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Culture, The Exhibitionist Instant Love: Selfies Through the Ages at the Museum of Performance and Design

Instant Love: Selfies Through the Ages at the Museum of Performance and Design

"Call for selfies!" exclaimed a banner on the website of SOMA's Museum of Performance and Design's website. Part of the museums upcoming Instant Love, performers of all backgrounds were encouraged to send in their favorite backstage moments. These moments include…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Show Boat": A Story About Race, Class, and Gambling, Gets the Operatic Treatment

"Show Boat": A Story About Race, Class, and Gambling, Gets the Operatic Treatment

Not all the subscribers to the San Francisco Opera were thrilled when the announcement came that "Show Boat," the 1927 musical based on Edna Ferber's novel, would lead off the summer season, says David Gockley, the general director of…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Plight of the Valkyries: The San Francisco Opera, Like So Many Others, Fights to Keep the Fat Lady Quiet

Plight of the Valkyries: The San Francisco Opera, Like So Many Others, Fights to Keep the Fat Lady Quiet

It's early Saturday morning, and the gathered throng patiently waits, five abreast, in a line snaking around three lengthy blocks of a neighborhood that hasn't quite figured out what costume to wear. Body and fender shops and storage facilities abut…
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Calendar, Night&Day Curtain Call

Curtain Call

The San Francisco Opera celebrates its 90th season with a jam-packed, community event. The Opera Community Open House is an insider glimpse into the world of opera and stage production. A host of activities guide attendees through the various stages…
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Calendar, Night&Day What’s Opera, Doc?

What’s Opera, Doc?

Probably a lot of perfectly good culture gets avoided because people just don’t get it. Without a baseline understanding of the art in question, they have no context for appreciation, and so are confused, and made angry, which is why…
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Music, All Shook Down Stern Grove 2012 Lineup: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ozomatli, OK GO, and More to Play Free This Summer

Stern Grove 2012 Lineup: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ozomatli, OK GO, and More to Play Free This Summer

Festival season is now in full swing. And San Francisco's own Stern Grove Festival -- which brings free performances to that serene grove on the western side of the city -- just announced its 2012 lineup, which includes Preservation…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Opening-Weekend Outfits at the S.F. Opera

Opening-Weekend Outfits at the S.F. Opera

Opening night at the San Francisco Opera and the Black and White Ball are probably the two top events in the city for dressing up (in formal attire, as opposed to fancy or wild costume or drag, for which there's…
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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 Francesca Zambello Faces her 'Opera Armageddon' in Directing Wagner's <i>Ring</i> Cycle

Francesca Zambello Faces her 'Opera Armageddon' in Directing Wagner's Ring Cycle

100 Profiles: SF Weekly interviews 100 people in San Francisco arts and culture. No. 85: Francesca Zambello Tuesday marks the opening of the first of San Francisco Opera's three performances of Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung. Commonly known as…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Opera Casting Call for 'Big and Strong' Men for Mystery Show

San Francisco Opera Casting Call for 'Big and Strong' Men for Mystery Show

Earlier today, my colleague Ian Port spotted a decidedly not-Figaro opera casting call seeking musclebound galoots with expertise in "push-ups, pull-ups, body strength, endurance, hand-over-hand, staged combat and full body control."Placido Domingo need not apply, apparently. Wondering what show might…
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Culture, Stage Fall Arts: A designer and a diva give flavor to "Aida"

Fall Arts: A designer and a diva give flavor to "Aida"

The production of Verdi's Aida that kicks off San Francisco Opera's fall season on Sept. 10 bears the imprints of two inimitable artists. One has made the craft of operatic singing her life's work. The other found her way into…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Richard Strauss' Salom&eacute; at War Memorial Opera House

Friday Night: Richard Strauss' Salomé at War Memorial Opera House

Richard Strauss' SaloméWar Memorial Opera HouseFriday, Oct. 30, 2009Better than: Sunday schoolOf the six operas that comprise San Francisco Opera's fall 2009 season, Richard Strauss' Salomé is the outlier -- a production that, by design, represents something of a departure…
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Culture, Feature The Maestro

The Maestro

Italy runs in San Francisco Opera's blood like vin santo down the throat of a tipsy padre. In 1923, it was an Italian, Gaetano Merola, who persuaded City Hall to support a full-time opera organization rather than depend upon touring…
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Music, All Shook Down A.C.T., SF Ballet and SF Opera Change Horses Midstream

A.C.T., SF Ballet and SF Opera Change Horses Midstream

The top echelons of a few major Bay Arts organizations are going through a bit of a seismic shift. Something weird is going around. By Chloe Veltman It's been a strange few weeks for a journalist working in the…
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Music, All Shook Down From Madama Butterfly to Barry Bonds: Opera at the Ball Park

From Madama Butterfly to Barry Bonds: Opera at the Ball Park

San Francisco Opera and The San Francisco Giants might seem like odd partners. But they're teaming up for an unusual event this Friday. By Chloe Veltman San Francisco Opera has been experimenting with offering free, live simulcasts of its…
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News, Feature

The Lowdown

Though historically a time for pensiveness, this year's busy fall schedule offers little time for rest or reflection. The San Francisco Opera drives the point home by starting its season with two rousing grand operas: the Old Testament bacchanal of…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Up-and-Coming Power Couple

In the pantheon of powerful pairs to be found preening on opening night at the San Francisco Opera, some stand out more than others. There are, of course, Mayor Willie Brown and Carolyn Carpeneti, da lame duck's fund-raiser and mama…
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Music, Rebuilding Babylon

Rebuilding Babylon

Backstage at the War Memorial Opera House, manager of fabric props Dawn Roth shows off her handiwork: a richly textured, red velvet altar cloth for Verdi's Nabucco that is resplendent with gold trim, metal rivets, and multicolored glass jewels. "You…
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Calendar, Night&Day

All Hands on Deck

While giants trudge along the foggy banks of the Rhine and Valhalla explodes into flames, the stage crew for Wagner's Ring cycle are betting on poker and cracking wise in the Opera House basement. Documentary filmmaker Jon Else gives us…
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