Classical Music & Opera

Courtesy photoChristine Brewer joins the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus this week for two performances of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem

Christine Brewer is big on Britten’s War Requiem

Christine Brewer has spent much of her career on opera stages. But…

Courtesy photoChristine Brewer joins the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus this week for two performances of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem
courtesy photoNew Century Chamber Orchestra presents the world of a piece by American composer Michael Daugherty.

New Century Chamber Orchestra premieres Michael Daugherty’s ‘Fallingwater’

Like Aaron Copland, considered by many the guiding light of American composers,…

courtesy photoNew Century Chamber Orchestra presents the world of a piece by American composer Michael Daugherty.
In his local debut

S.F. Opera’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ a funny, melodious treat

Rossini’s delightful warhorse, the 1816 “The Barber of Seville,” is being served…

In his local debut
COURTESY PHOTOIn his local debut

S.F. Opera's 'Barber' a funny, melodious treat

Rossini's delightful warhorse, the 1816 "Barber of Seville," is being served up…

COURTESY PHOTOIn his local debut
courtesy photoS.F. Gay Men’s Chorus vocalists Marina Harris and Matt Alber join the holiday program “Shine” at the opera house; the group also presents its 24th annual “Home for the Holidays” in three performances on Christmas Eve.

Holiday music: Choral and classical

MESSIAHS S.F. City Chorus: Larry Marietta directs the open-community chorus in the…

courtesy photoS.F. Gay Men’s Chorus vocalists Marina Harris and Matt Alber join the holiday program “Shine” at the opera house; the group also presents its 24th annual “Home for the Holidays” in three performances on Christmas Eve.
Jeremy Denk appears wtih the San Francisco Symphony this week.

Jeremy Denk a virtuoso writer and musician

With his expert insight and expression, pianist Jeremy Denk is in league…

Jeremy Denk appears wtih the San Francisco Symphony this week.
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S.F. Opera’s 'Flying Dutchman' could use a lift

The hero of Richard Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" is cursed to sail…

COURTESY PHOTOGreer Grimsley
courtesy photoComposer Lisa Bielawa brings her massive new site specific work to Crissy Field this week.

Magical musical mob

Avant-garde composer Lisa Bielawa has a thing about turning airfields and other…

courtesy photoComposer Lisa Bielawa brings her massive new site specific work to Crissy Field this week.
Philip Skinner and Stacey Stofferahn sing in West Bay Opera’s delightful production of Puccini’s “Tosca.”

‘Tosca’ is West Bay’s miniature grand opera

The West Bay Opera’s new production of Puccini’s “Tosca” brilliantly exemplifies how…

Philip Skinner and Stacey Stofferahn sing in West Bay Opera’s delightful production of Puccini’s “Tosca.”
Courtesy photoJohn Santos is among dozens of performers participating in SFMusic Day.

Experience the best of Latin music, both old and new

SFMusic Day this weekend at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music has…

Courtesy photoJohn Santos is among dozens of performers participating in SFMusic Day.
From left

Terfel's brilliant Falstaff gives wings to Verdi

The San Francisco Opera’s new production of Verdi’s 1893 “Falstaff” advertises Bryn…

From left
Courtesy PhotoChoral students from Haiti’s Holy Trinity Music School will sing in San Francisco at Wednesday’s star-studded benefit concert at Grace Cathedral.

Classical stars, Haitian kids unite for benefit

“Sing With Haiti” may well be the most star-studded benefit concert and…

Courtesy PhotoChoral students from Haiti’s Holy Trinity Music School will sing in San Francisco at Wednesday’s star-studded benefit concert at Grace Cathedral.
COURTESY PHOTOThe amazing Patricia Racette

‘Dolores’ a new, bold, tragic opera

The San Francisco Opera took a big chance commissioning a work on…

COURTESY PHOTOThe amazing Patricia Racette
Travis Brass

Fall coming, Redwood City's free concerts going

Singing brass instruments and singers performing opera make up the two concluding…

Travis Brass
Courtesy photoBeautiful conundrum: Patricia Racette reigns supreme as Helen of Troy in the San Francisco Opera presentation of “Mefistofele

Between Heaven and Hell, choral angels triumph at San Francisco Opera opening

Marry a Broadway spectacular with a great Italian opera and the result…

Courtesy photoBeautiful conundrum: Patricia Racette reigns supreme as Helen of Troy in the San Francisco Opera presentation of “Mefistofele
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San Francisco Symphony's delightful gala opens season

I cannot compare from firsthand experience the San Francisco Symphony's 102 season-opening…

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An operatic dark prince

Even with opera's diabolic trio under his belt, Russian bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov…

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Audra McDonald stays loud

Audra McDonald returns to Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday to perform at…

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Big changes for San Francisco Opera 'Claiborne' premiere

Just three weeks before its San Francisco Opera world premiere, mezzo soprano…

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Fall Preview: Music and dance, off the beaten path

Along with the offerings from The City's major arts organizations, this lineup…

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