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Golda Schultz (Clara) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

It's a Wonderful Life: a new holiday tradition for the opera world

By , 20 November 2018
*****
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Tango time © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring

By , 19 June 2018
****1
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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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

Beauty and madness mingle in Nijinsky

By , 03 April 2018
****1
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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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

The Grit and Glamour of San Francisco Ballet's 85th Season Gala

By , 18 January 2018
***11
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Rubén Martín Cintas in Tomasson's Nutcracker © Erik Tommason
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

A Turandot to remember in San Francisco

By , 03 December 2017
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Davóne Tines (Ned Peters), Julia Bullock (Dame Shirley) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

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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Christine Goerke (Elektra) and Adrianne Pieczonka (Chrysothemis) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Night at the Elektra museum in San Francisco

By , 13 September 2017
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Martina Serafin (Turandot) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

Quinn Kelsey excels as Rigoletto in San Francisco

By , 31 May 2017
****1
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Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Wheeldon's Cinderella © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

SF Ballet’s Program 7: Made to Dance

By , 08 April 2017
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© Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

Precision and Beauty in San Francisco Ballet’s Swan Lake

By , 31 March 2017
****1
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Dores Andre in Arthur Pita's Salome © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

Arthur Pita’s Salome for San Francisco Ballet is both sexy and sinister

By , 09 March 2017
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San Francisco Ballet in Prodigal Son © © The Balanchine Trust, Photo © Erik Tomasson
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San Francisco Ballet’s Program 4 is a must see for Balanchine fans

By , 07 March 2017
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Vitor Luiz in Scarlett's Frankenstein © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

Frankenstein at San Francisco Ballet: Is traditional ballet enough?

By , 17 February 2017
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Lorena Feijoo in Possokhov's Optimistic Tragedy © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

Possokhov’s Optimistic Tragedy provokes and pleases in San Francisco Ballet’s Program 2

By , 26 January 2017
****1
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Ruben Martin (Drosselmeyer) and company in Tomasson's Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet brings on the holidays with Tomasson's elegant, classic Nutcracker.

By , 10 December 2016
****1
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Leah Crocetto (Aida) and Brian Jagde © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

Comedy and cruelty in Don Pasquale at San Francisco Opera

By , 28 September 2016
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Yijie Shi (Bao Yu) and dancer © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A Dream doesn't quite come true at San Francisco Opera

By , 10 September 2016
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Yonghoon Lee (Andrea Chénier) and Anna Pirozzi (Maddalena) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

A Carmen for Our Time from Bieito in San Francisco

By , 27 May 2016
****1
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Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz in Cranko's Onegin © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet concludes season with Cranko’s masterful Onegin

By , 30 April 2016
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Frances Chung, Jennifer Stahl, Dores André, Joseph Walsh in Peck's In the Countenance of the King © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

The old, the new: Avant-garde works at San Francisco Ballet

By , 07 April 2016
***11
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Sofiane Sylve and Luke Ingham in Tomasson's Prism © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet's Program 6: An homage to abstract ballet and the contemporary dancer’s talents

By , 05 April 2016
****1
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Yuan Yuan Tan and Davit Karapetyan in Robbins' Dances at a Gathering © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

SFB’s Program 5 makes a splash with Swimmer and Dances at a Gathering

By , 16 March 2016
****1
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Vitor Luiz and Frances Chung © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

The sweetness of innocence: San Francisco Ballet's Coppélia

By , 08 March 2016
***11
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Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets in Swan Lake © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet's corps is a flock of stars in Tomasson's Swan Lake

By , 19 February 2016
***11
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Sofianne Sylve in Scarlett's Fearful Symmetries © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet's Program 2: Witty, Fun and Not So Witty or Fun

By , 27 January 2016
***11
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Esteban Hernandez and Wei Wang in Possokhov's Magrittomania © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

Surreal whimsy: Magrittomania sets San Francisco Ballet’s season off to a promising start

By , 24 January 2016
****1
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<span>Val Caniparoli in Tomasson's Nutcracker</span> © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker ushers in the holiday

By , 16 December 2015
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Jason Bridges (Edgar Allan Poe in Usher House) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

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
San Francisco

Die Meistersinger: A rewarding operatic marathon in San Francisco

By , 18 November 2015
*****
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© Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A colorful but static Magic Flute in San Francisco

By , 20 October 2015
***11
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