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Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Rusalka) and Kristinn Sigmundsson (Vodník) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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San Francisco Opera offers a dark, powerful Rusalka

By , 22 June 2019
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Sasha Cooke (Orlando) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Exquisite Handelian singing in San Francisco Opera's Orlando

By , 21 June 2019
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San Francisco Ballet in Ratmansky's Chamber Symphony © Erik Tomasson
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San Francisco Ballet’s Shostakovich Trilogy brings a strong close to the season

By , 07 May 2019
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Maya Harr, Babatunji and Madeline DeVries in Pole Star © Manny Crisostomo
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Alonzo King's LINES Ballet takes a walk on the wild side

By , 12 April 2019
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Jennifer Stahl and Dores André in Bound To © Erik Tomasson
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The solace of love in San Francisco Ballet’s Program 5: Lyric Voices

By , 27 March 2019
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WanTing Zhao (Lilac Fairy) in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty © Erik Tomasson | Courtesy of San Francisco Ballet
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The Sleeping Beauty Reawakens in San Francisco

By , 10 March 2019
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Kana Kimura in The Calling (Jessica Lang Dance) © Sharen Bradford
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Jessica Lang Dance, pleasing but disappointing

By , 28 February 2019
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Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
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Bach-inspired Mendelssohn from Sir András Schiff and the San Francisco Symphony

By , 17 February 2019
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San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's Divertimento #15 © Erik Tomasson
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SF Ballet's Program 2 is a Kaleidoscope of Vibrant Works

By , 12 February 2019
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Mathilde Froustey in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote © Erik Tommason
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A festive, spirited Don Quixote opens San Francisco Ballet’s 86th season

By , 25 January 2019
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Ana Sophia Scheller and Vitor Luiz in George Balanchine's Rubies © Erik Tomasson
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San Francisco Ballet struts its stuff at Gala #86

By , 23 January 2019
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San Francisco Ballet in The Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
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San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker proudly carries on the tradition

By , 12 December 2018
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Golda Schultz (Clara) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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It's a Wonderful Life: a new holiday tradition for the opera world

By , 20 November 2018
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Shuaib Elhassan (with company members) in Common Ground © Chris Hardy
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An alluring Common Ground in Lines Ballet / Kronos Quartet collaboration

By , 06 October 2018
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Tango time © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A Cav & Pag double bill with virtues and flaws at San Francisco Opera

By , 30 September 2018
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Leonidas Kavakos, Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFO © Cory Weaver
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MTT offers familiar and unfamiliar Stravinsky in San Francisco

By , 29 September 2018
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Sasha Cooke © Dario Acosta
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A phenomenally multi-layered Mahler 3 in San Francisco

By , 29 June 2018
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), Stacey Tappan, Renée Tatum and Lauren McNeese (Rhinemaidens) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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The San Francisco Ring: Episode IV – A New Hope

By , 24 June 2018
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A gritty Siegfried continues the San Francisco Opera Ring

By , 22 June 2018
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Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde) and her Valkyrie sisters © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Valkyries parachute into San Francisco

By , 20 June 2018
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Falk Struckmann (Alberich) and Greer Grimsley (Wotan) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring

By , 19 June 2018
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Sofiane Sylve and Tiit Helimets in Liang's The Infinite Ocean © Erik Tomasson
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The final program in San Francisco Ballet's wonderful Unbound festival

By , 26 April 2018
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San Francisco Ballet in Lopez Ochoa's Guernica © Erik Tomasson
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SF Ballet's Unbound Festival continues with superb dancing

By , 24 April 2018
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San Francisco Ballet in Thatcher's Otherness © Erik Tomasson
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SFB’s Unbound Festival promises and delivers in Program B

By , 21 April 2018
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Dores André and Benjamin Freemantle in Wheeldon's Bound To © Erik Tomasson
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San Francisco Ballet steps into a world of new dance

By , 20 April 2018
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Guillaume Côté in Nijinsky © Cylla von Tiedemann
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Beauty and madness mingle in Nijinsky

By , 03 April 2018
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West Edge Opera's Snapshots
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West Edge Opera’s Snapshots of the future

By , 25 February 2018
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SFB in Tomasson's On A Theme of Paganini © Erik Tomasson
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San Francisco Ballet offers winning works in a "Distinctively SF" Program 3

By , 15 February 2018
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Dores André and Ulrik Birkkjaer in Peck's Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes © Erik Tomasson
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San Francisco Ballet’s dazzling “Bright Fast Cool Blue”

By , 13 February 2018
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Sasha De Sola and Carlo Di Lanno in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty © Erik Tomasson
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A Dazzling Return of San Francisco Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty

By , 23 January 2018
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Ana Sophia Scheller and Vitor Luiz in Balanchine's Stars And Stripes (Ch: George Balanchine) © Erik Tomasson
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The Grit and Glamour of San Francisco Ballet's 85th Season Gala

By , 18 January 2018
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Rubén Martín Cintas in Tomasson's Nutcracker © Erik Tommason
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San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker an oasis of delight

By , 13 December 2017
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Nina Stemme (Turandot) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A Turandot to remember in San Francisco

By , 03 December 2017
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Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks © Nir Arieli
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Some of a thousand ... steps (Wendy Whelan & Brian Brooks)

By , 29 November 2017
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Davóne Tines (Ned Peters), Julia Bullock (Dame Shirley) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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The dark side of the gold: John Adams' Girls of the Golden West gets its world première in San Francisco

By , 21 November 2017
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Osmo Vänskä © Kaapo Kamu
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Finnish music matters: Vänskä conducts Sibelius

By , 26 October 2017
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Christine Goerke (Elektra) and Adrianne Pieczonka (Chrysothemis) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Night at the Elektra museum in San Francisco

By , 13 September 2017
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Martina Serafin (Turandot) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A colorful Turandot opens the San Francisco Opera season

By , 12 September 2017
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Ana Maria Martinez (Donna Elvira), Erin Wall (Donna Anna) Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Don Ottavio) © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
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Mozart's genius shines clearly in San Francisco Opera's darkly comic production of Don Giovanni

By , 04 June 2017
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Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) and Nino Machaidze (Gilda) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Quinn Kelsey excels as Rigoletto in San Francisco

By , 31 May 2017
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Eberle Veronica © Marco Borggreve
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Violinist Veronika Eberle Sails the Tricky Waters of Schumann's Violin Concerto at Davies Hall

By , 19 May 2017
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Jeremy “Jae” Neal and Vinson Fraley of ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION, Dearest Home © Carrie Schneider
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Kyle Abraham Brings Us Home: Dearest Home Premieres in San Francisco

By , 16 May 2017
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Emanuel Ax © Lisa Marie Mazzucco
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European assortment from Charles Dutoit and the San Francisco Symphony

By , 10 May 2017
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Yujin Kim and Robb Beresford in Figures of Speech © Chris Hardy
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Alonzo King and Bob Holman Unite to Revive Dying Languages

By , 04 May 2017
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Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Wheeldon's Cinderella © Erik Tomasson
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Wheeldon’s Cinderella infuses elegance with the weird and wonderful

By , 28 April 2017
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San Francisco Ballet in Thatcher's Ghost In The Machine © Erik Tomasson
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SF Ballet’s Program 7: Made to Dance

By , 08 April 2017
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Arabella Steinbacher © Peter Rigaud
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Arabella Steinbacher delivers superb Beethoven with the DNSO in San Francisco

By , 03 April 2017
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© Erik Tomasson
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Precision and Beauty in San Francisco Ballet’s Swan Lake

By , 31 March 2017
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Gil Shaham © Luke Ratray
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Gil Shaham thrills San Francisco with vivacious Barber Concerto

By , 18 March 2017
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Karida Griffith © Em Watson
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Tapping the planet’s heart beat: Dorrance Dance and The Blues Project

By , 16 March 2017
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