Andrew Rombakis
January 2024

San Francisco Opera recently presented six performances of Lohengrin (Oct. 15 – Nov. 1) that left an indelible mark on its audience. Eun Sun Kim, the company’s Music Director, ventured into Wagner’s repertoire for the first time since coming to San Francisco, in line with her commitment to perform one Wagner work and one Verdi work each season. She led both the orchestra and the audience in one of Wagner’s[...]

Berthold Hoeckner
November 2023

On 12 November 1880, Cosima Wagner noted in her diaries what Richard had said about the Hermann Levi: “as a Jew—all he has to do is to learn how to […]

The Met’s last new staging before 2020’s pandemic shutdown–François Girard’s Der fliegende Holländer–disappointingly staged and cast and poorly conducted by Valery Gergiev–returned to port more enjoyably for four end-of-season shows. Girard […]

Susan Brodie
May 2023

Lohengrin returned to the Met on February 26 for the first time since 2006 in a new production by François Girard. After Robert Wilson’s starkly abstract 1998 production, the Canadian […]

Rare is the chance to experience the first public performances of Tristan und Isolde led by a conductor as experienced as Gustavo Dudamel. When Esa-Pekka Salonen launched the Tristan Project […]