Classical Music

Composer John Adams, left, and librettist-director Peter Sellars are working on San Francisco Opera’s world premiere “Girls of the Golden West.” (Courtesy Scott Wall)

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

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

Composer John Adams, left, and librettist-director Peter Sellars are working on San Francisco Opera’s world premiere “Girls of the Golden West.” (Courtesy Scott Wall)
“On the Waterfront” with Eva Marie Saint and Marlo Brando screens at Davies Symphony Hall, with live accompaniment by the San Francisco Symphony. (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)
“On the Waterfront” with Eva Marie Saint and Marlo Brando screens at Davies Symphony Hall, with live accompaniment by the San Francisco Symphony. (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)
Music director Valérie Sainte-Agathe conducts the San Francisco Girls Chorus’ “A Highland Holiday” on Dec. 19 in Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy photo)

Sing along to Christmas carols, winter songs

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

Music director Valérie Sainte-Agathe conducts the San Francisco Girls Chorus’ “A Highland Holiday” on Dec. 19 in Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Brian Jagde, Leah Crocetto, George Gagnidze, Raymond Aceto Anthony Reed and the San Francisco Opera Chorus appear in Verdi’s “Aida” at the War Memorial Opera House. {Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

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

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

From left, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Brian Jagde, Leah Crocetto, George Gagnidze, Raymond Aceto Anthony Reed and the San Francisco Opera Chorus appear in Verdi’s “Aida” at the War Memorial Opera House. {Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Nadja Michael, center, is captivating in San Francisco Opera’s production of  Leoš Janáček’s “The Makropulos Case.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

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

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

Nadja Michael, center, is captivating in San Francisco Opera’s production of  Leoš Janáček’s “The Makropulos Case.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Mahan Esfahani opens San Francisco Performances’ Pivot series at the Strand Theater. (Courtesy Bernhard Musil/Deutsche Grammophon)

Mahan Esfahani brings modern sounds to the harpsichord

Plucky virtuoso Mahan Esfahani is seeking to change the perception that the…

Mahan Esfahani opens San Francisco Performances’ Pivot series at the Strand Theater. (Courtesy Bernhard Musil/Deutsche Grammophon)
Maurizio Muraro, left, and Lucas Meachem are in fine voice and humor in San Francisco Opera’s “Don Pasquale.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver)

SF Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ an uproarious delight

There’s no fool like an old fool, and few old fools endure…

Maurizio Muraro, left, and Lucas Meachem are in fine voice and humor in San Francisco Opera’s “Don Pasquale.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver)
Michael Tilson Thomas led an insightful performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on Sunday. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)

SF Symphony rocks Beethoven’s Fifth with vivid MTT commentary

Throughout the beginning of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the piccolo and trombone players…

Michael Tilson Thomas led an insightful performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on Sunday. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)
New York-based pianist Inon Barnatan appears with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in the Bay Area. (Courtesy Marco Borggreve)

Pianist Inon Barnatan joins NCCO for ‘Silver Season Opener’

The New Century Chamber Orchestra is kicking off its 25th season with…

New York-based pianist Inon Barnatan appears with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in the Bay Area. (Courtesy Marco Borggreve)
Pureum Jo, left, and Yijie Shi portray the leads in San Francisco Opera's world premiere "Dream of the Red Chamber." (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Symphony)

SF Opera bridges East-West divide in lush ‘Dream’

The attempt to adapt a 2,400-page-plus classic novel of Chinese literature into…

Pureum Jo, left, and Yijie Shi portray the leads in San Francisco Opera's world premiere "Dream of the Red Chamber." (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Symphony)
Yonghoon Lee and Anna Pirozzi play the doomed lovers in San Francisco Opera’s “Andrea Chénier.

Production, guillotine sharp in SF Opera’s ‘Andrea Chénier’

In Giordano’s pinnacle verismo work “Andrea Chénier,” which takes place during the…

Yonghoon Lee and Anna Pirozzi play the doomed lovers in San Francisco Opera’s “Andrea Chénier.
Deborah Karp is among the choreographers featured in West Wave Dance Festival’s ”25 Artists for 25 Years” at Z Space. (Courtesy Lynne Fried)

Fall 2016 Performing Arts Preview: Classical and Dance

Local, national and internationally acclaimed artists dance, sing and play on! San…

Deborah Karp is among the choreographers featured in West Wave Dance Festival’s ”25 Artists for 25 Years” at Z Space. (Courtesy Lynne Fried)
Retiring San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley gave soprano Renée Fleming the San Francisco Opera Medal at Thursday’s gala concert at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Opera stars bid fun, fond farewell to David Gockley

Perhaps the best thing from “Celebrating David!” at the War Memorial Opera…

Retiring San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley gave soprano Renée Fleming the San Francisco Opera Medal at Thursday’s gala concert at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Malin Byström, bottom, and Karita Mattila give emotional performances in San Francisco Opera’s “Jenůfa.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Franicsco Opera)

Mommie dearest rules the house in SF Opera’s ‘Jenůfa’

San Francisco Opera has recruited two excellent sopranos for the pivotal roles…

Malin Byström, bottom, and Karita Mattila give emotional performances in San Francisco Opera’s “Jenůfa.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Franicsco Opera)
René Pape, left, and Michael Fabiano are excellent in San Francisco Opera’s revival of “Don Carlo.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

SF Opera hits royal flush with ‘Don Carlo’

It’s been 13 years since San Francisco Opera has staged “Don Carlo,”…

René Pape, left, and Michael Fabiano are excellent in San Francisco Opera’s revival of “Don Carlo.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Irene Roberts opened San Francisco Opera’s summer season with a strong performance as the title character in Bizet’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

SF Opera’s Carmen asks ‘Do you wanna ride in my Mercedes, boy?’

In Bizet’s “Carmen,” the title character goes through lovers like a spoiled…

Irene Roberts opened San Francisco Opera’s summer season with a strong performance as the title character in Bizet’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
Curious Flights presents the Bay Area premiere of “The Airborne Symphony,” a 1946 work for orchestra, chorus, soloists and narrator by American composer Marc Blitzstein. (Courtesy Katherine Lawhead)

‘Airborne Symphony’ takes off in SF at last

The music of Marc Blitzstein isn’t often performed in the Bay Area,…

Curious Flights presents the Bay Area premiere of “The Airborne Symphony,” a 1946 work for orchestra, chorus, soloists and narrator by American composer Marc Blitzstein. (Courtesy Katherine Lawhead)
Red Bull Flying Bach dancers took to San Francisco streets in April to preview their show at the Masonic this weekend. (Courtesy Red Bull)

Fugue meets break dance in Flying Bach

Appearing in the Bay Area this week, Red Bull Flying Bach showcases…

Red Bull Flying Bach dancers took to San Francisco streets in April to preview their show at the Masonic this weekend. (Courtesy Red Bull)
Runners and participants make their way through the finish line during the annual Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, May 15, 2016. (Natasha Dangond/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bay to Breakers 2016

Photos from the annual Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, Calif.…

Runners and participants make their way through the finish line during the annual Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, May 15, 2016. (Natasha Dangond/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco sheriffs arrest a woman as protestors occupied City Hall demanding the resignation of SFPD Chief Greg Suhr in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, May 6, 2016. (Joel Angel Juarez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

‘Frisco Five’ supporters clash with sherriff’s deputies at City Hall

Protests at City Hall on Friday evening turned into a violent clash as the night…

San Francisco sheriffs arrest a woman as protestors occupied City Hall demanding the resignation of SFPD Chief Greg Suhr in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, May 6, 2016. (Joel Angel Juarez/Special to S.F. Examiner)