Classical Music

From left, Heidi Stober as Gretel, Robert Brubaker as the Witch and Sasha Cooke as Hansel appear in San Francisco Opera’s “Hansel and Gretel.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
From left, Heidi Stober as Gretel, Robert Brubaker as the Witch and Sasha Cooke as Hansel appear in San Francisco Opera’s “Hansel and Gretel.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Lianna Haroutounian and Brian Jagde excel in San Francisco Opera’s “Manon Lescaut.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Favorite principals appeal in San Francisco Opera’s ‘Manon Lescaut’

Nicola Luisotti conducts with passion, great reception in return to podium

Lianna Haroutounian and Brian Jagde excel in San Francisco Opera’s “Manon Lescaut.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Karina Canellakis leads a Russian program with the San Francisco Symphony on Oct. 24-26 at Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy Mathias Bothor)

Karina Canellakis shares ‘thrilling ride’ with orchestras worldwide

Conductor calls quick rapport with musicians ‘natural’

Karina Canellakis leads a Russian program with the San Francisco Symphony on Oct. 24-26 at Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy Mathias Bothor)
Joseph Young, pictured conducting the Berkeley Symphony, opens the orchestra’s season on Oct. 24 at Zellerbach Hall. (Courtesy Dave Welland)

Joseph Young takes lead of Berkeley Symphony

Conductor heads up diverse, premiere-laden 2019-20 season

Joseph Young, pictured conducting the Berkeley Symphony, opens the orchestra’s season on Oct. 24 at Zellerbach Hall. (Courtesy Dave Welland)
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, led by Nicholas McGegan, performs new and old music in “A Cosmic Notion.” (Courtesy photo)

Philharmonia Baroque peforms lofty season opener

‘Cosmic’ concert spans from Handel to otherworldly Shaw premiere

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, led by Nicholas McGegan, performs new and old music in “A Cosmic Notion.” (Courtesy photo)
Rick Wakeman’s The Grumpy Old Rock Star tour at the Castro on Saturday includes covers from his 2018 album “Piano Odyssey” as well as fun anecdotes. (Courtesy photo)

Rick Wakeman brings his piano and comedy tour to The City

Yes keyboardist covers five-decade career in solo concert

Rick Wakeman’s The Grumpy Old Rock Star tour at the Castro on Saturday includes covers from his 2018 album “Piano Odyssey” as well as fun anecdotes. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Jeanine De Bique, Michael Sumuel and Nicole Heaston appear in San Francisco Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

New production fine match for SF Opera’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’

‘Manor home’ trilogy of Mozart works gets off to good start

From left, Jeanine De Bique, Michael Sumuel and Nicole Heaston appear in San Francisco Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Michael Tilson Thomas conducted the San Francisco Symphony on Thursday in the premiere of John Adams’ “I Still Dance,” Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 performed by Daniil Trifonov. (Courtesy Grittani Creative LTD)

SF Symphony debuts John Adams’ lively salute to MTT

Pianist Daniil Trifonov joins orchestra in enaging program

Michael Tilson Thomas conducted the San Francisco Symphony on Thursday in the premiere of John Adams’ “I Still Dance,” Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 performed by Daniil Trifonov. (Courtesy Grittani Creative LTD)
John Chest, right, pictured with Brenton Ryan, sings the title role in San Francisco Opera’s “Billy Budd.” (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

SF Opera stages commanding ‘Billy Budd’

All male cast dazzles in Britten opera about good vs. evil

John Chest, right, pictured with Brenton Ryan, sings the title role in San Francisco Opera’s “Billy Budd.” (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony played on an in-the-round rotating set in S&M2, which opened Chase Center arena on Friday. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)

S&M2 opens Chase Center with grandeur

Metallica, San Francisco Symphony reunite in big show

Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony played on an in-the-round rotating set in S&M2, which opened Chase Center arena on Friday. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)
Pene Pati sings Romeo and Nadine Sierra is Juliet, and James Creswell is Friar Lawrence in San Francisco Opera’s production of Charles Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

SF Opera begins 97th season with stirring ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Pene Pati, Nadine Sierra shine in titular role debuts

Pene Pati sings Romeo and Nadine Sierra is Juliet, and James Creswell is Friar Lawrence in San Francisco Opera’s production of Charles Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
San Francisco Symphony’s gala concert concluded with a sing-along featuring, from left, “Beach Blanket Babylon’s” Jennifer Morrison, music director Michael Tilson Thomas, Joshua Robison and gala co-chairs Nicole Lacob and Rachael Bowman. (Courtesy Drew Altizer)

MTT leads final SF Symphony opening as music director

Extra festive concert includes tributes, great singing

San Francisco Symphony’s gala concert concluded with a sing-along featuring, from left, “Beach Blanket Babylon’s” Jennifer Morrison, music director Michael Tilson Thomas, Joshua Robison and gala co-chairs Nicole Lacob and Rachael Bowman. (Courtesy Drew Altizer)
Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd” is the second production of San Francisco Opera’s 2019 fall season. (Courtesy Alastair Muir/Glyndebourne Festival)

Enjoy San Francisco Opera on a budget

2019 fall season offers nicely priced performances

Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd” is the second production of San Francisco Opera’s 2019 fall season. (Courtesy Alastair Muir/Glyndebourne Festival)
Michael Tilson Thomas is pictured in 1993, when he was San Francisco Symphony’s music director designate. (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)

SF Symphony super sizes MTT’s farewell season

Beloved music director leads big shows in 25th year with orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas is pictured in 1993, when he was San Francisco Symphony’s music director designate. (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)
San Francisco Opera opens its season with Gonoud’s “Romeo and Juliet.” (Courtesy Alain Hanel)

Fall 2019 Arts Preview: Classical

Concerts showcase chamber, choral, operatic and orchestral artists

San Francisco Opera opens its season with Gonoud’s “Romeo and Juliet.” (Courtesy Alain Hanel)
Timothy Murray and Alice Chung performed a scene from “Hamlet” in the Merola Opera Program’s finale on Aug. 17 at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)

Up-and-coming Merola singers fill Opera House stage

Powerful students sound like professionals in program finale

Timothy Murray and Alice Chung performed a scene from “Hamlet” in the Merola Opera Program’s finale on Aug. 17 at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)
Placido Domingo will not be performing in a San Francisco Opera concert in October. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco Opera cancels Plácido Domingo concert

Move comes in wake of news reports of sexual harassment

Placido Domingo will not be performing in a San Francisco Opera concert in October. (Courtesy photo)
David Lang’s new piece is on the program of San Francisco Choral Society concerts this weekend at Davies Hall. (Courtesy Peter Serling)

SF Choral Society premieres Pulitzer winner David Lang’s ‘Teach Your Children’

Composer reflects on youngsters in the news in commissioned work

David Lang’s new piece is on the program of San Francisco Choral Society concerts this weekend at Davies Hall. (Courtesy Peter Serling)
Esther Tonea, left, and Cara Collins sing in the Pearl cast of Merola Opera Program’s premiere of “If I Were You” at the Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)

Up-and-coming opera singers dazzle in devilish premiere

Merola scores with Heggie, Scheer commission ‘If I Were You’

Esther Tonea, left, and Cara Collins sing in the Pearl cast of Merola Opera Program’s premiere of “If I Were You” at the Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)
Esther Tonea is among the Merola Opera Program singers appearing in “If I Were You” in Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Merola Opera Program)

Merola premieres a Faustian sci-fi opera

Training program stages Jake Heggie’s ‘If I Were You’

Esther Tonea is among the Merola Opera Program singers appearing in “If I Were You” in Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Merola Opera Program)