Sean’s Reviews and Interviews

Sean’s Reviews

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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 […]

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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 HuffingtonPost.com.]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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]

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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 […]

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A Conversation with Kathy Najimy – This Sunday at Davies Hall in “Peter and the Wolf”

This Sunday, December 13, Kathy Najimy joins the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for two performances as the Narrator in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Conducted by Donato Cabrera, performances are at 1pm and 4pm. Kathy Najimy joins a long list of celebrity narrators who have helped introduce the experience of a symphony orchestra and […]

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In Conversation with Tenor Paul Appleby – A Smart Debut at San Francisco Opera

Paul laughed when I suggested that “Tamino” in The Magic Flute is one of those tenor roles that sits in the column marked – Thankless. “Yes, I could go on all day about that. It’s funny, because I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I get obsessed with other singers, typically with tenors – […]