Tag Archive for Francesca Zambello

Sep. 22 SF Opera: Luisa Miller

Soprano Leah Crocetto as Luisa Miller and members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus in Verdi's "Luisa Miller" (photo: Cory Weaver)

Rare Verdi, well done: SF Opera stages ‘Louisa Miller’

The singing was good all around, but the set was largely disappointing

By James Sohre
Contributing writer

Luisa Miller lurks in the shadows of Verdi’s major accomplishments.

Periodically the piece shows up in a successful reading such as this one at San Francisco Opera and makes us wonder why this engaging music doesn’t gain wider acceptance…

July 19 Glimmerglass: Candide

Andrew Stenson as Candide and Andrew Maughan as Cacambo in The 2015 Glimmerglass Festival production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" (photo: Karli Cadel)

Glimmerglass’s ‘Candide’ makes political satire satisfying entertainment

Francesca Zambello demonstrates how a musical whose story is based entirely on politics and philosophy can ‘glitter and be gay’

By David Rubin

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide has never been, in any of its many versions, the best of all possible American musicals. The challenges it poses to a production team are simply too many…

June 30 SF Opera: Two Women

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cesira) with the Allied troops in the San Francisco Opera production of "Two Women" (photo: Cory Weaver)

‘Two Women’ a powerful story full of operatic potential — and music that doesn’t quite match

Marco Tutino’s accessible musical score, steeped in pleasant tunes and harmonies, is largely too tame to confront the violence and grittiness of the story

By James Sohre
Contributing writer

With an intentional nod to verismo opera, its lush melodies and orchestral effects, San Francisco Opera successfully presented the world premiere of composer Marco Tutino’s Two Women…

July 28 Glimmerglass: Ariadne in Naxos

Glimmerglass’s ‘Ariadne in Naxos’ a powerful showcase for a powerhouse soprano

Christine Goerke raises the roof in this unforgettable aural experience

By David Rubin

Paradise, at least for lovers of Richard Strauss and the female voice, came to the Glimmerglass Festival this week with its production of Ariadne in Naxos.

In the title role, soprano Christine Goerke (the festival’s Artist in Residence this season) delivered a majestic performance that combined a resonant, rolling sound with incredible range, flexibility and control…

July 13 Glimmerglass: Madame Butterfly

Glimmerglass’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ finds harmony in the clashing of cultures

The two female leads dominate the singing in Francesca Zambello’s insightfully staged production

By David Abrams

Staging Puccini’s beloved Madame Butterfly has its challenges. The storyline unfolds slowly, at times painfully so, and there’s precious little onstage action to sustain interest throughout the three-act drama…

July 13 Glimmerglass: Camelot

Glimmerglass premiere of ‘Camelot’ chivalrous, but hardly a knight to remember

David Pittsinger, as King Arthur, provided most of the magic in this pleasant but unspectacular production of the Lerner and Loewe musical

By David Abrams

Francesca Zambello’s courageous marketing decision to produce a blockbuster Broadway musical each season is not without its challenges…

July 15 Glimmerglass: Aida

Glimmerglass’s provocative ‘Aida’ combines great singing, shocking images

No room for elephants or camels on Zambello’s daring geopolitical stage

By David Rubin

Francesca Zambello, the artistic and general director of the Glimmerglass Festival outside Cooperstown, New York, plants her artistic stake in the ground early in her provocative…

July 16 Glimmerglass: Annie Get Your Gun

Glimmerglass’s Annie Get Your Gun: Deborah Voigt descends from Valhalla and makes a hit on Broadway

The acclaimed Wagnerian soprano trades Brünnhilde’s spear for a rifle and places her mark on the legendary wisecracking sharpshooter, Annie Oakley

By David Abrams

It may be a stretch to argue that anything Ethel Merman can do Deborah Voigt can do better…

June 14-19 SF Opera: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Zambello strikes gold in San Francisco with intelligent ‘Ring Cycle’ that challenges conventions, rouses senses The celebrated director’s thought-provoking video projections throughout the cycle of music dramas stimulate the imagination, and outshine the singing By David Rubin San Francisco is a city with a strong commitment to environmental protection. So it is not surprising that…