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And All Of You Males Are The Same, Too: Cosi Fan Tutte at the SF Opera

Are women all truly the same? Or maybe it's just that all men have the same perspective, no matter how old they are? Yeah, I'm going to go with the second version. Don't miss Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera. The cast consists of Ellie Dehn as Fiordiligi, Christel Lotzsch as Dorabella, Susannah Biller as Despina, Francesco Demuro as Ferrando, Philippe Sly as Guglielmo, and Marco Vinco as Don Alfonso. Nicola Luisotti conducts this performance of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to write much during my time there, so I only have one entry that was written before the opera started. Also, since everybody in this opera seem to gamble and bet on anything they see, my dad and I placed a bet on one part in the first act. During Di scrivermi ogni giorno, most conductors made Fiordiligi and Dorabella weep while they sang those phrases. My dad thought that they would do …

Crick Crack! Crick Crack! And That's Kleinzach!

Yes, that's right! Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann are at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House!The cast consists of Matthew Polenzani as Hoffmann, Angela Brower as The Muse and Nicklausse, Christian Van Horn as Lindorf, Coppelius, Dr. Miracle, and Dapertutto, Steven Cole as Andres, Cochenille, Franz and Pitichinaccio,  Hadleigh Adams as Luther and Schlemil, Matthew Grills as Nathanael, Joo Won Kang as Hermann, Thomas Glenn as Spalanzani, Hye Jung Lee as Olympia, Natalie Dessay as Antonia, James Creswell as Crespel,  Margaret Mezzacappa as Antonia's mother, Irene Roberts as Giulietta, and Jacqueline Piccolino as Stella. The music director is Nicola Luisotti; the conductor is Patrick Fournillier; the chorus director is Ian Robertson; and the general director is David Gockley.

Following is the review on the performance of The Tales of Hoffmann on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. San Fransisco War Memorial Opera House.

7:58 p.m. "I'm with you at the War Memori…

Two Households, Both Alike in Dignity: Romeo and Juliet at Pocket Opera

Sunday 2:00 p.m. Florence Gould Theatre. The performance has not yet begun. People are gathering, and the ones already here are chattering with friends and neighbors. The lights slowly dim and the audience goes quiet.

3:15 p.m. The first part was enjoyable. I only had a problem with them all singing too loudly. Or maybe the auditorium is small. I don't know. Lindsay Roush's (Juliet) high notes were louder than the rest of them.  J. Raymond Meyers' (Romeo) high notes were also very loud. I suspect that this was because the hall itself was very small. Overall, I did not feel that attachment to the stage that one sitting in the audience should possess. At some points, I must admit, I felt a bit bored; other times it was too loud to fall asleep. I have high hopes for the second half of the performance. We'll see how it will be. 
5:19 p.m. The opera itself is fascinating. I loved the last scene, where Romeo and Juliet die together. I felt as if the singers became rather tir…