December 31, 2017

Best in Show: My Life in  HD

Year endings are the time to make lists: best  and worst of everything and anything. It occurred to me, given a certain age, one naturally turns […]
December 12, 2017

Michael Fabiano Debuts in Massenet’s Manon at San Francisco Opera

A femme fatale who gets her comeuppance has always been a favorite theme in opera (Carmen, Salome, etc.), but only one has had the privilege of […]
October 2, 2017

Paris Meetings with Remarkable Women: Meret Oppenheim—Be Chic & Lick Away

Stay a decade or two in a city like Paris and you will sooner or later cross paths with remarkable men or, in this case, women. […]
September 14, 2017

San Francisco Opera’s Summer of Passions

The operatic summer season in San Francisco always satisfies with a well-chosen set of just three operas. In the mid-year’ s lull, SF Opera entertained with […]
August 17, 2017

Frida… in celebration

It must have been no small feat for the pretty young Mexican bride to be seen doing portraits next to her famous husband Diego Rivera who […]
July 17, 2017

Mahler- Das Klagende Lied

A semi-staged  version of Das Klagende Lied probably did for most listeners what it did for me: it made me curious. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT for San […]
June 1, 2017

A Modernist Rosenkavalier at the MET

Memory is a danger for any new opera production, and a worse danger is a DVD recording that gets you solidly stuck in the past. This […]
May 13, 2017

Excerpt from Kiss Me Again, Paris

The Seine was lapping up high, swollen and excited from the rain storms of the past days. The illuminated Gare d’Orsay across the river threw a […]
May 10, 2017

Program 7: A Golden Hour at San Francisco Ballet

For several weeks, if not months or years, the rumors about prima ballerina Lorena Feijoo’s departure from SF Ballet have been running through the hallways of […]
April 25, 2017

Kiss Me Again, Paris featured in Epochalips

Just like everyone, I love movie trailers, those that entice and don’t give away the whole story at a glance. That book trailers can do something […]