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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 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
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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Upcoming Concert
November 18, 2018

The group’s revival of the 1738 Venetian opera features another strong woman character.

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Artist Spotlight
November 5, 2018

The South African-born soprano makes her San Francisco Opera debut this month in Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life.

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Upcoming Concert
October 25, 2018

MacArthur “genius” grant winner Matthew Aucoin and his new opera company visit ODC Theater in San Francisco.

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Artist Spotlight
October 12, 2018

The groundbreaking guitarist talks about his musical odyssey and upcoming gig at the Fox Oakland.

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