50 Year Anniversaries: “Don Giovanni” with Pilar Lorengar’s Donna Anna – San Francisco Opera, October 30, 1965

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of the 50 year anniversaries of the historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the fourteenth of sixteen such observances of performances from the company’s 1965 Fall season.   The final performance of 1965 […]

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In Quest of German Operatic Repertory – September 2017-August 2018

The following is a list of operas, all performed in German, that I am scheduled to review in San Francisco, Chicago, Sarasota and Santa Fe:   Elektra (Richard Strauss), San Francisco Opera, September 9, 13, 17(m), 19, 22 and 27, 2017.  British director Keith Warner’s production of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra”, whose sets by Boris Kudlicka,  is revived […]

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Telling the Story: An Interview with Director Paul Curran

The following interview took place on the Santa Fe Opera “ranch”, between rehearsals of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Golden Cockerel” with the deeply appreciated facilitation of the Santa Fe Opera:     [Below: Scottish director Paul Curran; edited image, based on a Christopher Reece Bowen photograph.] Wm: I like to begin each interview with some questions about […]

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