The Runnicles, Hockney “Tristan” in S. F. – October 22, 2006

Conductor Donald Runnicles has had an extraordinary impact over more than a decade and a half of musical performances at the San Francisco Opera, serving with three quite different personalities holding the General Director position – Lotfi Mansouri, Pamela Rosenberg, and David Gockley. The Fall, 2006 S. F. Opera season is notable for two events.  The first […]

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Hvorostovsky, Guryakova, Berti Excel in Houston “Simon Boccanegra” – November 4, 2006

Those who lament the current day’s supposed absence of large Verdian voices would be encouraged by the Houston Grand Opera’s 2006 mounting of the Royal Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”. Those who hope that new San Francisco Opera Director David Gockley will be able to restore the tradition of presenting large Verdian voices in […]

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Going For the Gold: Kirov Ring’s “Das Rheingold” in Costa Mesa – October 6, 2006

Fifty years ago in Los Angeles, when I saw my first Wagnerian Opera, it was the San Francisco Opera company that travelled to Southern California to share its wealth of “world class” opera performances. Now, we have had the unpleasant experience of a decade of decline in San Francisco, which the new management of David […]

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