Arts & Culture :: Music

San Francisco Opera's double-header

San Francisco Opera's double-header

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Sep 12, 2018

The pairing of Italian operas "Cavalleria Rusticana" ("Rustic Chivalry") and "Pagliacci" ("Clowns") has been famously successful for more than a century.

SF Symphony's shining opener

SF Symphony's shining opener

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Sep 12, 2018

The San Francisco Symphony's 107th season opened last week with typical flair and excitement.

Fall Preview: San Francisco Opera

Fall Preview: San Francisco Opera

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Sep 5, 2018

With little lag time between a hectic summer and new fall season, San Francisco Opera is launching the first productions fully programmed (with one exception) by the administration of General Director Matthew Shilvock.

Bring on more fall arts

Bring on more fall arts

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Sep 5, 2018

More arts events are coming to the Bay Area this fall! Let's list some.

Early Baroque casts its spell

Early Baroque casts its spell

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Sep 5, 2018

For American lovers of singing, late summer can be a dry spell, best deployed to clear the ears from the extreme singing that is opera, since more is coming.

Bring on the fall arts

Bring on the fall arts

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Aug 31, 2018

For the next two issues, we'll be bringing you B.A.R. arts writers' brief previews of what to look out for in the Fall 2018 season.

Fall Preview: SF Symphony

Fall Preview: SF Symphony

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 31, 2018

The San Francisco Symphony's 2018-19 season starts next week, marking the next-to-last year of Michael Tilson Thomas' historical term as Music Director.

Betsy Wolfe kicks off a cabaret tour

Betsy Wolfe kicks off a cabaret tour

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 31, 2018

Over the past few years, Betsy Wolfe has played major roles in four Broadway musicals: "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Falsettos," and "Waitress."

Merola Grand Finale showcases talent

Merola Grand Finale showcases talent

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 29, 2018

San Francisco's Merola Opera Program, known for selecting and intensively training some of the most promising young talent in the world, recently finished its 2018 Summer Festival with a Grand Finale at the War Memorial Opera House.

Postcards from the West Edge

Postcards from the West Edge

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 22, 2018

Berkeley-based West Edge Opera has wrapped its summer Festival 2018 at its new digs in Craneway Conference Center on the Richmond waterfront.

Pornography, miniature golf & Aretha

Pornography, miniature golf & Aretha

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Aug 22, 2018

Author Don Shewey is a therapist whose work with gay men concerns issues of sex and intimacy. He has a lot of wisdom and experience to share in his new book "The Paradox of Porn - Notes on Gay Male Sexual Culture" (Joybody Books).

Buccaneers stop here

Buccaneers stop here

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 15, 2018

Of the Gilbert & Sullivan "big three," which include "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Mikado," "The Pirates of Penzance" or "The Slave of Duty" arguably remains the most popular.

Opera under a mushroom cloud

Opera under a mushroom cloud

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Aug 15, 2018

Nonesuch has just released the first recording of "Doctor Atomic," composer John Adams' opera about the Manhattan Project, which had its world premiere from San Francisco Opera in 2005.

Performing pros are on their way

Performing pros are on their way

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 15, 2018

Carole Cook, still quite active in cabaret, is one of more than a dozen performers who will be taking to the stage of the Herbst Theatre on Sun., Aug. 19 for "Help Is on the Way 24," the latest fundraising variety show for Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.