Review: ‘Don Carlo’ at San Francisco Opera (*****)

by James Lorenzato, Guest Reviewer   Five stars for an operatic masterpiece performed by consummate singers. The SF Opera’s “Don Carlo” gives one a sense of accomplishment.  This is real opera, long, entangled,  and everybody ends up wretched or dead.  One feels one has run the opera version of  Bay to Breakers.  They should have passed […]

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 […]