Review: ‘Siegfried’ at SF Opera

by Charles Kruger Musicologists have noted that the four opera Ring cycle might be considered analogous to a traditional Classical symphony: the first (“Das Rheingold”) being an exposition of themes, the second (“Die Walkure”) a traditionally slow movement, the third (“Siegfried”) a light scherzo movement, and the last (“Gotterdammerrung”) a grand dramatic finale. The point […]

Review: “La Traviata” at SF Opera (**1/2)

by  Charles Kruger Sometimes a soufflê just won’t rise. “La Traviata” boasts one of the loveliest scores in the entire Verdi repertoire with soaring melodies, thrilling orchestrations, charming choruses, and exquisite opportunities for bel canto singing. But, even the loveliest music and most enticing story requires some commitment on the part of the artists to […]

Review: SF Opera presents “Madame Butterfly” (****)

by Charles Kruger Liana Haroutounian is unquestionably a great diva gifted with a magnificent instrument, insightful musicianship, and exceptional acting talent. But fans who recall her remarkable SF Opera debut as Tosca in 2014 could hardly be blamed for wondering whether she could be equally successful as the demur  and sorrowful Cio-Cio-San. Well, put all doubts to rest. Harotounian is […]