Met Opera Celebrates 50th anniversary

of Lincoln Center home


A scene from Mariusz Treliński’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’ for the Metropolitan Opera © Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Lincoln Center home this season, with a production of Wagner’s epic drama, Tristan und Isolde.  It was in 1966 that The Metropolitan Opera House took its place alongside the Avery Fischer Hall (now the David Geffen Hall) – home of the New York Philharmonic – and the David H Koch Theater – home of the New York City Ballet – in the city’s celebrated Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  Read more ….


Christian McBride residency at SFJAZZ


Christian McBride – ©

Downbeat calls him “One of the premier musicians of his generation … “, he’s regarded as one of the world’s most versatile bassists, is a four-time GRAMMY winner, has appeared on over 300 recordings, is the host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America, and is Resident Artistic Director of SFJAZZ – this is Christian McBride, whose 5-day residency at the JAZZ Center begins this evening.   Read more ….

New concert format from MTT

and San Francisco Symphony


Ever creative, ever enterprising, San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas has devised a new concert format which he and the Symphony will be introducing on Sunday afternoon.   Read more ….

San Francisco – documentary with a difference

sf-beyond-the-postcard‘San Francisco Beyond the Postcard’  © Christian Jeunet

The Tuesday movie this week – and next – at the San Francisco Alliance Française features the first of a two-part documentary on the city by French filmmaker Christian Jeunet.   Read more ….

San Francisco Opera presents world premiere of

‘Dream of the Red Chamber’


Scene from ‘Dream of the Red Chamber’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

In the second production of its new season at the War Memorial Opera House this week, San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber, a Company commission, and a co-production with the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Dream of the Red Chamber is based on the classic 18th century Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin, with a score by composer Bright Sheng, who co-wrote the libretto with David Henry Hwang.  It’s to be performed as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival’s 45th annual festival in March 2017, at the Grand Theatre in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.   Read more ….

San Francisco Opera opens new season

with Giordano’s ‘Andrea Chénier’


Tenor Yonghoon Lee in the title role of ‘Andrea Chénier © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera launches its 94th Season at the War Memorial Opera House this week with two premieres – the first US performance of Sir David McVicar’s sumptuous new production of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, followed by the world premiere of Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s Dream of the Red Chamber. It’s also the inaugural season of the Company’s new General Director, Matthew Shilvock.  Read more ….

MTT & San Francisco Symphony launch new Season

with a Gala Concert


Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony © Bill Swerbinski

September is always an exciting month at Davies Symphony Hall, as Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony launch their new Season with a Gala Concert.  Read more

Monaco celebrates the 2016

Russian Gala Project


Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night returns to the Riviera this month, in a widely acclaimed adaptation for ballet by Boris Eifman, who brings his celebrated company of dancers to the Grimaldi Forum for only two performances of his latest creation, Up and Down.   Read more ….

Looking Through the Lens –

a San Francisco Opera retrospective


A scene from Boito’s ‘Mefistofele’ (2013), with Ildar Abdrazakov as Mefistofele and Ramon Vargas as Faust © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

In 2022, San Francisco Opera celebrates its Centennial – and the first event in the public celebration of this historic anniversary is the permanent photographic exhibition which opens next week in the Diane B Wilsey Center for Opera – leaving us in no doubt that the centenary of the oldest surviving opera company on the West Coast will be marked in grand style.   Read more ….


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