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Lily O'Brien

Lily O'Brien is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the performing arts. She has written feature articles and previews for a variety of publications including Downbeat, JazzTimes, Marin Arts & Culture, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Marin Independent Journal, and Strings magazine. She is a singer who has performed professionally in a variety of genres, and an avid world traveler and bicyclist.

Articles by this Author

Artist Spotlight
October 19, 2019

The jazz virtuoso has an upcoming gig at SFJAZZ. He reveals his wildly eclectic influences.

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Artist Spotlight
September 27, 2019

The celebrated conductor talks about his musical journey and his return to SF Opera for Figaro, which opens Oct. 11.

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Artist Spotlight
September 11, 2019

The acclaimed pianist chats about recording the complete Beethoven sonatas, which he’ll play in his upcoming solo run at Hertz Hall.

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Artist Spotlight
August 25, 2019

The baritone says his lead role with SF Opera can be traced back to a single aria.

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Artist Spotlight
July 11, 2019

The pianist/composer is stretching himself and keeping a lot of balls in the air.

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Artist Spotlight
July 6, 2019

The electric harpist talks about her unusual trio and their bold new sound.

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Artist Spotlight
July 6, 2019

The couple presents Musto’s comedic opera, Bastianello, at Festival Napa Valley.

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Jazz Review
July 2, 2019

Notable guests join the hip big band as it premieres selections from a new CD.

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Artist Spotlight
June 14, 2019

The bassist’s latest piece is a tribute to his Sephardic ancestors.

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Artist Spotlight
June 7, 2019

The young conductor muses on his time in San Francisco and about what’s next.

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Artist Spotlight
June 6, 2019

In advance of her gig at SFJAZZ, the accomplished young singer talks about her influences, challenges, and the confluence of politics and music.

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Artist Spotlight
May 20, 2019

The go-to coloratura talks about her special relationship with local ensembles and upcoming performances in wide-ranging roles.

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Upcoming Concert
May 6, 2019

Polymath Niloufar Talebi’s operatic performance piece premieres at Z Space this week.

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Artist Spotlight
April 26, 2019

The young keyboard wizard and conductor chats about his new position as executive director of the SFEMS.

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Feature Article
April 20, 2019

The multinational group offers the local premiere of a new work for Cal Performances on May 3.

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Artist Spotlight
April 13, 2019

The pianist and composer plays SFJAZZ with his trio April 20–21.

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Artist Spotlight
February 18, 2019

Everyone’s favorite mezzo-soprano adventures outside the opera world with her latest album.

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Artist Spotlight
February 9, 2019

Composer Allen Shearer and librettist Claudia Stevens talk about the creation of their new opera, which premieres in collaboration with Earplay this month.

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Artist Spotlight
January 15, 2019

The composer brings new work to the Pivot festival inspired by a cross-country train adventure.

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Artist Spotlight
November 30, 2018

The renowned conductor talks about her long career, her new book on Handel, and her upcoming stint with the S.F Symphony.

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