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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
***11
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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
****1
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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
****1
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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
****1
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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
****1
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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
****1
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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
****1
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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
***11
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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
****1
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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
****1
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elle) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Anna Caterina Antonacci triumphs in La Voix humaine at SF Opera Lab

By , 14 March 2017
****1
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The Source © Stefan Cohen
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San Francisco Opera Lab's The Source belongs here and now

By , 25 February 2017
****1
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Leah Crocetto (Aida) and Brian Jagde © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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An Aida short on drama in San Francisco

By , 08 November 2016
***11
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Nadja Michael (Emilia Marty) and Stephen Powell (Baron Jaroslav Prus) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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The Makropulos Case in San Francisco: it's about time

By , 14 October 2016
****1
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Maurizio Muraro (Don Pasquale) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Comedy and cruelty in Don Pasquale at San Francisco Opera

By , 28 September 2016
****1
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Yijie Shi (Bao Yu) and dancer © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A Dream doesn't quite come true at San Francisco Opera

By , 10 September 2016
***11
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Yonghoon Lee (Andrea Chénier) and Anna Pirozzi (Maddalena) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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San Francisco Opera opens new season with Giordano's Andrea Chénier

By , 09 September 2016
*****
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Malin Byström (Jenůfa) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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SF Opera's Jenůfa glows with radiant performances

By , 14 June 2016
*****
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Michael Fabiano (Don Carlo) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Rodrigo) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Don Carlo in San Francisco: musically perfect, dramatically lacking

By , 12 June 2016
****1
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Zachary Nelson (Escamillo) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A Carmen for Our Time from Bieito in San Francisco

By , 27 May 2016
****1
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Svadba © Stefan Cohen | San Francisco Opera
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A wedding worth celebrating at San Francisco Opera Lab

By , 03 April 2016
****1
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Jason Bridges (Edgar Allan Poe in Usher House) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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At San Francisco Opera, Usher House falls dramatically... twice

By , 08 December 2015
****1
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Brandon Jovanovich (Walther) and Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Eva) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Die Meistersinger: A rewarding operatic marathon in San Francisco

By , 18 November 2015
*****
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© Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera
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A colorful but static Magic Flute in San Francisco

By , 20 October 2015
***11
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Brian Mulligan (Sweeney Todd) and Stephanie Blythe (Mrs Lovett) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Bloody fun with Sweeney Todd at San Francisco Opera

By , 18 September 2015
****1
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Vitaliy Bilyy (Miller) and Leah Crocetto (Luisa Miller) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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San Francisco Opera season opener: a stellar cast carries a dull staging of Luisa Miller

By , 11 September 2015
***11
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Greg Fedderly as Don Basilio, Lisette Oropesa as Susanna, Luca PIsaroni as the Count © Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera
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A veritable match made in heaven: The Marriage of Figaro at San Francisco Opera

By , 14 June 2015
****1
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cesira) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Tutino's Two Women at San Francisco: multi-media heavy, but worth investigating

By , 13 June 2015
***11
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The Trojan Horse © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A staggering behemoth: McVicar's Les Troyens arrives in San Francisco

By , 12 June 2015
***11
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Karine Deshayes (Cenerentola) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A delightful and enduring Cinderella at San Francisco Opera

By , 09 November 2014
****1
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Danielle de Niese (Partenope) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Handling Handel's Partenope at the War Memorial Opera House

By , 15 October 2014
****1
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Brandon Jovanovich (Sam) and Patricia Racette (Susannah) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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A thoughtful Susannah from San Francisco Opera which raises important questions

By , 06 September 2014
****1
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Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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Divas Distinguish San Francisco Opera's new Norma

By , 05 September 2014
***11
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sabel Leonard (Rosina) and the San Francisco Opera Chorus  ©  Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
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New Barber comes to San Francisco Opera

By , 13 November 2013
***11
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©  Terrence McCarthy
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Luisotti Conducts a Landmark Performance of Verdi's Requiem in San Francisco

By , 25 October 2013
*****
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Greer Grimsley  ©  Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera
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San Francisco Opera's Der Fliegende Holländer opens without director

By , 22 October 2013
***11
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Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Ainhoa Arteta (Alice Ford)  ©  Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera
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Bryn Terfel's irrepressible Falstaff with San Francisco Opera

By , 08 October 2013
***11
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Patricia Racette (Dolores Claiborne) and Wayne Tigges (Joe St. George)  ©  Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
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Tobias Picker's dark new opera Dolores Claiborne: A world première in San Francisco

By , 18 September 2013
***11
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Ildar Abdrazakov (Mefistofele) and the San Francisco Opera Chorus  ©  Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
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Strongly cast Mefistofele opens San Francisco Opera's season

By , 11 September 2013
****1
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Sasha Cooke (Mary Magdalene)  ©  Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera
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World première of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene in San Francisco

By , 19 June 2013
***11
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Matthew Polenzani and Hye Jung Lee  ©  Cory Weaver
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Matthew Polenzani is superb in San Francisco Opera's Tales of Hoffmann

By , 05 June 2013
****1
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Mark Delavan and members of the SF Opera Chorus,  ©  Cory Weaver
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Patricia Racette is remarkable as Tosca in San Francisco

By , 16 November 2012
***11
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Lohengrin Kristinn Sigmundsson, Brandon Jovanovich and Camilla Nylund,  ©  Cory Weaver.
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Lohengrin returns to San Francisco in effective new production

By , 20 October 2012
****1
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Moby Dick: Morgan Smith and the crew of the Pequod  ©  Cory Weaver
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Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick triumphs in San Francisco

By , 10 October 2012
*****
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I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Joyce DiDonato (Romeo) and Nicole Cabell (Giulietta)  ©  Cory Weaver
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Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in San Francisco

By , 03 October 2012
**111
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Jessica McMillan
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Opera in the ballpark: Rigoletto at the home of the San Francisco Giants

By , 15 September 2012
***11
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Marco Vratogna (Rigoletto) and Albina Shagimuratova (Gilda)  ©  Cory Weaver
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San Francisco Opera opens 90th season with Rigoletto

By , 08 September 2012
**111
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