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

Jim Farber - May 2, 2023

Emma O’Halloran’s techno-tinged music clothes the drama perfectly in tales of Dublin’s downtrodden.

Lisa Hirsch - May 2, 2023

Michel van der Aa’s elusive and subtle work is brilliantly realized at Cal Performances.

Jim Farber - May 2, 2023

From audience behavior and revenue to questions of repertoire and representation, arts leaders have a lot on their plates currently.

Steven Winn - April 25, 2023

Luxuriously cast, expertly directed, and conducted with fiery abandon by Richard Egarr, the show made the case for Handel’s fifth Italian opera.

Janos Gereben - April 17, 2023

The company’s first-ever commission will help to create roles for Black singers in the world of light opera.

Victoria Looseleaf - April 11, 2023

The company’s Digital Shorts, still available for viewing, brought together major-name creatives to invent 10-minute operatic films.

Jason Victor Serinus - April 2, 2023

As wonderfully as Giacomo Puccini’s opera has been served in the studio, this Warner Classics release is up there with the best.

Victoria Looseleaf - March 28, 2023

With James Conlon conducting a sensitive account of the score, and a fine cast to boot, there is no mystery to the success of this production.

Lisa Hirsch - March 27, 2023

Allen Shearer and Claudia Stevens’s operatic take on The Tempest succeeds most in musical moments that depart entirely from the original.

Jason Victor Serinus - March 27, 2023

Though the competition is formidable, Willis-Sørensen stands up to the greatest sopranos who have interpreted this song cycle.