David Gockley

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…

 

Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier,” a co-production with London’s Royal Opera House, opens San Francisco Opera’s 2016-17 season. (Courtesy Bill Cooper)

S.F. Opera’s 94th season reaches out to new opera-goers

San Francisco Opera will offer new productions -- including a world premiere…

 

Sean Penn is seeking $10 million from filmmaker Lee Daniels, whom he says has accused him of domestic violence. (Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Sean Penn sues Lee Daniels for defamation

Sean Penn is lashing back at “Empire” creator Lee Daniels, to the…

 

San Francisco Opera opened its 2015-16 season with excellent performances by Leah Crocetto and Michael Fabiano in “Luisa Miller."  (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

S.F. Opera allures with ‘Luisa Miller,’ ‘Sweeney Todd’

On Saturday, a thoroughly bloody affair supplanted Friday’s tragic affair at San…

San Francisco Opera opened its 2015-16 season with excellent performances by Leah Crocetto and Michael Fabiano in “Luisa Miller."  (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)
San Francisco Opera’s creative team for the world-premiere "Two Women" includes, from left, Nicola Luisotti, Marco Tutino, Francesca Zambello and David Gockley. - Courtesy Scott Wall/San Francisco Opera

‘Two Women’ goes from novel and film to opera

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti sounds like a proud midwife,…

San Francisco Opera’s creative team for the world-premiere "Two Women" includes, from left, Nicola Luisotti, Marco Tutino, Francesca Zambello and David Gockley. - Courtesy Scott Wall/San Francisco Opera
COURTESY  PHOTOSan Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley will conclude a 44-year opera management career in 2016.

David Gockley to exit S.F. Opera with big 2015-16 season

San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 season, announced today by General Director David Gockley,…

COURTESY  PHOTOSan Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley will conclude a 44-year opera management career in 2016.
Photo by Cory Weaver/San Francisco OperaFrom left: Opera Association President Keith Geeslin

Acclaimed S.F. Opera boss to depart

Known around the world as a (soft-spoken) lion among art managers, S.F.…

Photo by Cory Weaver/San Francisco OperaFrom left: Opera Association President Keith Geeslin
COURTESY KENHOWARD/METROPOLITAN OPERAPatricia Racette portrays the title role the title role in “Susannah” in San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season.

Heroines sing out in SF Opera fall season

Heroines and divas have always been an essential component of opera's firmament,…

COURTESY KENHOWARD/METROPOLITAN OPERAPatricia Racette portrays the title role the title role in “Susannah” in San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season.
COURTESY PHOTOThe San Francisco Opera stages Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s huge “Show Boat

‘Show Boat’ gets grand SF Opera treatment

It’s no secret that San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley believes…

COURTESY PHOTOThe San Francisco Opera stages Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s huge “Show Boat
courtesy photoSondra Radvanovsky sings the title role in San Francisco Opera’s upcoming production of “Norma

S.F. Opera 2015-16 season healthy, wealthy and wise

With improvements in the economy, the San Francisco Opera’s upcoming season, announced…

courtesy photoSondra Radvanovsky sings the title role in San Francisco Opera’s upcoming production of “Norma
Courtesy PhotoThe world premiere opera of “The Secret Garden” is designed by painter and video artist Naomie Kremer.

Opera, families come together in ‘Secret Garden’

David Gockley is again the catalyst for a rare venture: an opera…

Courtesy PhotoThe world premiere opera of “The Secret Garden” is designed by painter and video artist Naomie Kremer.
Second-chance love: Thomas Hampson and Melody Moore sing the roles of Rick and Susan Rescorla in San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ “Heart of a Soldier.” (Courtesy photo)Second-chance love: Thomas Hampson and Melody Moore sing the roles of Rick and Susan Rescorla in San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ “Heart of a Soldier.” (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco Opera tackles contemporary theme with 'Heart of a Soldier'

“Here he comes again with another CNN opera,” San Francisco Opera General…

Second-chance love: Thomas Hampson and Melody Moore sing the roles of Rick and Susan Rescorla in San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ “Heart of a Soldier.” (Courtesy photo)Second-chance love: Thomas Hampson and Melody Moore sing the roles of Rick and Susan Rescorla in San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ “Heart of a Soldier.” (Courtesy photo)

S.F. Opera to offer Domingo, 'Ring' and more

Plácido Domingo is coming to San Francisco. The tenor, who turns 69…