Posts Tagged ‘Opera’

Our San Francisco Opera Has a Hit on Its Hands: Read All the Great Reviews for “Show Boat”

Friday, June 6th, 2014

(Certainly this is not your typical opera.)

The reviews are IN:

S.F. Opera review: ‘Show Boat’ a riveting slice of the South by Joshua Kosman

“Show Boat” – Jerome Kern’s Masterpiece at San Francisco Opera by Sean Martinfield

Review: San Francisco Opera’s ‘Show Boat’ sizzles by Richard Scheinin

San Francisco Theater Review: SHOW BOAT by Paul Selar

Get the deets at our San Francisco Opera.

The SF Opera, Symphony, and Ballet Team Up to Offer Estate Planning Advice for LGBT Couples on June 5th

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Well, Gentle Reader, you’re richer, older, and wiser than I, so I won’t spell out who’s doing what for why.

I think this might be good for you:



Deb L. Kinney explains what you need to know post Windsor and DOMA

Estate planning for the LGBT community has always been complicated. With changes in the law since the seminal case of The United States v. Windsor, same-sex couples are afforded most federal recognition, but are there simpler plans? How does or would marriage change your estate plan or your income, estate and property tax issues? Does it matter if you move from California or have income or assets in other states?

Deb L. Kinney from Johnston Kinney and Zulaica LLP will lead a lively seminar and discussion on the various changes in the law since Windsor was decided. Specifically Deb will talk about estate planning and whether you want one trust or two, social security benefits and how to take advantage of lifetime and death benefits, the importance of properly titling and/or retitling real property and other assets, Medicare benefits, pre-nuptial agreements, deferred tax retirement accounts, and charitable giving.

Join us on June 5th from 6pm to 8pm at the Chris Hellman Center for Dance, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco. For more information about this event, please contact San Francisco Ballet Planned Giving Manager Elizabeth Lani at 415.865.6623

This event is jointly hosted by:

(And let me just say that New College of the Law is what you make of it, or rather, was what you made of it since it’s defunct now. Some, like infamous non-attorney “Ivory Madison,” want to use it to make boasts about being “trained as an attorney,” whilst others, you know, graduated, passed the bar and developed a specialty – which do you think is more upworthy, just saying.)

OMG, It’s Opera Season! Get Your Tickets Now – “Heart of a Soldier” World Premiere – “Carmen for Families”

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Well, our San Francisco Opera‘s  2011 season is just around the corner. Look what’s in store:

Check out Heart of a Soldier – that’s a World Premiere right there. It’s about 9/11, among other things. Looks like it could be awesome.

Or Carmen for Families – our SF Opera has a couple of those shows going this season.

Get your tickets now, why not?

Be like this guy – he’ll be there this season, prob.

“Opera in the Alley,” Maiden Lane, specifically.

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All right, see you there!

1961 Dello Joio/Hoffman, Blood Moon
1976 Imbrie/Hall, Angle of Repose
1976 Ives, Meeting Mr. Ives [Spring Opera Theater]
1980 Mechem, Tartuffe [Opera Center]
1982 Fine, The Women in the Garden [Opera Center]
1982 Harbison, Full Moon in March [Opera Center]
1994 Susa/ Littell, The Dangerous Liaisons
1998 Previn/Littell, A Streetcar Named Desire
2000 Heggie/McNally, Dead Man Walking
2001 Chukhadjian/Tersian, Arshak II
2005 Adams/Sellars, Doctor Atomic
2007 Pasatieri, The Hotel Casablanca [Merola Opera Program]
2007 Glass/Hampton, Appomattox
2008 Wallace/Tan, The Bonesetter’s Daughter
2011 Theofanidis/DiNovelli, Heart of a Soldier (planned)

Do You Look Like This Sexy Man? If So, Feel Free to Apply to be a Supernumerary in Our SF Opera’s Turandot!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Turnadot is coming on September 9th, 2011 at our San Francisco Opera – here’s your chance to be part of the show.

Vis the SF Opera Facebook:

Do you look like this? We are looking for 4 men to be supernumeraries in Turandot wearing this costume (or lack there of!). Anyone interested in this chance of a lifetime should call 415-565-6481 or email Not a lot of pay, but a lot of exposure! Rehearsals start next week, so don’t delay.” 

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Oh my.

Giants Fever Sweeps Over Civic Center – A Huge Crowd Already This Morning – All the Good Vantage Points are Gone

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Well it’s still early but there’s already pandemonium on the streets of San Francisco over the Giants winning the World Series 4-1.

As you can see, spectators are already lined up, camped out. The parade and celebration will soon begin.

And Placido Domingo, the greatest opera singer in modern times, is in the house.

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Our SFMOMA has an idea about the ideal viewing spot, but I don’t think anyone will be allowed up there but police snipers, prob:

“Clark” and “Lincecum” just came by BART:

If you have to watch over the office while your colleagues join the madding crowd, feel free to take in the action on UStream.

In the meantime, just crank up the Giants-themed smooth reggae from Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Congratulations, GIANTS!

¡Enhorabuena, GIGANTES!

What It’s Like at the San Francisco Opera – The Bay Citizen Presents “Our Night at the Opera”

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Aida is still playing at our San Francisco Opera – you’ll have until December 5th, 2010 to check it out for as cheap as $20.

But first, see what it’s like behind-the-scenes at The Bay Citizen‘s multimedia tick tock: Our Night at thre Opera.

And here are some of their vids:

Opera singer Zajick warming up in the hallway:
7:24 PM – Outside the Stage Door, Dolora Zajick Warms Up

A really charmingly candid moment with SF Opera Music Director:
10:38 PM – The Last Word to Nicola Luisotti

Credit: Russel Daniels

All right, see you there!

Hundreds Show for Ukranian Day in Golden Gate Park – 19th Anniversary of Independence

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Ukranian Independence Day drew quite a crowd to the Golden Gate Park Bandshell yesterday.

The Ukrainian Day Concert will take place at the Music Concourse Bandshell in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, August 29, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In celebration of the 19th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, Golden Gate Park will fill with local Ukrainian performers displaying traditional costumes and sharing folk dances with the public. Ukrainian songs and music will create a jubilant setting for locals looking to explore one of the many cultures residing in San Francisco. Usually, people bring along a picnic to enjoy during the festivities.”


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The joint was put on by the Ukrainian-American Coordinating Council of Northern California

All the deets:

See you next year!

See Civic Center as it Used to Be, In This Undated Photo at a San Francisco McDonalds

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

San Francisco’s City Hall was swarmed with people the day this undated photo was taken, but when was that?

It’s hard to say – the 1930’s? The twin fountains and the lollipop trees should be good clues…

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Brace Yourselves – Tosca is Coming to the San Francisco Opera June 2-26

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

For the price of just one San Francisco parking ticket, you can grab two friends and go see Puccini’s Tosca at the San Francisco Opera from June 2 to June 26, 2009. That’s right, as little as $20 will get you a seat this go around. You are so there, dude!

What’s wrong with that? Read the FAQ, baby – the choices you see before you are specifically designed for opera virgins, for Philistines such as yourself. It’s accessible for All.

See you there!

An idealistic artist, a celebrated singer and a corrupt police chief engage in a fierce battle of wills in this tempestuous tale of cruelty and deception. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and official hypocrisy, Puccini’s great melodrama set in 1800 is anything but dated. Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, praised by The New York Times for her “lushly beautiful sound and poignant vulnerability,” makes her Company debut in the title role. Baritone Lado Ataneli (Scarpia) has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as possessing “one of the healthiest, roundest, most mellifluous voices on the planet.” Honey-voiced Italian tenor Roberto Aronica makes up the third side of this fatal love triangle.

San Francisco Ballet’s Fantastic Program 6: Stravinsky, Golden Hour, West Side Story

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The San Francisco Ballet just premiered Program 6 on Friday and the way things work with its Rep Program, you only have three more shows this week to check it out. Janos Gereben has a glowing review of Friday’s show, as does Rachel Howard.

And you can get a behind the scenes view from Shannon Roberts (who was so happy being able to “talk and yell” onstage) and from Ballet Master and City Lights Luminary Ricardo Bustamonte.

The Stravinsky Violin Concerto:

San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto © Erik Tomasson

Within the Golden Hour. Some people gasped when they saw this bit:

Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba in Wheeldon’s Within The Golden Hour. © Erik Tomasson

And West Side Story Suite, about as close to Broadway as ballet can get, with Jets and Sharks and rumbles, oh my:

San Francisco Ballet in Robbins’ West Side Story Suite © Erik Tomasson

So there you have it, Program 6 is quite the spectacle. You might go for one reason and then find something else you like more. And if you sign up for the SF Ballet’s Twitter, you can get a discount April 7-9.

Expected casting, after the jump.

See you there!