Classical Music

Vivid, commanding SF Opera ‘Turandot’

San Francisco Opera unfurled its 95th season Friday by reviving a David…

SF Opera stages Strauss’ shocking, irresistible ‘Elektra’

Even for longtime opera fans and experts, the first listen to Richard…

Fall 2017 Arts Preview: Classical

Virtuosity abounds – with chamber ensembles, orchestras, soloists and grand opera. Here…

Asian Youth Orchestra tour hits Bay Area

Nearly 30 years ago, music educator Richard Pontzious wanted to do something…

Donald Pippin, Pocket Opera staying strong at 40

As San Francisco’s Pocket Opera is about the conclude its 2016-17 season,…

SF Symphony’s Berlioz ‘Roméo et Juliette’ c’est magnifique

When Hector Berlioz set out to write “Roméo et Juliette,” he vowed…

Felder takes on diverse tasks portraying great composers

Hershey Felder, in Mountain View this month performing his one-man show about…

Artistry and love flourish in SF Opera’s ‘La Bohème’

Paris in February can be a city as chilly as it is…

Dynamic duo rules SF Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’

Mozart’s masterpiece “Don Giovanni” makes it quite clear it’s a man’s world.…

Erwin Schrott happy to sing Leporello in The City

San Francisco Opera’s announcement that bass-baritone Erwin Schrott would replace the ailing…

SF Opera’s ‘Rigoletto’ regally holds court

Early on in “Rigoletto,” a curse befalls the title character that will…

Manning’s Iraq war leaks come to life with modern music

When the news of Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks first made headlines, the…

Zukerman calls for arts education, togetherness

Even when he’s not playing an instrument, Pinchas Zukerman is still performing.…

Merola commissions new work on 60th anniversary

San Francisco composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer are embarking on…

2017 Winter Arts Preview: Classical Music

Berkeley Symphony: Christian Reif guest conducts cellist Joshua Roman in the local…

SF Opera’s 95th season: familiar stories, timeless motifs

San Francisco Opera will tell stories of humanity, individuals, society and mythical…

Sing along to Christmas carols, winter songs

There is no shortage of holiday choral concerts in 2016; here are…

SF Opera’s ‘Aida’ looks a bit like ‘Evita’

Director Francesca Zambello’s new San Francisco Opera production of “Aida” -- boasting…

Nadja Michael gives timeless performance in SF Opera’s ‘Makropulos Case’

German soprano Nadja Michael, singing the lead role of San Francisco Opera’s…