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Performer: Andrea Silvestrelli

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WashingtonDon CarloNew production

Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Philippe Auguin; Tim Albery; Washington National Opera; Andrew Lieberman; Constance Hoffman; Eric Owens; Peter Volpe

San FranciscoDas Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Donald Runnicles; Francesca Zambello; San Francisco Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Greer Grimsley; Jamie Barton

San FranciscoGötterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Donald Runnicles; Francesca Zambello; San Francisco Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Daniel Brenna; Evelyn Herlitzius
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Mozart's genius shines clearly in San Francisco Opera's darkly comic production of Don Giovanni

Ana Maria Martinez (Donna Elvira), Erin Wall (Donna Anna) Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Don Ottavio) © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
Dangling and turning like shards of a giant overhead chandelier in Don Giovanni’s banquet hall, this is an evocative multimedia production that tantalizes the senses while shining new light on Mozart's genius. 
****1
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Quinn Kelsey excels as Rigoletto in San Francisco

Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) and Nino Machaidze (Gilda) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
If you love Verdi's inventive music, enjoy fabulous male voices in particular, and appreciate great opera conducting with exquisitely sensitive orchestral playing – then this Rigoletto is a must.
****1
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In new Norma, bel canto in the Iron Age

Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma) © Cory Weaver
In the end, Newbury’s production leaves you with more questions than it answers. 
**111
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Musically perfect Don Carlo in San Francisco

Michael Fabiano (Don Carlo) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Rodrigo) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
A dream cast come true in Don Carlo at San Francisco Opera. Emilio Sagi's direction is the only weak link in this production.
****1
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Fear in future past: Siegfried at Houston Grand Opera

Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried) © Lynn Lane
The production is a disconcerting combination of cold metallic future and Neanderthal aesthetics – a startling pairing of humanity’s beginning and its end. 
****1
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