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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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“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 […]

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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 […]