Sean’s Reviews and Interviews

Sean’s Reviews

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 – […]

Baritone Efraín Solís on ‘Papageno’ – Now at San Francisco Opera

“At my auditions,” said baritone Efraín Solís at our recent interview, “I always knew that if I started with Mozart I could sing anything else after that. If you’re in New York? And you’re trying to warm-up on the train and you’re late? If I walked in and suggested that I’d like to start with […]

Organist Paul Jacobs and Soprano Christine Brewer – Spectacular CD, ‘Divine Redeemer’

Organist Paul Jacobs and soprano Christine Brewer come to San Francisco’s Davies Hall on Sunday afternoon, October 18 to present works from their recording, Divine Redeemer, released last month on the Naxos label. The CD features selections by Bach, Handel, Franck, Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Puccini, Gounod, and Reger. Sunday’s concert will also include Widor’s […]

Soprano Leah Crocetto – On ‘Luisa Miller’ at San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera opened its 2015/16 Season on September 11 with Giuseppi Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Leah Crocetto is cast in the title role, tenor Michael Fabiano portrays her conflicted lover, Rodolfo. As the ill-fated lovers in Verdi’s enduring score from 1849 and under the baton of music director Nicola Luisotti – Leah Crocetto and Michael […]

Alexandra Silber – At San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala, 9/24

San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Gala is happening tonight. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas welcomes soprano Alexandra Silber, baritone Nathan Gunn, and Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer to Davies Hall with a program that will include Respighi’s Roman Festivals,  selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and South Pacific, and Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. A pre-concert […]

Julie Adams, Soprano – ‘Songs Sacred and Profane’ with Curious Flights, 8/29

Soprano Julie Adams, a current member of the Adler Fellows, will be featured this Saturday, August 29, in An English Portrait – the opening program of the 2015/16 season of Curious Flights. The concert will take place at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at 8pm. Artistic Director and Founder Brenden Guy has a distinct […]

The SF Lyric Chorus presents music featured at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, 8/22–23

This Saturday and Sunday the San Francisco Lyric Chorus presents Return to The Promised Land at Mission Dolores Basilica. The program highlights a selection of classical choral music featured at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. Under the direction of Robert Gurney, the concerts begin at 7pm on Saturday and at 5pm on Sunday. The […]

A Conversation with Sheena Easton – At Davies Symphony Hall, July 23

Sheena Easton returns to San Francisco Symphony with conductor Edwin Outwater on Thursday, July 23 for the premiere presentation of The Spy Who Loved Me – an evening of songs and themes from the uber-popular James Bond films and other secret agent-related movies and TV programs. Joining her is the much honored popular cabaret and […]

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 […]

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]