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Performer: Sarah Shafer

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Handel: Semele
Gary Thor Wedow; James Darrah; Opera Philadelphia; Cameron Jaye Mock; Sarah Schuessler; Daniela Mack; Alex Rosen

EugeneMozart Requiem & Symphony No. 29

OBF Orchestra; Jane Glover; Sarah Shafer; Elizabeth DeShong; Colin Ainsworth; Kenneth Overton

EugeneAll-Handel Concert

OBF Baroque Orchestra; John Butt; Sarah Shafer; Arwen Myers
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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. 
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A colorful but static Magic Flute in San Francisco

© Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera
Jun Kaneko's production of The Magic Flute at San Francisco Opera is a feast for the eyes, but both the stage direction and the translation need work.
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Tutino's Two Women at San Francisco

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cesira) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Marco Tutino's Two Women at San Francisco Opera feels lacking in musical originality and its out-of-date accompanying taste of re-heated Italian verismo comes a little over-cooked.
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An air of decay: Don Carlo at Opera Philadelphia

Some very fine singing and beautiful, if sometimes confusing, visual effects in Opera Philadelphia's Don Carlo.  
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Curtis students excel in a rare Henze revival in Philadelphia

“What a funny kind of fairy tale we’ve gotten into!” proclaims one of the characters in Elegy for Young Lovers, Hans Werner Henze’s odd 1963 opera. The audience may sympathize. W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman’s libretto of an uninspired poet in search of a new muse is not standard operatic fare.
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