

COURTESY ADRIAN BONIFACIOFrom left
COURTESY  PHOTOMalcolm McDowell joins the San Francisco Symphony for Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale.”

Malcolm McDowell, SF Symphony dance with the devil

From Daniel Webster to Faust, making deals with the devil has long…

COURTESY  PHOTOMalcolm McDowell joins the San Francisco Symphony for Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale.”
COURTESY SAN FRANCISCO PERFOMANCESComposer Lera Auderbach appears in a concert of her own works presented by San Francisco Performances.

2015 performing arts picks

As the new year begins, The City's symphony and ballet companies are…

COURTESY SAN FRANCISCO PERFOMANCESComposer Lera Auderbach appears in a concert of her own works presented by San Francisco Performances.
COURTESY  PHOTOSan Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley will conclude a 44-year opera management career in 2016.

David Gockley to exit S.F. Opera with big 2015-16 season

San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 season, announced today by General Director David Gockley,…

COURTESY  PHOTOSan Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley will conclude a 44-year opera management career in 2016.
COURTESY STEFAN COHEN/ SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONYSoundBox

S.F. Symphony's SoundBox breaks new ground

Out of the concert hall and away from some typical constraints of…

COURTESY STEFAN COHEN/ SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONYSoundBox
COURTESY DAVID ALLENRagazzi Continuo – a group of alumni from Ragazzi Boys Chorus – presents its holiday concert “Tidings of Comfort” this weekend.

Ragazzi singers grow into Continuo

Ravi Raval was just 8 years old when he joined Ragazzi, the…

COURTESY DAVID ALLENRagazzi Continuo – a group of alumni from Ragazzi Boys Chorus – presents its holiday concert “Tidings of Comfort” this weekend.
COURTESY ANNIE NUNANFrom left

104-year-old Pacific Musical Society supports young musicians

Founded in 1910, San Francisco's Pacific Musical Society has helped launch hundreds…

COURTESY ANNIE NUNANFrom left
COURTESY PIER ANDREA MOROLLIPianist Garrick Ohlsson plays two programs of works by Scriabin presented by San Francisco Performances.

Garrick Ohlsson champions Alexander Scriabin

San Francisco piano virtuoso Garrick Ohlsson is proud to take on Alexander…

COURTESY PIER ANDREA MOROLLIPianist Garrick Ohlsson plays two programs of works by Scriabin presented by San Francisco Performances.
COURTESY SIMON FOWLERFinnish conductor Susanna Mälkki directs the San Francisco Symphony in two concerts this weekend.

Finland’s Susanna Mälkki leads S.F. Symphony

Susanna Mälkki, who made her San Francisco Symphony debut two years ago,…

COURTESY SIMON FOWLERFinnish conductor Susanna Mälkki directs the San Francisco Symphony in two concerts this weekend.
COURTESY CORY  WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAMichael Fabiano and Alexia Voulgaridou appear in the perennial San Francisco Opera favorite "La Bohème."

S.F. Opera 'Bohème' does double duty

Good things come in pairs at the San Francisco Opera's new production…

COURTESY CORY  WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAMichael Fabiano and Alexia Voulgaridou appear in the perennial San Francisco Opera favorite "La Bohème."
COURTESY VINCENT SOYEZVirtuoso Dan Tepfer approaches Bach with mathematical and emotional precision.

Dan Tepfer brilliantly improvises Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’

They may originally have been written intending to help with sleepless nights,…

COURTESY VINCENT SOYEZVirtuoso Dan Tepfer approaches Bach with mathematical and emotional precision.
COURTESY CORY  WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAMark Delavan and Lianna Haroutounian appear in San Francisco Opera’s revival of Puccini’s popular “Tosca.”

Petite soprano stands tall in S.F. Opera's 'Tosca'

Even though tenor Brian Jagde and baritone Mark Delavan towered over her,…

COURTESY CORY  WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAMark Delavan and Lianna Haroutounian appear in San Francisco Opera’s revival of Puccini’s popular “Tosca.”
COURTESY OTAK JUMP/WEST BAY OPERAJames Callon portrays Manrico in West Bay Opera's “Il Trovatore.”

Red-hot Verdi at West Bay Opera

The state's second oldest opera company, West Bay Opera, born in 1955,…

COURTESY OTAK JUMP/WEST BAY OPERAJames Callon portrays Manrico in West Bay Opera's “Il Trovatore.”
COURTESY CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAFrom left

‘Partenope’: Handel á la Cirque du Soleil at S.F. Opera

Spectacular singing and acrobatics meet to offer unusual entertainment in San Francisco's…

COURTESY CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAFrom left
COURTESY CM LIMADaniela Serna

Music diplomacy project brings artists to Saratoga

An array of young musicians from Colombia, Brazil, India, Zimbabwe, the U.S.…

COURTESY CM LIMADaniela Serna
CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAJulianna Di Giacomo makes an impressive mainstage debut as Amelia in San Francisco Opera’s "A Masked Ball.”

'A Masked Ball' is a Verdi treasure

On the night of the San Francisco Giants' epic 18-inning win against…

CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAJulianna Di Giacomo makes an impressive mainstage debut as Amelia in San Francisco Opera’s "A Masked Ball.”
Photo by Cory Weaver/San Francisco OperaFrom left: Opera Association President Keith Geeslin

Acclaimed S.F. Opera boss to depart

Known around the world as a (soft-spoken) lion among art managers, S.F.…

Photo by Cory Weaver/San Francisco OperaFrom left: Opera Association President Keith Geeslin
COURTESY JUERGEN FRANKViolinist Jennifer Koh is guest soloist for Berkeley Symphony’s season opener this week.

Violinist Jennifer Koh champions contemporary music

Pulitzer-winning composer Virgil Thomson, in his inaugural piece for the New York…

COURTESY JUERGEN FRANKViolinist Jennifer Koh is guest soloist for Berkeley Symphony’s season opener this week.