John Adams’s Dense, Earnest Oratorio

18/02/2017

John Adams: Kelley O’Connor, Tamara Mumford (mezzo-sopranos), Jay Hunter Morris (tenor), Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Nathan Medley (countertenors), San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Chorus / Grant Gershon (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 16.2.2017. (HS)

The Gospel According to the Other Mary: Jay Hunter Morris (Lazarus), Kelley O’Connor (Mary
Magdalene), Tamara Mumford (Martha) and countertenors Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings
and Nathan Medley (c) Stefan Cohen

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Too-Deliberate Beethoven Ninth Takes Awhile to Heat Up

03/02/2017

 Beethoven: Kiera Duffy (soprano), Sara Couden (mezzo-soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone), San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Ragnar Bohlin (director), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 1.2.2017. (HS) Read more

On Tour, Berlin Philharmonic Unleashes a Beast

08/12/2016

Boulez, Mahler: Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 22.11.2016. (HS) Read more

Nadja Michael Leads a Blazing The Makropulos Case

17/11/2016

Janáček, The Makropulos Case: Soloists and orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Mikhail Tatarnikov (conductor), War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. 14.10.2016. (HS)

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Nadja Michael and cast in The Makropulos Case (c) Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

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Crystalline Chopin from Wang, and Focus in Bruckner 7

07/11/2016

Tilson Thomas, Chopin, Bruckner: Yuja Wang (piano), San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 1.11.2016. (HS) Read more

Dudamel and His Crew on Tour, in Pedal-to-the-Metal Mode

02/11/2016

 Andrew Norman & Tchaikovsky: Los Angeles Philharmonic / Gustavo Dudamel (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 31.10.16. (HS) Read more

All About the Bass with the Dover Quartet

01/11/2016

Mozart, Rossini, Dvořák, Meyer: Dover Quartet (Joel Link, Bryan Lee, violins; Milena Pajaro-Van De Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello), Edgar Meyer (double bass), presented by San Francisco Performances, Herbst Hall, San Francisco. 30.10.2016. (HS) Read more

Stellar Cast Turns Don Pasquale Into Ear Candy

18/10/2016

Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists, chorus and orchestra of San Francisco Opera, Giuseppe Finzi (conductor), War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. 12.10.2016. (HS)

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Lucas Meachem (Dr Malatesta), Heidi Stober (Norina), Lawrence Brownlee (Ernesto)
and Maurizio Muraro (Don Pasquale) © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

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