San Francisco

SFCV’s writers report on topics relevant to the San Francisco area.

Nicholas Jones - October 23, 2023

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

Andrew Gilbert - October 23, 2023

The seasoned tenor player makes his Bay Area debut as a bandleader in one high-energy set after another.

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.

Josef Woodard - October 10, 2023

The maverick saxophonist and composer busts open the recital format and makes it exciting with his multidirectional improvisations.

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?

Andrew Gilbert - October 10, 2023

You still hear the influence of the Great American Songbook, but younger vocalists are taking inspiration and material from other genres, too.

Janos Gereben - October 9, 2023

Get ready for the latest 17th-century world premiere from Céline Ricci and company.

Janos Gereben - October 9, 2023

With his San Francisco-based dance company, Makuakāne has long championed a tradition that others have overlooked.