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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: S.F. Opera Opens Its 90th Season with <em>Rigoletto</em>

Video of the Day: S.F. Opera Opens Its 90th Season with Rigoletto

When Verdi's Rigoletto debuted in 1851, censors demanded changes. The libretto, based on Victor Hugo's long-banned play The King Amuses Himself, now begins with the shameless Duke of Mantua (a thinly veiled Francis I of France) and his hunchback jester,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Tosca, S.F.'s Best (Only?) Opera Bar, Is In Trouble With the Landlord

The Tosca, S.F.'s Best (Only?) Opera Bar, Is In Trouble With the Landlord

When you want to hear classic opera played on vinyl from an old-school jukebox, while drinking old-school cocktails, there's only once place to go in San Francisco: the Tosca Cafe. The North Beach watering hole is a haven of class,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Big Production Writ Small: SF Parlor Opera Takes On Carlisle Floyd's <i>Susannah</i>

Big Production Writ Small: SF Parlor Opera Takes On Carlisle Floyd's Susannah

By picking Carlisle Floyd's Susannah for its eighth production, San Francisco Parlor Opera has cunningly rendered moot your last excuse for not checking out its consistently terrific shows. The company has always performed its chosen operas in their original languages,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Wet Weather Can't Drown SF Parlor Opera's Outdoor Production of <i>Susannah</i>

Wet Weather Can't Drown SF Parlor Opera's Outdoor Production of Susannah

George Carlin famously noted that the differences between football and baseball offer telling insights about culture and character. "Football is played in any kind of weather," he observed. "Rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog ... can't see the game, don't know…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SF Opera Breathes Dark and Lusty Life into 200-Year-Old <i>Don Giovanni</i>

SF Opera Breathes Dark and Lusty Life into 200-Year-Old Don Giovanni

Within the past three years, local audiences have had the opportunity to experience productions of Mozart's Don Giovanni on a small scale (SF Parlor Opera), a medium one (SF Lyric Opera), and now large (SF Opera). On one hand, this…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Young Soprano Shines in SF Opera's Masterful Production of Puccini's <i>Turandot</i>

Young Soprano Shines in SF Opera's Masterful Production of Puccini's Turandot

Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini @ War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Sept. 17, 2011 After the half-baked Heart of a Soldier, Saturday night's performance of Turandot at SF Opera felt as reassuring as waking up to the realization that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ensemble Parall&egrave;le Pushes Gertrude Stein's Opera <i>Four Saints in Three Acts</i> Further into the Avante-Garde

Ensemble Parallèle Pushes Gertrude Stein's Opera Four Saints in Three Acts Further into the Avante-Garde

When she wasn't busy collecting art, fomenting literary movements, and dissing her childhood home in Oakland, Gertrude Stein used her inimitable talents to help create a most inimitable opera -- 1934's Four Saints in Three Acts. Beginning Thursday, this vision…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Opera Union Negotiations Went So Well That We All Get More Opera

San Francisco Opera Union Negotiations Went So Well That We All Get More Opera

The San Francisco Opera Association (management) and the American Federation of Musicians Local 6 (music workers) just announced that they are all very happy. For one thing, the new three-year contract they agreed on somehow gets the workers the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ensemble Parall&egrave;le: Small Company Stages Big Production in Orph&eacute;e at Herbst Theatre

Ensemble Parallèle: Small Company Stages Big Production in Orphée at Herbst Theatre

Much like love, Ensemble Parallèle's production of the Philip Glass opera Orphée was a many-splendored thing. Not only did the production feature the usual operatic suspects (vocals, instrumental music, set, and costume design), but the audience at Herbst Theatre this…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Verdi's Otello at War Memorial Opera House

Friday Night: Verdi's Otello at War Memorial Opera House

Verdi's Otello War Memorial Opera HouseFriday, Nov. 13, 2009Better than: Most professional athletes' returns from retirementLocal opera fans may not realize it, but they owe a debt of gratitude to Giulio Ricordi and Arrigo Boito. Without the machinations of these…
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News, The Snitch Just One Problem With Supes' Approved Plan To Defund $510K From Opera, Ballet, Theater -- It Wasn't Legal

Just One Problem With Supes' Approved Plan To Defund $510K From Opera, Ballet, Theater -- It Wasn't Legal

On San Francisco's fiscally sinking ship, a majority of our supervisors voted Tuesday to toss the record player overboard via half a million dollars in cuts to the city's opera, ballet and American Conservatory Theater. But while men frantically hurling…
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News, The Snitch BART&rsquo;s Babbling Brook

BART’s Babbling Brook

By John Geluardi If you’re ever tired of the concrete, steel and glass that dominates San Francisco’s downtown, take in a refreshing, inner-city nature hike to the Powell Street BART Station. That’s right, you go all the way down…
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News, The Snitch Obama Wows 'Em At Tosca Cafe

Obama Wows 'Em At Tosca Cafe

By John Geluardi Tosca Café is a great place for a celebration. The bar, named after the Giacomo Puccinni opera about impossible love set against a backdrop of corrupt and abusive government power, was the Bay Area gathering place…
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Music, All Shook Down

Paul Potts: Pure Inspiration

Need a pick me up? Watch this amateur just DESTROY the UK's version of American Idol. Paul Potts hits American shores 9.17 America may not like opera, but we adore underdogs. -d2…
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