Classical Music & Opera

COURTESY PHOTOSaint Michael Trio appears in Humanities West’s “Rockin’ the Sonata” program Friday at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre.

Humanities West kicks off season with info-concert

For the first time in its 31-year history, the rich and varied…

COURTESY PHOTOSaint Michael Trio appears in Humanities West’s “Rockin’ the Sonata” program Friday at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre.
COURTESY CORY WEAVERBrandon Jovanovich and Patricia Racette appear in San Francisco Opera’s long-awaited production of the American opera “Susannah.”

At last, 'Susannah' graces War Memorial stage

Saturday’s premiere of Carlisle Floyd's 1955 "Susannah" in the War Memorial Opera…

COURTESY CORY WEAVERBrandon Jovanovich and Patricia Racette appear in San Francisco Opera’s long-awaited production of the American opera “Susannah.”
COURTESY CORY WEAVERSondra Radvanovsky triumphed as Norma at the War Memorial Opera House in Friday’s opening of  San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season.

Radiant 'Norma' opens S.F. Opera season

Opera is a multimedia art of many elements, but sometimes a single…

COURTESY CORY WEAVERSondra Radvanovsky triumphed as Norma at the War Memorial Opera House in Friday’s opening of  San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season.

MTT, Raitt, Wang spiritedly open S.F. Symphony season

Michael Tilson Thomas has won 11 Grammys, earned a National Medal of…

COURTESY KENHOWARD/METROPOLITAN OPERAPatricia Racette portrays the title role the title role in “Susannah” in San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season.

Heroines sing out in SF Opera fall season

Heroines and divas have always been an essential component of opera's firmament,…

COURTESY KENHOWARD/METROPOLITAN OPERAPatricia Racette portrays the title role the title role in “Susannah” in San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season.
COURTESY MARTY SOHLNorma: The San Francisco Opera season opens with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece.

Fall arts 2014: Classical music

Operas, symphonies, new works and Baroque favorites: The Bay Area’s classical music…

COURTESY MARTY SOHLNorma: The San Francisco Opera season opens with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece.
COURTESY PHOTOAlexandra Sessler sings Mimi in West Edge Opera’s production of La Bohème.”

Soprano Alexandra Sessler sings Mimi weeks after cancer surgery

San Francisco soprano Alexandra Sessler isn’t letting cancer get in the way…

COURTESY PHOTOAlexandra Sessler sings Mimi in West Edge Opera’s production of La Bohème.”
Sarah Hicks leads the San Francisco Symphony this week in four concerts featuring music from Pixar movies and film clips.

SF Symphony serves up juicy summer concerts

If it’s summer in The City, then it’s time for “Summer &…

Sarah Hicks leads the San Francisco Symphony this week in four concerts featuring music from Pixar movies and film clips.
COURTESY yow kobayashiJazz pianist Makato Ozone appears with the San Francisco Symphony in an unusual classical-improvisaton program featuring works by Gershwin and Ravel.

Makato Ozone jazzes up Gershwin, Ravel

As if performing with jazz greats Gary Burton, Chick Corea and Branford…

COURTESY yow kobayashiJazz pianist Makato Ozone appears with the San Francisco Symphony in an unusual classical-improvisaton program featuring works by Gershwin and Ravel.
COURTESY DENNIS CALLAHANJeremy Denk’s “The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)” gets its Bay Area premiere at Ojai North in Berkeley this week.

Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven come alive in “An Opera (of Sorts)’

Jeremy Denk doesn’t mind admitting that his new opera started as a…

COURTESY DENNIS CALLAHANJeremy Denk’s “The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)” gets its Bay Area premiere at Ojai North in Berkeley this week.
COURTESY CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERABrian Jagde and Patricia Racette

SF Opera’s ‘Madama Butterfly' tugs at the heartstrings

Giacomo Puccini, Nicola Luisotti and Patricia Racette make the new San Francisco…

COURTESY CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERABrian Jagde and Patricia Racette
COURTESY CORY  WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERANicole Cabell as Violetta is among the highlights of San Francisco Opera’s summer production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

Fallen woman stands tall in SF Opera’s ‘Traviata’

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti is the hero of the…

COURTESY CORY  WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERANicole Cabell as Violetta is among the highlights of San Francisco Opera’s summer production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.”
COURTESY CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAMichael Todd Simpson

S.F. Opera's big, perplexing 'Show Boat'

San Francisco Opera’s opening of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Show…

COURTESY CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERAMichael Todd Simpson
COURTESY photoMountain View cellist Jeremy Tai

Teen cellist vies for international honors

For three years, since he was 12, Jeremy Tai has been in…

COURTESY photoMountain View cellist Jeremy Tai
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Summer arts preview: Classical and dance performances

Opera, symphonic and choral music will be in full bloom during a…

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COURTESY LISA-MARIE MAZZUCCOPianist Alessio Bax plays a solo recital this weekend at Music@Menlo in Atherton.

Alessio Bax tackles Beethoven’s most challenging sonata

Piano virtuoso Alessio Bax agrees with Beethoven about the demands of the…

COURTESY LISA-MARIE MAZZUCCOPianist Alessio Bax plays a solo recital this weekend at Music@Menlo in Atherton.
Courtesy photoThe seventh Switchboard Music Festival features an appearance by the renowned San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet.

Switchboard festival defies genres

The indefinable is the norm at the annual Switchboard Music Festival. Now…

Courtesy photoThe seventh Switchboard Music Festival features an appearance by the renowned San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet.
COURTESY PHOTOSheli Nan is the composer of  “SAGA of the 21st Century Girl.”

Performers make most of ‘SAGA of the 21st Century Girl’

If “SAGA of the 21st Century Girl” is the rock opera thriller…

COURTESY PHOTOSheli Nan is the composer of  “SAGA of the 21st Century Girl.”
COURTESY Alessandro DobiciGreek singer Mario Frangoulis

Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis sings for his homeland

The complexity of music is never “all Greek” to celebrated tenor Mario…

COURTESY Alessandro DobiciGreek singer Mario Frangoulis
courtesy photoMusic director Nicholas McGegan leads the period orchestra and vocalists in concerts this week.

Philharmonia to play Vivaldi’s Biblical beheading

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s Nicholas McGegan, an eminently civilized and mild-mannered alumnus of…

courtesy photoMusic director Nicholas McGegan leads the period orchestra and vocalists in concerts this week.