By Sean

A Conversation with Koto Ishihara – Soloist at San Francisco Ballet

This past Holiday season, residents and visitors in The City became very familiar with the beaming face of San Francisco Ballet soloist, Koto Ishihara. A major feature of the company’s media campaign for The Nutcracker was a glamorous image of the Snow Maidens captured by resident photographer Erik Tomasson. The finished poster/flyer focused on Koto […]

Organist Christopher Houlihan – This Sunday at Grace Cathedral, 1/22

“When you are lucky enough to sit in a space like Grace Cathedral and can hear a great instrument and take the time to appreciate it – I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t taken something away from that experience and have been moved in some way. It’s incredible. There’s nothing like it. But it […]

A Profile of Wei Wang – Soloist at San Francisco Ballet

Wei is now preparing for his role as “The Creature” in Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein – coming up in February (Program 3). “It’s a huge deal for me,” said Wei. Click here to see my complete interview with Wei Wang on HuffingtonPost.Com Wei Wang. Photo, Erik Tomasson See my recent interviews with: Brian Jagde, Tenor Edward Nelson, […]

New Year’s Eve with San Francisco Symphony

Come to Davies Hall this Saturday night, New Year’s Eve at 8:00pm and join with the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Edwin Outwater to brace for 2017. This year’s featured guests are Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski and Primetime Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess. It’s their first performance together and doing what they do best – […]

RUTHIE ANN MILES – Tony Award Winner is Comin’ to Town with San Francisco Symphony, 12/21–24

“I wasn’t expecting this!” said Ruthie Ann Miles. “I haven’t done a concert in the City yet and wasn’t planning on an additional one for this year. But a couple of months ago when my agent said, ‘How would you like to sing with the San Francisco Symphony?’ – my answer was a great big […]

“The Nutcracker” – Now at San Francisco Ballet Through 12/29

“The Nutcracker” is opening tonight at 7:00 at San Francisco Ballet – and, of course, it’s pouring rain. Five years worth of drought and tonight it has to rain. OK––FINE!!!––I’m ready. Especially for this big guns cast: Drosselmeyer: Rubén Martín Cintas Queen and King of the Snow: Mathilde Froustey, Carlo Di Lanno Sugar Plum Fairy: Sofiane Sylve Grand Pas […]

LIANNA HAROUTOUNIAN – On ‘Madame Butterfly’ – Now at San Francisco Opera

“When I arrived in San Francisco, I already had my conception of the role and a vision of how it would look. But I am very open to suggestions and feedback. I need to understand what they want from me – the point of view, their thoughts about the play, how they see Butterfly’s character […]

A Conversation with Baritone Edward Nelson

“Whatever I do, I try to keep the voice at the forefront of my mind. Even this past summer when I had to strip down for Carmen. I was working-out five days a week! If there was a day when I had too much muscle soreness to breathe properly, I would skip that workout. Because […]

CD – “Christmas Songbook” – The King’s Singers

In the tradition of other King’s Singers Christmas releases, and a follow-up to their popular 2013 Great American Songbook album, Christmas Songbook pays homage to the group’s roots while acknowledging their current passion for swing. According to The King’s Singers, “More than any other season of the year, Christmas is associated with music, and in […]

Nadja Michael – A Brilliant ‘Emilia Marty’ at San Francisco Opera

Soprano Nadja Michael made her San Francisco Opera debut exactly seven years ago in the title role of Richard Strauss’ Salome. Directed and choreographed by Séan Curran, the Bruno Schwengl production was packed with shock and awe. Nadja’s artistic resources – colossal vocal chops, Olympian grace, histrionic clout – were suddenly the talk of the […]