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February 25, 2017

Liam Scarlett’s “Frankenstein” at San Francisco Ballet

British choreographer Liam Scarlett has won accolades for his modern classical ballet abstractions, his playful, inventive movement language and excellent spatial control. Young and famous, he […]
February 5, 2017

Cultural Best of 2016: Opera and Other Feasts

Thinking back, as January invites us to do, my mind leaps to Santa Fe Opera as the high point of the year. Not just because I […]
February 4, 2017

Two World Premieres at San Francisco Ballet — for Better or Worse

It started with the best, in Program 1: Twin brothers groomed by John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet—Jiri Bubenicek, who progressed from dancer to dance maker, and Otto […]
December 21, 2016

Letter to a Man – Robert Wilson and Mikhail Baryshnikov

A Dark, Arid Exercise of Perfection   Talking about a  new piece by the creative tandem Robert Wilson/Mikhail Baryshnikov without enthusiasm means there has to be […]
October 9, 2016

Seduction With Words And Music: Don Giovanni

No such dilemmas about sex in the other major achievement of Santa Fe’s opera season: Mozart’s Don Giovanni in a production by Ron Daniels, conducted with […]
September 22, 2016

Seduction With Words And Music : Capriccio

What comes first in opera, what gets the pride of place: words or music? Prima le parole, doppo la musica? Or, Prima la musica, doppo le […]
September 20, 2016

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

“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

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

“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 […]