Review: SF Opera’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ****1/2 Nowadays, most people understandably think of “Opera” as primarily a musical performance, more associated with the tradition of concert music than with the theatre. Traditionally, however, the makers of opera were after something greater: a balanced combination of poetry, dance, orchestral music, vocal music, acting, and theatrical design. The ideal is rarely […]

Review: Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola (Cinderella)’ at San Francisco Opera (*****)

(Daryl Henline + Lola Miller-Henline) (Rating: *****) (“La Cenerentola (Cinderella)” plays at the War Memorial Opera House November 18, 21st and 26th, 2014). “La Cenerentola (Cinderella)” by Gioachino Rossini, currently in production at San Francisco Opera is a wonder in every respect from the set design to the colorful voices of the singers. The story […]