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September 20, 2016
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Samuel Barber’s “Vanessa”

Vanessa is considered a “Gothic” opera because Barber’s partner, Gian Carlo Menotti (the composer and librettist), wrote the libretto inspired by the “Seven Gothic Tales” by […]
July 10, 2016
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“Don Carlo”- Star-Studded Night at the Opera

Verdi’s Don Carlo has it all: passion and politics, the combat between church and stage, a mortal father-son conflict, a romance of broken hearts, dangerous jealousies, […]
June 23, 2016
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Janacek’s ‘Jenufa’ at SF Opera: End of the Season(s)

I’ve always had a particular fondness for San Francisco Opera’s trio of Summer Operas. They have at times been creatively grouped under a theme like “Gamble […]
June 10, 2016
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“Tacky, Tawdry, and Tasteless” :Carmen

Carmen (Irene Roberts) as a hapless little street whore who takes her panties off to straddle her Don José (Brian Jagde) in a parking lot? And […]
May 26, 2016
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Swimmer: Yuri Possokhov’s Multimedia Ballet

  Young ballet choreographers show a penchant for literature. British wonder boy Liam Scarlett recently based a ballet on a poem by William Blake (reviewed in […]
March 2, 2016
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San Francisco Ballet Premieres Forsythe and Scarlatt

  Passion, sex, humor bounce off the stage “Pas/Parts” seems to have lost some excitement since 1999, and the back to back comparison with Scarlett’s new […]
September 30, 2015
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Compatibility 101- Is She The Right One?

Kim and I met at a Paris café, a long time ago. We met there because both of us had picked this particular café as our […]
September 1, 2015
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What it’s like to get published in this day and age.

Two writers meeting at a café, both having won a literary award this year for unpublished work, one of us for her stories, the other for […]
July 2, 2015
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Rape as Weapon of War: San Francisco Opera’s World Premiere of Two Women (La Ciociara)

“If you succeed in passing through this line without leaving a single enemy alive (…), I proclaim: these women, these houses, this wine, all that you […]
June 1, 2015
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Jenni Olson’s New Film ‘The Royal Road’

Local lesbian filmmaker Jenni Olson’s The Royal Road (premiered at Sundance) had two sold-out shows at the San Francisco Film Festival. The 65 minutes long work […]