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“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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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bizet's <i>Carmen</i> at SF Opera Is Strangely Lifeless

Bizet's Carmen at SF Opera Is Strangely Lifeless

Georges Bizet's 1875 Carmen is among the most frequently staged operas in the standard repertoire, a testament to the work's accessibility and enduring popularity with audiences. Yet, paradoxically, its very ubiquity may operate at cross-purposes with its appeal -- given…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SF Opera Adds Visual Wit to Extraordinary Rendition of Handel's <i>Xerxes</i>

SF Opera Adds Visual Wit to Extraordinary Rendition of Handel's Xerxes

Aspiring chefs take note: Opera was fusion before fusion was cool. Consider Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, an early 20th-century Italian's take on Gold Rush-era California; or Mozart's Don Giovanni, in which an Austrian composer and an Italian librettist deal…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day No Subtitles Needed

No Subtitles Needed

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 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 SF Opera Makes Donizetti's <i>Lucrezia Borgia</i> Beautiful Where More Darkness Is Needed

SF Opera Makes Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia Beautiful Where More Darkness Is Needed

Lucrezia Borgia, by Gaetano Donizetti @War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness (at Grove) Thought experiment: Picture Edward Hopper's Nighthawks done up in sunny springtime pastels. Now imagine Lady Macbeth pausing midsleepwalk to reel off a tender rendition of "The…
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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, Stage "Heart of a Soldier": Opera Set on 9/11 Inert, Cluttered, and Inane

"Heart of a Soldier": Opera Set on 9/11 Inert, Cluttered, and Inane

Here's a small yet telling detail in the continuing drama of America's response to the Sept. 11 attacks: the premiere of an opera that deals with those events yet lacks a tangible antagonist. As evidence of healing, or at least…
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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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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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