Music Articles

Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.

Feature Article
February 4, 2015

Sister Helen Prejean, composer Jake Heggie, and Opera Parallele artistic director Nicole Paiement reflect on the creation and artistic success of the opera.

More "<em>Dead Man Walking</em> Has Legs and a New Production" »
Feature Article
February 3, 2015

The “formidable” pianist sits down to talk about her music, her advocacy, and her upcoming performances in S.F. with the Rotterdam Philhamonic and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

More "On the Bench: Hélène Grimaud" »
Feature Article
January 7, 2015

The last S.F. Opera season planned by David Gockley is heavy on thrills, with an unusual double bill and a Sondheim classic.

More "San Francisco Opera Announces 2015-16 Season " »
Feature Article
January 6, 2015

We introduce the first group of writers in SFCV’s Emerging Writer Program.

More "<em>SFCV</em> Brings Emerging Writers to the Fore" »
Feature Article
John Luther Adams
January 6, 2015

Three recent releases confirm the excellent health of U.S. contemporary music.

More "<em>Become Ocean</em> and Vistas of American Music" »
Feature Article
Emanuel Ax
January 6, 2015

The great pianist talks about his ambitious San Francisco recital, the anxieties of recording, and making friends in the business.

More "Artists On the Bench: This Week With Emanuel Ax" »
Feature Article
Ildar Abdrazakov as Mefistofele
December 26, 2014

What better way to get your New Year off to a great start than with three videos that have a strong relationship with San Francisco Opera.

More "Three "Local Angle" Opera Videos" »
Feature Article
Masterpieces in Miniature
December 17, 2014

Great music and gift ideas for classical music lovers (and how to get hold of them quickly).

More "Top Musical Gifts for the Holiday" »
Feature Article
San Francisco Opera Costumes
December 2, 2014

In San Francisco Opera’s understudy room, a sense of camaraderie and good humor prevails, as singers watch a production they’ve prepared to perform, but which will go on without them.

More "Things You Never Knew About Being an Understudy" »
News Report
Metropolitan Opera
November 23, 2014

News comes that the Met's deficit is it's most serious in decades, while the S.F. Opera's is way down.

More "Met Deficit Way Up, S.F. Opera Looks Good " »