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

Michael Zwiebach - July 11, 2023

The opera’s chamber version was premiered in 2019 by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and represents a big win for composer Laura Schwendinger.

Victoria Looseleaf - July 4, 2023

The bass-baritone, who will appear in Verdi’s Requiem this month, has skyrocketed to success but stays humble nevertheless.

Steven Winn - July 3, 2023

The first public performance of this year’s class of Merola Opera Program singers showcases some major talent.

Lisa Hirsch - June 19, 2023

Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz’s new opera hits the bull’s-eye in every possible way and engages audiences to boot.

Victoria Looseleaf - June 13, 2023

The soprano’s interpretive skills make the case for André Previn’s final work, Penelope, among other selections.

Lisa Hirsch - June 12, 2023

In Peter Sellars’s semistaged production, everything from the orchestra to the principal performances is absolutely right.

Emily Wilson - June 9, 2023

The artistic couple and their tempestuous love is the subject of Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz’s new work, now at SF Opera.

Steven Winn - June 6, 2023

The orchestra under Donald Runnicles, soprano Nina Stemme, and David Hockney’s color-saturated set designs are the stars of this extravagant production.

Jason Victor Serinus - June 6, 2023

When the production works, it’s the music, not the directorial concept, that triumphs.

Lisa Hirsch - June 5, 2023

Stephen King’s bestselling novel comes to the opera stage with, thankfully, less luridness than Stanley Kubrick’s famous film adaptation.