Artist Spotlight

These lively Q&A's aim to shed light on the personalities behind the music. Get to know your favorite artists...or discover someone new!


Artist Spotlight
November 19, 2013

Finding inspiration in history and pop culture, composer Michael Daugherty launches a new work for strings, provoked by Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural style.

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Artist Spotlight
November 11, 2013

Marc-André Hamelin is in a series of residencies and starts a tour with the Pacifica Quartet in S.F. Here, he talks about music and the mystery and miracle that is human creativity.

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Artist Spotlight
November 6, 2013

When playing Mozart works, pianist Jeremy Denk finds himself fascinated with the boundary he crosses between light and dark, but always follows their beauty and wonder.

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Artist Spotlight
October 27, 2013

One of America’s finest song composers turned just turned 90, without much fanfare. And that’s the way he prefers it.

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Artist Spotlight
October 21, 2013

Before his appearance at the S.F. Opera to sing the Dutchman, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley reflects on one of his most-beloved roles, as a cursed man who will never give up.

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Artist Spotlight
October 11, 2013

Greatly preferring performing live to recording, pianist András Schiff reflects on his love of Bach and Beethoven and discusses pedaling, music memory, and historical performance.

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Artist Spotlight
October 7, 2013

It has been an eventful couple of years for bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, professionally and personally. Now, he is back at the S.F. Opera for the first time in over a decade, in one of his signature roles, Verdi’s Falstaff.

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Artist Spotlight
September 25, 2013

The conductor draws on a wide palette for two weeks of concerts in San Francisco, promising excitement for audiences.

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Artist Spotlight
September 5, 2013

After successfully rebounding from colon cancer in 2010 and an embolism in July of this year, 72-year-old Plácido Domingo has proven that you can't keep a good tenor down.

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Artist Spotlight
August 30, 2013
Quadruple threat Audra McDonald warms up her extraordinary pipes for opening night at the S.F. Symphony, and talks about her love for educating youth. More »