Opera

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

Jim Farber - November 6, 2023

As amazing as the opera’s score and libretto are, the production has drawn raves for Kazan’s designs in particular.

Lisa Hirsch - October 31, 2023

Opera Parallèle’s latest commission for students of all ages is a worthy work in its own right.

Lily O'Brien - October 28, 2023

Fayetteville, North Carolina, is the setting for Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera — and where Raven grew up.

Jim Farber - October 24, 2023

The production’s superior direction by newcomer Rob Ashford makes Rossini’s much-performed opera buffa shine.

Ilana Walder-Biesanz - October 23, 2023

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new work, set during the American Civil War, has its characters wrestling with the nature of storytelling.

Nicholas Jones - October 23, 2023

The company’s modern premiere of Domenico Freschi’s forgotten 1681 opera gets the details right.

Lisa Hirsch - October 17, 2023

Eun Sun Kim leads a riveting performance and a cast of standouts, with three principals new to their roles.

Emery Kerekes - October 17, 2023

With an enterprising Baroque band and a cast and crew of mostly locals, a major opera director sets up a local festival in a community hall.

Emily Wilson - October 10, 2023

As he gets ready to play Lohengrin in San Francisco, O’Neill talks about his life as one of the leading Wagner tenors of his generation.

Marissa Skudlarek - October 10, 2023

Did Stephen Sondheim’s celebrated portrait of creative obsession spark ideas for composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell?