Allen Toussaint & Preservation Hall Jazz Band on SFJAZZ ‘Fridays at Five’

Allen Toussaint – courtesy SFJAZZ

The Fridays at Five sessions from SFJAZZ continue to delight enthusiasts. This series of weekly pre-recorded concerts aims to keep jazz alive during the current pandemic, and connect jazz lovers to the music and musicians who continue to draw them to SFJAZZ. Read more ….

English National Ballet streams Bournonville’s ‘La Sylphide’

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernandez in ‘La Sylphide’ © Laurent Liotardo

This week’s Wednesday Watch Party from English National Ballet features Bournonville’s enchanting ballet La Sylphide. Read more ….

Semyon Bychkov leads Czech Philharmonic in live online concert

Semyon Bychkov, Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic
Photo: Marco Borggreve

On Wednesday, 24th June, Semyon Bychkov, Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic, leads the Orchestra in a performance of works by Mendelssohn, Haydn and Beethoven, which will be streamed live from Sychrov Castle, near Prague. Read more …..

English National Ballet presents MacMillan’s ‘Manon’

A scene from English National Ballet’s production of MacMillan’s ‘Manon’ © Laurent Liotardo

English National Ballet once again presents a Kenneth MacMillan ballet in its series of free-to-view online performances, and this week’s production is his gorgeous interpretation of Manon – the passionate and ultimately tragic story of a young girl who was as much in love with romance as with the trappings of wealth. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera streams ‘Salome’, ‘Manon’ and ‘Susannah’

Richard Strauss’ ‘Salome’ has Nadja Michael in the title role
© Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera

Continuing the Opera is ON series of online presentations, San Francisco Opera has three acclaimed works scheduled for streaming, free of charge, over the next few weeks – Richard Strauss’ Salome on June 20, Jules Massenet’s Manon on June 27 and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah on July 4. Read more ….

English National Ballet streams MacMillan’s ‘Song of the Earth’

Tamara Rojo, Joseph Caley and Fernando Carratalá Coloma in ‘Song of the Earth’
© Laurent Liotardo

English National Ballet’s Wednesday Watch Party this evening features Kenneth MacMillan’s 1965 ballet Song of the Earth. Read more ….

SFJAZZ – Fridays at Five in June

The SFJAZZ Fridays at Five online transmissions – the JAZZ Center’s lockdown programs – continue to keep jazz alive for its many followers, and help enthusiasts stay connected to the artists they love. Read more ….

The Royal Ballet presents ‘La Fille mal gardée’ online

Frederick Ashton’s delightful ballet La Fille mal gardée is the next online production from The Royal Ballet – available to view free of charge. Read more …..

San Francisco Symphony honors Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas –
courtesy San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony is dedicating the month of June to an online tribute to the truly remarkable Michael Tilson Thomas who retires as Music Director of the Symphony at the end of the month, after a hugely successful 25-year tenure. Read more ….

Chorus of the Sicilian Opera makes its mark on the national and international stage

The Chorus of the Sicilian Opera in a performance of Zeffirelli’s ‘Aida’ at the Guangzhou Opera House – courtesy Coro Lirico Sicilano

The Chorus of the Sicilian Opera (Coro Lirico Siciliano) might be a relatively young ensemble, but it’s most certainly making its mark on the musical, theatrical, operatic and symphonic output of the island of Sicily. Read more ….

English National Ballet streams Derek Deane’s ‘Swan Lake’

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández in Swan Lake © Laurent Liotardo

This week’s presentation in English National Ballet’s Wednesday Watch Parties features Derek Deane’s version of Swan Lake – and marks the first time that audiences around the world have an opportunity to watch this free-to-view full-length production online. Read more ….

The Royal Ballet streams MacMillan’s ‘Anastasia’ online

The Royal Ballet is providing audiences with a wonderfully wide range of works in its current selection of online performances, and this next production – Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia – demonstrates just how diverse the Company’s repertoire is. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera launches Opera in ON with Boito’s ‘Mefistofele’

San Francisco Opera’s production of Boito’s ‘Mefistofele’ © Cory Weaver
Courtesy San Francisco Opera

In September 2013, San Francisco Opera staged a remarkable production of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele. Regarded as one of the most impressive productions ever staged at the War Memorial Opera House, Mefistofele – from the Company’s archives – is being streamed online on May 9, in the first production of Opera is ON, the Company’s online initiative to connect with the community and its audiences worldwide. Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet presents free weekly streams of performances

Mathilde Froustey and Carlo Di Lanno in Tomasson’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ © Erik Tomasson Courtesy San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet is currently presenting a free weekly stream to audiences the world over, featuring commissioned works from the 2018 Unbound festival, and well as performances from the Company’s extensive repertoire. Read more ….

English National Ballet streams Nureyev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

English National Ballet presents Nureyev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ © Bill Cooper

Continuing its Wednesday Watch Parties on ENB at Home, English National Ballet this week presents Leading Principal Dancers Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández in Rudolf Nureyev’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of young love – Romeo and Juliet. Read more ….

Royal Ballet streams Wheeldon’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Christopher Wheeldon’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale, for The Royal Ballet, will be shared with audiences the world over as it streams online this evening, 1st May. Read more ….

Metropolitan Opera streams performances every night of the week

The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York – courtesy Wikimedia Commons

During the current closure of the Metropolitan Opera season, the Company is ensuring that audiences around the world are still able to watch some of its magnificent repertoire of works. Read more ….

SFJAZZ invites you to ‘Fridays at Five’

Chris Potter, Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland – courtesy SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ has launched a series of online performances called Fridays at Five in which you can watch exclusive footage from some of the finest concerts staged at the SFJAZZ Center over the past few years. Read more …..

English National Ballet premieres ‘Broken Wings’ online

oTamara Rojo as Frida Kahlo in ENB’s ‘Broken Wings’ © Laurent Liotardo

As of this week, English National Ballet is inviting audiences around the world to watch a selection of full-length recordings of some of the Company’s performances – not yet seen online. Read more ….

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo screens ‘Casse-Noisette Compagnie’

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Maillot’s ‘Casse-Noisette Compagnie’ © Alice Blangero

In a welcome initiative at a time when all theatrical productions have had to be cancelled, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo – in association with Monaco Info and France 3 Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur – are screening Jean-Christophe Maillot’s acclaimed production of Casse-Noisette Compagnie.   Read more ……

English National Opera presents ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

English Natonal Opera’s production of Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

Mozart’s much-loved opera buffa, The Marriage of Figaro, is the latest production in English National Opera’s current season. Read more …..

The SFJAZZ Collective releases a new album

Great news for lovers of jazz – the SFJAZZ Collective’s new album will be released on 13th March! Read more ….

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads San Francisco Symphony with Leila Josefowicz

Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee – courtesy San Francisco Symphony

In the second part of his back-to-back concert program with the San Francisco Symphony this month, Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen leads a performance in which violin virtuoso Leila Josefowicz plays Salonen’s own Violin Concerto, which he wrote for her. Read more ….

Music Director Designate of the San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the San Francisco Symphony in the first of two February programs this week, featuring soprano Julia Bullock. Read more ….

‘Classical (Re)Vision’ and ‘Dance Innovations’ from San Francisco Ballet

Sofiane Sylve and Tiit Helimets in Liang’s The Infinite Ocean. (© Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet’s 2020 season provides as fascinating a mix of versatility as any we’ve seen in recent years, and this week sees the opening of two programs of mainly contemporary works – Classical (Re)Vision and Dance Innovations. Read more ….

Bieito’s staging of ‘Carmen’ returns to English National Opera

Scene from ENO’s production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, staged by Calixto Bieito
© Richard Hubert Smith

Georges Bizet’s Carmen is regarded as one of the most popular operas ever composed, thrilling audiences the world over. This revival by English National Opera, however, is Carmen with a difference – a bold and gritty production by Catalan director Calixto Bieito, which was first staged at ENO in 2012. Read more ….

Bolshoi Ballet screens ‘Giselle’ in cinemas worldwide

Olga Smirnova in the title role of Ratmansky’s ‘Giselle’ © Bolshoi Theatre

In the latest global screening of productions direct from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Bolshoi Ballet presents a new staging of one of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire – Giselle. Read more ….

MTT leads San Francisco Symphony in World Premiere of his new work

Michael Tilson Thomas – © Art Streiber

In his final season as Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in two programs this month – the first of which takes place this week, and features the World Premiere of MTT’s own work, Meditations on Rilke.   Read more …..

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

The San Francisco Symphony and Chorus © Cory Weaver

One of the joys of the Christmas season is Handel’s Messiah – and the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus present this magnificent work at Davies Symphony Hall this weekend. Read more ….

Mariss Jansons – 1943-2019

With the passing of Latvian conductor, Mariss Jansons, the world of classical music has lost a towering figure. Read more ….

Paris Opera Ballet presents Nureyev’s ‘Raymonda’

Visually sumptuous, vibrant, and set to a gorgeous score, Raymonda is one of the delights of the classical repertoire. The Paris Opera Ballet production opens next week. Read more …..

New production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ for San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera’s production of Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’
©Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

After a break of nearly 20 years, San Francisco Opera brings Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel back to the War Memorial House in the final work of this Fall season. Read more ….

SFJAZZ Collective salutes two influential albums

The SFJAZZ Collective ©Jay Blakesberg

The SFJAZZ Collective is in residence at San Francisco’sJazz Center this week, during which they’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of two hugely significant albums recorded in 1969 – Stand! by Sly & the Family Stone, and Miles Davis’In A Silent Way. Read more …..

Metropolitan Opera presents Massenet’s ‘Manon’ Live in HD

Lisette Oropesa stars in the title role of the Met’s production of ‘Manon’
© Marty Sohl/Met Opera

Jules Massenet’s passionate and tragic opera, Manon, is the second of this season’s Live in HD cinema broadcasts by Metropolitan Opera. Read more ….

ENO’s unconventional take on Offenbach’s ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’

ENO’s production of ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ © Clive Barda

In complete contrast to Gluck’s season opener, English National Opera’s current production in the Orpheus quartet is Offenbach’s satirical operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld, with tenor Ed Lyon and soprano Mary Bevan in the title roles, and Sir Willard White as Jupiter. Director Emma Rice makes her ENO debut, and the production is led by former ENO Music Director Sian Edwards. Read more …..

Young Spanish violinist debuts with San Francisco Symphony

Maria Dueñas © Tam Lan Truong – courtesy San Francisco Symphony

This week the San Francisco Symphony is delighted to welcome young Spanish violinist Maria Dueñas in her debut performance with the Symphony. Read more ….

English National Opera’s new season opens with ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’

ENO Orpheus and Eurydice 2019, Sarah Tynan © Donald Cooper

English National Opera opens the 2019-2020 season with an unusual and innovative programme, a quartet of works – each dedicated to a different interpretation of the Orpheus myth. Read more ….

The Royal Ballet opens new season with MacMillan’s ‘Manon’

From the trailer of The Royal Ballet’s 2018 screening of ‘Manon’

The Royal Ballet opens its 2019-2020 season with one of the Company’s showpiece works – Kenneth MacMillan’s gorgeous ballet Manon – the passionate and ultimately tragic story of a young girl who was as much in love with romance as with the trappings of wealth. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera presents Britten’s ‘Billy Budd’

San Francisco Opera’s production of Britten’s ‘Billy Budd’
© Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

The new San Francisco Opera season continues this weekend with Benjamin Britten’s powerful and turbulent work, Billy Budd. Written for an all-male cast of 75 artists, this production of Herman Melville’s dramatic sea-faring tale features tenor William Burden, baritone John Chest and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera opens new season with Gounod’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Pene Pati as Romeo and Nadine Sierra as Juliet
© Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opers

It’s a busy week in San Francisco. With the opening of the new season there’s a lot going on, and San Francisco Opera is there in the midst of it all, with a wonderful weekend of performances ahead. Read more ….

Glittering celebration opens San Francisco Symphony’s new season

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony © Stefan Cohen

A glittering celebration opens the San Francisco Symphony’s 2019-20 season – Michael Tilson Thomas’ last as Music Director – at Davies Symphony Hall on September 4th. Read more ….

World Premiere of André Previn’s last work

André Previn – © Lillian Birnbaum, courtesy Boston Symphony Orchestra

With the passing of André Previn in February this year, the world lost an illustrious and wonderfully versatile conductor, composer, arranger, orchestrator and virtuoso pianist. Read more …..

Chorégies d’Orange celebrates 150th year

The Théâtre Antique, Chorégies d’Orange © Colas Declercq

In the heart of France’s Rhône Valley, just north of the Provençal city of Avignon, is an open-air theatre which is regarded as one of the finest remnants of the Roman Empire. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Théâtre Antique is the best preserved theatre in Europe, and it’s here, every year, that the internationally renowned summer festival of the arts, Chorégies d’Orange, is held. Read more …..

San Francisco Symphony presents Ravel’s ‘L’enfant et les sortilèges’

From the Opéra de Lyon production of ‘L’enfant et des sortilèges’ © Jean-Pierre Maurin courtesy San Francisco Symphony

In the final performance of the 2018-19 Season, the San Francisco Symphony presents a program of music by French composers – Debussy, Fauré and Ravel – the highlight of the concert being a semi-staged production of Ravel’s enchanting lyric fantasy, L’enfant et les Sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells). Read more ….

San Francisco Opera’s Summer Season ends with Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’

Rachel Willis-Sørensen in the title role of Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’
Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera wraps up its Summer Season with a work which is recognized as Antonin Dvořák’s most successful creation for stage – RusalkaRead more ….

A cavalcade of stars at the SFJAZZ Festival

The SFJAZZ Festival opens tomorrow! A highlight of the San Francisco entertainment calendar, the Festival showcases 41 performances, over 13 days, in the city’s Hayes Valley district. Read more ….

Monaco hosts International Television Festival

A Golden Nymph statuette – Courtesy Monte-Carlo TV Festiva

Glamorous and stylish, the Principality of Monaco is the focus of the international television industry this month, as it hosts the 59th Monte-Carlo Television Festival. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera’s Summer Season opens with Bizet’s ‘Carmen’

J’Nai Bridges as Carmen and David Leigh as Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen
Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera opens its 2019 Summer Season at the War Memorial Opera House this evening with the work regarded as the most popular opera in the repertoire – Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Read more ….

English National Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’ at the Royal Albert Hall

Emma Hawes and Francesco Gabriele Frola © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design Charlotte Wilkinson Studio

Famed for its magnificent in-the-round productions at the Royal Albert Hall, English National Ballet is about to dazzle British audiences once again, with Christopher Wheeldon’s spectacular production of Cinderella, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s glorious score. Read more …..

Valčuha leads Barantschik & San Francisco Symphony

Slovak conductor Juraj Valčuha – Courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Popular Slovak conductor Juraj Valčuha returns to Davies Symphony Hall this week, leading the San Francisco Symphony and Alexander Barantschik in a program which features the work of two very different composers. Read more ….













































































































































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