High-energy season opener for Esa-Pekka Salonen’s San Francisco Symphony

United StatesUnited States San Francisco Symphony’s ‘Re-Opening Night’: esperanza spalding (bass and vocals), Leo Genovese (piano), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), Ravi Coltrane (tenor sax), dancers from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 1.10.2021. (HS)

esmeralda spalding sings Wayne Shorter’s Gaia (c) Drew Altizer Photography

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San Francisco Opera’s ‘Homecoming’ concert knocks it out of the park

United StatesUnited States Live and In Concert: The Homecoming’: Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano), Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano), San Francisco Opera Orchestra / Eun Sun Kim (conductor). War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 10.9.2021. (HS)

Rachel Willis-Sorensen (r), Jamie Barton (l) and Eun Sun Kim conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra (c) Corey Weaver

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San Francisco Opera in 2021/22

An unusual 2021-2022 season for San Francisco Opera

SFO’s new music director Eun Sun Kim (c) Marc Olivier Le Blanc

San Francisco Opera’s upcoming 2021-2022 season looks very different from anything they have ever done. It is not the repertory – which consists of familiar works by Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini and a reprise of one of its more successful contemporary commissions – but the format.

Live performances in the War Memorial Opera House for the first time since December 2019 feature five fully staged operas and two concerts. For the first time in the company’s history, operas will not be run in repertory. Instead, they are spread out to allow three weeks between opera runs, a concession to COVID-19 protocols.

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