SFCV’s perceptive writers report on topics relevant to opera.

Nicholas Jones - March 21, 2023

The annual showcase of excerpts from operatic works-in-progress confirms the future is bright for today’s composers and librettists.

Lisa Houston - March 18, 2023

This new telling of The Tempest from composer Allen Shearer and librettist Claudia Stevens premieres March 25 at Herbst Theatre.

Victoria Looseleaf - March 14, 2023

The new chamber opera about prophecy and instability is the climax of the artist’s yearlong residency at UC Berkeley.

Michael Zwiebach - March 10, 2023

Building on the company’s recent success, General Director Shawna Lucey unveils a lineup with more firsts and some welcome blasts from the past.

Chrysanthe Tan - March 7, 2023

The famous 19th-century mezzo Pauline García Viardot wrote this work for her children and vocal students, and it still holds up today.

Jim Farber - February 28, 2023

In a major recital for LA Opera, the tenor sings three world premieres dealing directly with being proudly gay.

Tom Jacobs - February 27, 2023

Music Director James Conlon devises a citywide celebration of the composer ahead of LA Opera’s production of Pelléas and Mélisande.

Janos Gereben - February 24, 2023

As ever, the future of opera looks bright with this incoming class of singers, pianists, and stars in the making.

Josef Woodard - February 21, 2023

The company realizes Jack Perla’s one-act An American Dream in vivid detail.

Lou Fancher - February 21, 2023

The tight-knight vocal ensemble that specializes in the music of Eastern Europe has been developing BABA with conductor Karmina Šilec.