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Calendar, Night&Day Deathless River

Deathless River

If a jealous one-eyed monster heaved a boulder at your lover, resulting in his mortal injury, a modern girl might engage a lawyer or a hit man. But the fair Nereid Galatea does not resort to restraining orders or…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shake It Out

Shake It Out

Illness gets bused in from Nevada. It rises up between the cracks of the sidewalk. It sleeps in the park and by the fountain at the U.N. Plaza. It's in the stench in the seams of the escalator. It…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wide Range

Wide Range

Michelle Jasso used to perform opera in the traditional, grand way, but then, she says, “I got bored.” The way performers simply stand and sing, or as she puts it, “park ‘n bark,” neglecting movement and acting, makes the stories…
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Calendar, Night&Day Operagate

Operagate

“Richard Nixon” and “hero” are terms that may not harmonize in the post-Watergate era, but John Adams’ opera Nixon in China casts the now-disgraced president in precisely that role. The account of Nixon’s 1972 summit with Chairman Mao deftly balances…
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Indoor Fireworks

Pity the poor parlor. The historically stuffy bastion of chintz pillows and antimacassars is as likely to be associated with arcane Victorian card games as it is to not exist at all in contemporary dwellings. Bravo to San Francisco Parlor…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fiiiiiigaro!

Fiiiiiigaro!

The Marriage of Figaro is Mozart’s most beloved opera, surpassing even Don Giovanni on the popularity charts these days: By the middle of March, it will have been produced by no less than four Bay Area companies. In San Francisco,…
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7 Sins. Halfway through James Judd's entertaining 75-minute solo show, it dawns on you: Who the hell is this guy and why am I laughing so hard? While autobiographical one-person shows are nothing new, it's one thing to keep an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Figaro Figaro Figaro

Figaro Figaro Figaro

Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, ossia la folle giornata ( The Marriage of Figaro, or the Day of Madness), is one of the ten most performed operas in the United States. It falls just behind The Barber of Seville, in…
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Figaro. People are so seduced by Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro that they tend to overlook the opera's anarchic roots. Historians today widely consider the 18th-century French dramatist Beaumarchais' stage play of the same title to have performed a major…
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Figaro. People are so seduced by Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro that they tend to overlook the opera's anarchic roots. Historians today widely consider the 18th-century French dramatist Beaumarchais' stage play of the same title to have performed a major…
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Culture, Stage Berkeley Rep's <i>Figaro</i> is light entertainment

Berkeley Rep's Figaro is light entertainment

It's hard to imagine a work of art more redolent of the cultural establishment than Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. The staple of international opera houses and "Top 10 Operas of All Time" lists has become so closely tied to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Old Jazz Hand

Old Jazz Hand

Downtown New York City players are known for combining world-class musicianship with avant-garde extremism. Yet even in such company, pianist Uri Caine stands apart. The Classical Variations, his latest CD in a respected discography of nearly two dozen recordings, collects…
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What Is This, Paris?

A crowd spills onto the sidewalk. People sway, drink, and close their eyes in rapt appreciation as young musicians work up a smirking sweat. It's a familiar enough scene, but at Classical Revolution, the music is three hundred years old.…
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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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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Beach Blanket Babylon Auditions: The Sequel There it was, right in the newspaper: open-call auditions for Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco's musical-theater equivalent of the Energizer Bunny, still going after 30 years. The gig even offered health insurance. Dog Bites'…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Launched two years ago, the Cypress String Quartet's "Call & Response" concert series cultivates new audiences for classical music by presenting affordable shows with an educational hook. Featuring performances of two standard repertory pieces alongside a specially commissioned contemporary work,…
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Culture, Stage

The Magic Flute

"Ever since, as a boy," wrote Bernard Shaw, "I first breathed the air of the transcendental regions at a performance of Mozart's Zauberflöte, I have been proof against the garish splendors and alcoholic excitements of the ordinary stage...." The first…
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Ol' Blue Screen

As Greg Tomassian, lead singer of Soul Candy, steps onto the slate-black auditorium stage, the din of the crowd sweeps over him like a warm tide. When he snaps his microphone off its stand and draws it to his parting…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I just got an unsolicited e-mail ad from a company that bragged, "We offer many products you never knew existed, and things you can't possibly live without." Among these impossible-to-resist items is a "Go Box." This…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Rake's Progress Don Giovanni. Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte; music by W.A. Mozart. Translated by Donald Pippin. Stage direction by Michael Taylor. Starring Shouvik Mondle, Ethan Smith, Ellyn Peabody, and Maris Vipulis. Presented by the Pocket Opera at Temple Emanu-El,…
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