Classical Music & Opera

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Big finale from Merola Opera singers

Three weeks before the San Francisco Opera's 91st season opens, the company's…

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The dogged determination of Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters, who appears Tuesday night with the San Francisco Symphony, has…

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An operatic honeymoon

Among the young artists of the 2013 Merola Opera Program making their…

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New oratorio celebrates Harvey Milk

Gay Pride month in The City, always filled with memorable events, offers…

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'Mary Magdalene' superstar

A kind of "biblical CNN" opera, Mark Adamo's "The Gospel of Mary…

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S.F. Symphony celebrates centennial of a scandal

San Francisco Ballet orchestra veteran double-bassist Shinji Eshima, who played the orgiastic…

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New opera puts Mary Magdalene in different light

San Francisco Opera is moving into uncharted waters of religious polemics. General…

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Romance, cynicism, fun at S.F. Opera's 'Cosi fan tutte'

'Cosi fan tutte" boasts a rare combination: It is a hilarious romp…

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Hoffmann's tales fly

In a performance reminiscent of Peter Pan, soprano Hye Jung Lee stopped…

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Musical phenom does it all

It is no exaggeration to call 2013 the “Era of Lera” in…

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Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner“The negotiating committee met with the orchestra and presented the federal mediator’s suggested proposal. After a thorough review of the options

San Francisco Symphony cancels East Coast tour amid ongoing musician strike

The San Francisco Symphony has canceled this week’s long-planned East Coast tour…

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S.F. Examiner File PhotoAn East coast tour is in doubt as the San Francisco Symphony musicians continue to strike through Sunday.

San Francisco Symphony's Sunday concert canceled, East Coast tour in doubt

Two more San Francisco Symphony concert were canceled today due to a…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoAn East coast tour is in doubt as the San Francisco Symphony musicians continue to strike through Sunday.
Courtesy PhotoSan Francisco Symphony forces management to face the music

San Francisco Symphony musicians go on strike, Thursday concert canceled

After a controversial demonstration in City Hall yesterday didn’t convince the San…

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Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerSymphony tuba player Jeff Anderson stands with his instrument during a news conference Wednesday.

San Francisco Symphony musicians’ strike threatens upcoming tour

At least one concert by the San Francisco Symphony has been canceled…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerSymphony tuba player Jeff Anderson stands with his instrument during a news conference Wednesday.
COURTESY PHOTOLongtime leader: San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas is beginning his 19th year in the post.

S.F. Symphony touts choral works, new music in 2013-14

A  highlight among San Francisco Symphony’s 2013-14 exciting season offerings, announced today,…

COURTESY PHOTOLongtime leader: San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas is beginning his 19th year in the post.
Courtesy PhotoAward-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov plays with the Russian National Orchestra in San Francisco this week.

Piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov finds freedom in the score

Daniil Trifonov, 2011 winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow,…

Courtesy PhotoAward-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov plays with the Russian National Orchestra in San Francisco this week.
Courtesy PhotosSan Francisco Symphony musicians Doug Rioth

San Francisco and Baltimore symphonies wager friendly social media Super Bowl war

With the Super Bowl matchup between the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens…

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Courtesy PhotoMasterful musicians The Pavel Haas Quartet — from left

Young Czech string quartet storming back into city

An ensemble of young, acclaimed Czech musicians returns to the Herbst Theatre…

Courtesy PhotoMasterful musicians The Pavel Haas Quartet — from left
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerCriticism: A civil grand jury recommended changes to the Arts Commission’s Street Artist Program

Board of Supervisors makes few changes to Arts Commission

Well-documented turmoil at The City’s Arts Commission appears to be smoothing itself…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerCriticism: A civil grand jury recommended changes to the Arts Commission’s Street Artist Program
Courtesy PhotoVirtuoso: András Schiff begins a two-year residency with San Francisco Symphony in October.

András Schiff’s Bach extravaganza

András Schiff’s devotion to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach is complete…

Courtesy PhotoVirtuoso: András Schiff begins a two-year residency with San Francisco Symphony in October.