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A Conversation with Sarah Shafer – Young soprano shines in ‘La Ciociara’ at San Francisco Opera

Soprano Sarah Shafer is currently singing the role of “Rosetta” in the world premiere of La Ciociara (Two Women) at San Francisco Opera. The popular film adaptation by writer and director Vittorio De Sica – released in the USA as Two Women in 1961 – starred twenty-six-year-old Sophia Loren as Rosetta’s mother, Cesira. When she […]

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An Audience with Susan Graham – Queen of Carthage in ‘Les Troyens’ at San Francisco Opera

“I don’t like sitting through long operas myself,” said Susan Graham during our recent interview. “But this one, I can sit through any time of the day because I love every note of it.” [Click here to see my complete interview on]


JESAIAH BAER – Rising Pop Singer Knows It’s in Her Blood

Fans of Jesaiah Baer – just “Jesaiah” to the world – are excited by the recent release of her new single, WILDFIRE, and are clamoring for the video due next month. After that comes another single, “How to Fix A Broken Heart”, which she describes as being a little more emotional. “Wildfire is like a […]

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ANITA MONGA – Inside Scoops on the San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2015

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens this week, Thursday, May 28, and runs through Monday, June 1 at the Castro Theatre. This year marks the festival’s 20th Anniversary. The line-up of evening and matinee screenings  begins with the 1930 classic, All Quiet on the Western Front – the silent version. The original production sailed […]

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A Conversation with Silent Film Accompanist Stephen Horne – Coming to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 28 – June 1

Pianist Stephen Horne is one of the most sought after musicians in the world of silent film accompaniment. He returns to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival which celebrates its 20th Anniversary at the Castro Theatre, May 28 through June 1. Stephen will accompany the following films: When the Earth Trembled, aka, Quand le Terre […]

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A Conversation with Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

“I think it’s one of Bernstein’s great, really great pieces of music,” said Jean-Yves Thibaudet. “A lot of people only know the lighter side of Bernstein, what they’ve seen in West Side Story. But when they hear this music – because it is an experience to sit through – I think they realize he was […]

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Helgi Tomasson on His ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – An Anniversary at San Francisco Ballet

“When I came to San Francisco Ballet, we needed to expand the repertory,” said Helgi Tomasson during our recent interview. “I decided I had the right people for Romeo and Juliet. Maybe it’s because I never had the opportunity to dance it that I decided to go ahead and produce it. Why not?” [Click here […]

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Cellist Zuill Bailey – On Nico Muhly and Ernest Bloch

“I think this is one of the finest-sounding recordings I’ve ever heard,” said cellist Zuill Bailey. “The acoustics are so off the charts – the way they’ve mapped out the orchestra and captured the cello within the fabric of that.” [Click here to see my full interview on] Released by Steinway & Sons, the […]

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In Conversation with Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan

“Everything I do, I would want to do again,” said Davit Karapetyan during our recent interview. “Every time you dance you learn so much.”  [Click here to see my full interview on] “You live differently, every performance. Each time, you will find a different way of pursuing the movements and feel comfortable and confident. […]

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A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist with San Francisco Ballet

I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet’s 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House. [Click here to see my full interview on] Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, the production was […]