By Sean

Baritone George Gagnidze Debuts in ‘Andréa Chenier’ at San Francisco Opera – Now through 9/30

“Carlo Gérard is a very clear and positive role for me. He is a character with a lot of heart – that’s what attracts me.” [Click here to see my interview with baritone George Gagnidze on]

Anita Monga – On the SF Silent Film Festival, 6/2–6/5

The 21st annual  San Francisco Silent Film Festival takes place this week at the Castro Theatre. The festival opens Thursday night at 7:00pm with an encore presentation of the recently restored Beggars of Life (1928) directed by William Wellman, starring Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, and Wallace Beery. The always spectacular Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will accompany the film. The SF […]

A Profile of Mathilde Froustey, Principal Dancer With San Francisco Ballet

Mathilde joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2013. Prior to that her career was centered totally at Paris Opéra Ballet where (as a soloist) she appeared in leading roles, including “Kitri” in Don Quichotte. Helgi Tomasson saw her in this production in 2006. I saw her first at the War Memorial in […]

“Ladies of the Nightclubs” at SF’s Main Library, 5/10, 6:00pm

In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection at San Francisco’s Main Library in Civic Center, Janet Roitz and Sean Martinfield present Ladies of the Nightclubs, a talk exploring songs from night club scenes in classic Hollywood films. Click on the photo  below to see our promo on YouTube: Drawing […]

A Conversation with Frances Chung, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

“At the end of the day,” said Frances, “it’s all about the music. I want to see the music infused into the dancer.” FRANCES CHUNG. Photo, Erik Tomasson Click here to see my complete interview on HuffingtonPost

Tenor Simon O’Neill on ‘Das Lied von der Erde’ – At SF Symphony, 4/6–11

“I cannot wait to sing with Sasha Cooke,” said tenor Simon O’Neill. “Sitting next to her, I’m the one with the best seat in the house.” [Click here to see my complete interview with Simon O’Neill on HuffingtonPost.] “I just want to be a musician, that’s all. I don’t particularly care what I do. I […]

A Profile of Vitor Luiz – Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Vitor Luiz joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2009. His gift is about connection – a high-spirited rapport that is all at once intimate and mutually engaging. Totally convincing is the best way to describe and cheer Vitor’s performance in Coppélia…. [Click here for the complete interview on HuffingtonPost]

Baritone Matthias Goerne – Performs Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’ – this Friday through Sunday at the Taube Atrium Theatre

The first season of San Francisco Opera Lab launches with the San Francisco premiere of Winterreise (Winter Journey), a series of 24 animated short films as a visual response to Franz Schubert’s haunting song cycle. South African artist William Kentridge has created his own imaginary visual journey as a poetic counterpoint to the interpretation of […]

‘Cabaret’ – Opens at San Francisco’s School of the Arts, March 11

This month the Theatre Department of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts presents Kander and Ebb’s iconic and enduring Broadway musical, CABARET. Performances take place on March 11–13 and March 18–20, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Click here to purchase tickets on-line. “Leave your troubles outside!” […]

The 2016 Schwabacher Debut Recital – Popular series opens the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater, 2/28

This Sunday, February 28, marks the opening of the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater. Located in the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera in San Francisco’s recently restored Veteran’s Building – the first of the 2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals, now in its 33rd season, is the most perfect way to inaugurate an amazing addition to […]