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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
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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Upcoming Concert
September 15, 2018

Trumpeter Sean Jones and a band of all-stars explore cross-cultural currents in this centennial presentation for S.F. Performances.

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Artist Spotlight
September 14, 2018

The didgeridoo virtuoso blazes new musical paths with diverse collaborators from around the globe.

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Upcoming Concert
July 27, 2018

A new opera, based on historical records, brings the life of the exotic dancer to the West Edge Opera stage.

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Artist Spotlight
June 26, 2018

The sitar virtuoso returns to the Bay Area in July. She shares stories of her fabled upbringing, finding her own path, and her efforts to support refugees.

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