Review: ‘Don Pasquale’ at San Francisco Opera (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Donezetti’s “Don Pasquale” is often spoken with along with Rossini’s uncannily popular “The Barber of Seville” as one of the greatest exemplars of Italian comic opera. To summarize the plot: Don Pasquale is upset that his nephew rejects the Don’s choice of a bride, preferring to marry for love. The determined, though elderly, Don […]

Review: ‘Andrea Chénier’ at SF Opera (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Responding to the great romantic masterpieces of the likes of Verdi and Wagner, opera composers, like their literary contemporaries, turned from romance to realism, creating the movement called “opera verismo” — true-to-life opera stories, with music that emphasized character and realism. By modern standards, the masterpieces of “opera verismo” (think of Carmen or […]