Nicola Luisotti

Tenor Atalla Ayan and soprano Aurelia Florian make impressive San Francisco Opera debuts in “La Traviata.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Principal performances energize SF Opera ‘La Traviata’ revival

Although San Francisco Opera didn’t break new ground Saturday night opening its…

 

Martina Sarafin and Brian Jagde opened San Francisco Opera’s 2017-18 season as the leads in the lustrous “Turandot.”  (Courtesy Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Vivid, commanding SF Opera ‘Turandot’

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

 

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…

 

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)
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.
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)
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…

Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier,” a co-production with London’s Royal Opera House, opens San Francisco Opera’s 2016-17 season. (Courtesy Bill Cooper)
From left, Dimitri Pittas, Sarah Shafer (kneeling) and Anna Caterina Antonacci appear in San Francisco Opera’s premiere of "Two Women." COURTESY CORY WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

S.F. Opera’s ‘Two Women’ a keeper

Typically, the problem with a new opera is that the music is…

From left, Dimitri Pittas, Sarah Shafer (kneeling) and Anna Caterina Antonacci appear in San Francisco Opera’s premiere of "Two Women." COURTESY 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 CORY  WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERANicole Cabell as Violetta is among the highlights of San Francisco Opera’s summer production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

Fallen woman stands tall in SF Opera’s ‘Traviata’

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti is the hero of the…

COURTESY CORY  WEAVER/SAN FRANCISCO OPERANicole Cabell as Violetta is among the highlights of San Francisco Opera’s summer production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.”
Brandon Jovanovich in "Lohengrin."Brandon Jovanovich in "Lohengrin."

‘Lohengrin’ gives opera rock ’n’ roll intensity

“Lohengrin,” Richard Wagner’s ultra-romantic 1850 work, has returned to the War Memorial…

Brandon Jovanovich in "Lohengrin."Brandon Jovanovich in "Lohengrin."
COURTESY PHOTOIn fine voice: San Francisco Opera’s double-cast production of “Rigoletto” features Albina Shagimuratova as Gilda and Arturo Chacón-Cruz as The Duke of Mantua.

S.F. Opera ‘Rigoletto’ offers double the pleasure

With megawatts of renewable energy, the San Francisco Opera orchestra and chorus…

COURTESY PHOTOIn fine voice: San Francisco Opera’s double-cast production of “Rigoletto” features Albina Shagimuratova as Gilda and Arturo Chacón-Cruz as The Duke of Mantua.
Courtesy photoBig show: The San Francisco Opera begins its 90th season with Verdi’s “Rigoletto

San Francisco Opera puts on a rousing ‘Rigoletto’

The San Francisco Opera’s 90th season opens Friday with a romantic crowd-pleaser…

Courtesy photoBig show: The San Francisco Opera begins its 90th season with Verdi’s “Rigoletto
Taking the lead: Kendall Gladen sings Carmen and Thiago Arancam sings Don José in San Francisco Opera’s umpteenth production of Bizet’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy photo)Taking the lead: Kendall Gladen sings Carmen and Thiago Arancam sings Don José in San Francisco Opera’s umpteenth production of Bizet’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy photo)

Old heartthrob ‘Carmen’ returns to War Memorial

The musical definition of “grand opera” is a work sung, not spoken.…

Taking the lead: Kendall Gladen sings Carmen and Thiago Arancam sings Don José in San Francisco Opera’s umpteenth production of Bizet’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy photo)Taking the lead: Kendall Gladen sings Carmen and Thiago Arancam sings Don José in San Francisco Opera’s umpteenth production of Bizet’s “Carmen.” (Courtesy photo)

S.F. Opera's red-hot 'Otello'

In Shakespeare's "Othello," the first act of more than 1,000 lines sets…