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Lianna Haroutounian's San Francisco Opera debut in 2014 heralded the arrival of a major talent. In the title role of Puccini's "Tosca," and again in... [Read More]
Anyone who missed the San Francisco Opera's season-opening production of "Turandot" in September can now officially quit bawling about it. Puccini's grand, chilly exercise... [Read More]
Much of Charles Ives' music is built around the art of seemingly chaotic juxtaposition, with many things happening side by side and all at once.... [Read More]
Everyone knows that when you hit a landmark birthday, it's fun to throw yourself a big party. Not everyone realizes how gracious it can be... [Read More]
Click HERE to download a printable PDF of this puzzle. ACROSS  1 It rules 27 in disarray (7,5)  9 Mostly, talk and smile in embarrassment (7)... [Read More]
Successful composers have never lacked for self-confidence, but the very existence of John Corigliano's song cycle "Mr. Tambourine Man" retains its power to startle. The... [Read More]
Since its founding in 1992, San Francisco's Del Sol String Quartet has been among the most tireless and innovative champions of contemporary music — expanding... [Read More]
In the wake of the devastating wildfires that brought extensive damage throughout the North Bay last month, many artistic organizations have looked for ways to... [Read More]
the Fourth of July coming early or late, depending on how you reckon... [Read More]
Tucked into the center of "Refuse the Hour," the exuberantly inventive multimedia circus by William Kentridge that opened an all-too-brief two-night run at A.C.T. on... [Read More]
Even amid the pomp and splendor of the 17th century, there was a parallel operatic tradition of intimate dramatic works created at a smaller dimension.... [Read More]
Louis Andriessen New music ... [Read More]
Violinist Leila Josefowicz, who gave a fierce and sometimes invigorating recital in Herbst Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 7, deploys her instrument with the energetic fervor... [Read More]
Les Arts Florissants, the Parisian Baroque troupe led by the expatriate American conductor and harpsichordist William Christie, does a good job conjuring up the grandeur... [Read More]
One of the things that can surely make opera more approachable is to get it out of the opera house and start spreading the music... [Read More]
somewhat mercenary, somewhat light-hearted, not entirely successful... [Read More]
If there's one thing Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra do superbly well, it's playing the music of Russian composers. Not just the familiar marquee... [Read More]
Tenor Michael Fabiano has undertaken various deeds of operatic heroism at the San Francisco Opera since making his company debut six years ago in a... [Read More]
For nearly a quarter century, Michael Tilson Thomas has offered San Francisco Symphony patrons - and observers around the world - a virtuoso display of... [Read More]
For a terse snapshot of the way sensibilities evolved during the first half of the 20th century, take a gander at the two big orchestral... [Read More]