Ed and Eddie's list of Operas we have seen

Ratings Legend:
5* - Loved It – A classic, would see it a second time.
4* - Really Liked It – Excellent, strong production.
3* - Liked It – Good production but something is lacking or not clicking.
2* - Just OK – Below average but had at least one interesting component.
1* - Did Not Like It – Waste of time.

Rating*, Show Title - Author, Presenting Company (comments) MM/YY
[Synopsis or review]

5*, A Flowering Tree - John Adams, San Francisco Symphony (Peter Sellers director) 03/07
[A beautiful maiden has the mystical ability to transform herself into a blossoming tree. Love, complications and redemption follows.]
3*, A Masked Ball - Giuseppe Verdi, Antoio Somma, San Francisco Opera 09/06
4*, A Masked Ball - Giuseppe Verdi, Antoio Somma, San Francisco Opera 10/14
[The Swedish king, Gustav III, loves his trusted friend's wife. The friend, Anckarström, becomes the King’s bitter enemy and the ringleader of the conspiracy. Consumed by jealousy, Anckarström stalks his prey during the opera’s climactic scene at the King's masked ball.]
4*, Abduction From the Seraglio, The - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, San Francisco Opera 10/09
[A nobleman and his servant rescue their loves from a Turkish Pasha.]
5*, Aida - Giuseppe Verdi, San Francisco Opera 09/10
[Bitter Egyptian love triangle. A captured Ethiopian princess comes between a military commander, Radames, and Pharaoh's daughter Amneriss.]
4*, André Chénier - Umberto Giordano, Luigi Illica, San Francisco Opera 09/16
[Under the shadow of the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror, a poet and a servant-turned-revolutionary compete for the affections of a young aristocrat.]
5*, Appomattox - Philip Glass, Christopher Hampton,San Francisco Opera 10/07
[World premiere. Haunting and socially precient of the Civil War and its aftermath. Lee surrenders to Grant.]
4*, Ariodante - George Frideric Handel, San Francisco Opera 06/08
[Two women playing castratos in this baroque opera. A Scottish prince is betrayed by a deceitful duke in this tale of passion, envy, greed, despair and ultimate triumph.]
3*, Attila - Giuseppe Verdi, San Francisco Opera 6/12
[The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance.]
5*, Barber of Seville, The - Gicachino Rossini, Pierre Beaumorchais,San Francisco Opera (Nathan Gunn) 11/06
5*, Barber of Seville, The - Gicachino Rossini, Pierre Beaumorchais, San Francisco Opera 11/13
[Count Almaviva loves the beautiful Rosina, who is kept a virtual prisoner in the house of her lecherous guardian Dr. Bartolo. Almaviva hires jack-of-all-trades Figaro to liberate her. Modern rotating set and Vespa riding in '06.]
5*, Billy Budd - Benjamin Britten, Herman Melville,San Francisco Opera 10/04
[A tale pitting the goodness of a young seaman against evil, represented by the master-at-arms on a British war ship in 1797.]
5*, Bonesetter's Daughter, The - Amy Tan, Stewart Wallace, San Francisco Opera 09/08
[Based on Tan's 2001 novel. Adult daughter and mother reconcile past hurts with a visit by grandmother's ghost. Production mixes traditional Chinese soloists, instruments and acrobatics with Western opera styles.]
2*, Boris Godunov - Modest Mussorgsky, San Francisco Opera 11/08
[Russian history told in operatic terms spanning the years between Ivan the Terrible and the Romanovs.]
5*, Capulets and The Montagues, The - Vincenzo Bellini, Felice Romani, San Francisco Opera 10/12
[A reworking of the story of Romeo and Juliet based on Italian sources rather than taken directly from William Shakespeare.]
5*, Carmen - Georges Bizet,San Francisco Opera 11/06
5*, Carmen - Georges Bizet, San Francisco Opera 11/11
5*, Carmen - Georges Bizet, San Francisco Opera 6/16 (Updated to the last days of General Franco's dictatorship in Calixto Bieito's acclaimed production.)
[Corporal Don José deserts his fiancée and his regiment to run off with the bewitching Gypsy, Carmen. But when she shifts her affections to the dashing toreador Escamillo, Carmen meets her fate from a jealous Don José’s knife blade.]
5*, Champion: An Opera in Jazz - Terence Blanchard, Michael Cristofer, SFJAZZ with Opera Parallèle 03/16
[Tells the real-life story of world champion boxer Emile Griffith, a man haunted by memories of his past who struggled to reconcile his sexuality in a hyper-macho world. Tormented by the death of opponent Benny Paret following their 1962 bout for the welterweight title, Griffith spent his life questioning himself and a society that would accept his accidental killing of a fellow athlete, but not his bisexuality.]
5*, Cinderella (La Cenerentola) - Gioachino Rossini, Jacopo Ferretti, San Francisco Opera 11/14
[Thanks to her open heart and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives.This version has evil step-father, a wise tutor instead of fairy-godmother and matching bracelets in place of glass slippers.]
5*, Così fan tutte - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte ,San Francisco Opera 06/05
4*, Così fan tutte - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte, San Francisco Opera 06/13
[A tale of fianceé swapping and gambling with love, jealousy, human weakness and forgiveness.]
5*, Cyrano de Bergerac - Franco Alfano, Henri Cain, San Francisco Opera (Plácido Domingo) 11/10
[An operatic adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s celebrated play.]
4*, Dalibor - Friedrich Smetana, Theater an der Wien (Opera, Vienna) 08/04
[Czech political opera in German]
5*, Damnation of Faust, The - Hector Berlioz, San Francisco Symphony 04/07
[Concert opera. A spectacular tale of Faust's damnation and the redemption of the woman he betrayed told in a lush score of cinematic Romanticism.]
5*, Das Rheingold - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera 06/08
5*, Das Rheingold - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera 07/11
[The lust for power, the lure of gold, the sacred beauty of nature, the destructive impulses of man: These timeless themes dominate both American history and Wagner's Ring. The dwarf Alberich futilely attempts to seduce the maidens who guard the Rhine River’s gold. If forged into a ring, it would give its wearer universal power, as long as he renounces love. Alberich steals the gold and fashions the ring. Meanwhile, Wotan, king of the gods, must find a way to pay the giants Fasolt and Fafner for the construction of Valhalla, the immortals’ opulent new home. Using trickery, he steals Alberich’s ring to settle his debt. The bitter dwarf places a curse on the ring and anyone who possesses it.]
4*, Daughter of the Regiment - Gaetano Donzetti, J.H.Vernoy de Saint-Georges, F. Bayard, San Francisco Opera 10/09
[A rambunctious tomboy raised by a group of soldiers is forced to assume the airs of an aristocrat.]
5*, Der Rosenkavalier - Richard Strauss,San Francisco Opera 06/07
[Main character is a young man played by a women that makes opera love with two other women and then disguises as a young woman and then has to fend off unwanted advances from a male suitor.]
5*, Die Fledermaus - Johann Strauss, Jr.,San Francisco Opera 09/06
[An operetta about the mildly salacious infidelities of the Viennese upper crust.]
4*, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera 11/15
[Midsummer's eve, Nuremberg in the 16th century. The story revolves around the real-life cobbler-poet Hans Sachs and the guild of mastersingers – poets and musicians who pursue their craft according to traditions and rules. A goldsmith's daughter, Eva, and a knight, Walther von Stolzing, fall in love, but Eva's father has promised her to the winner in the forthcoming song contest. Walther must learn the mastersinger's art rapidly, under the wise tuition of Sachs – and despite a challenge from the foolish town clerk Beckmesser. 6-hours long.]
4*, Die Tote Stadt - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, San Francisco Opera 10/08
[A drean within a dream, psycho-sexual drama. A mix of hallucinatory fantasy and painful reality as Paul mourns the death of his young wife Marie.]
5*, Die Walküre - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera 06/10
5*, Die Walküre - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera 07/11
[A epic tale of an emotionally volatile father and his disobedient children (Siegmund & Brünnhilde) done with a distinctly American touch while honoring its mythic roots. Wotan, king of the gods, strives to undo the curse of the ring by fathering a pure-of-heart hero by a mortal woman. But he finds himself torn as events spin out of control and his offspring defy his will.]
2*, Doctor Atomic - John Adams, Peter Sellars,San Francisco Opera 10/05
[Three hours of no action or melody. The scientists and generals sing about how bad the weather is. ]
5*, Dolores Cliborne - Tobias Picker, J.D. McClathy, San Francisco Opera 10/13
[Based on Steven King novel. When housekeeper Dolores Claiborne is questioned in the death of her wealthy employer, a long-hidden dark secret from her past is revealed- how and why she killed her husband, Joe, 30 years ago.]
4*, Don Giovanni - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Estates Theatre Prague (Opera, Prague) 08/04
5*, Don Giovanni - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,San Francisco Opera, 06/07
5*, Don Giovanni - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, San Francisco Opera 10/11 (new set of hanging mirriors)
[A Don Juan story. Giovanni attempts to seduce peasant girls and noblewomen alike. But his conquests come to a fiery finale when he blasphemously invites death itself to join him for a gourmet’s feast.]
5*, Don Pasquale - Gaetano Donizetti, Giovanni Ruffini, San Francisco Opera 10/16
[True love wins when the penny-pinching Pasquale tries to force his nephew to marry for money—and gets a lesson he’ll never forget. Hie is fooled into getting married and tries to father an heir, thereby cutting off his nephew without a penny. The new wife has other plans and loves the nephew.]
4*, Dream of the Red Chamber - Bright Sheng, David Henry Hwang, San Francisco Opera 09/16
[Based on the epic novel by Cao Xueqin. Despite his love for Dai Yu, Bao Yu is destined to marry another cousin, an attractive heiress, who might reverse the family’s declining fortunes.]
5*, Elixir of Love, The- Gaetano Donizetti, Felice Romani, San Francisco Opera 11/08
[Set in Napa Valley 1915. The naïve Nemorino believes that a love potion will win him Adina's heart. Blossoming from a shy Italian immigrant to a plucky entrepreneur, he captures both his sweetheart and the American dream over the course of this delightful opera buffa.]
4*, Ernani - Giuseppe Verdi, Lyric Opera of Chicago 11/09
[A vindictive king and an outlaw nobleman, Ernani, are mortal enemies but they are in love with the same woman! Will anyone live?]
4*, Eugene Onegin - Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, Alexander Pushkin, San Francisco Opera 12/04
[She loves; he rebuffs. Years later he yearns; she is married. Who's crying now?]
2*, The Fall of the House of Usher -Two one-act operas based on Edgar Allen Poe's story, San Francisco Opera 12/15
- Usher House - Gordon Getty
- La Chute de la Maison Usher - Claude Debussy, Robert Orledge
[Poe's Gothic tale about a decaying castle inhabited by a tormented man and his sickly sister.]
5*, Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi, Arrigo Boito, San Francisco Opera 10/13
[Based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Verdi's last opera is a wise, wistful comedy about a self-deluded old man who vainly attempts to seduce two women at once.]
4*, Faust - Charles Gounod, San Francisco Opera 06/10
[A forlorn philosopher regains his youth by making a deal with the Devil. Poor Marguerite is loved and betrayed by Faust.]
5*, Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven,San Francisco Opera 11/05
[The wife of a falsely accused political prisoner adopts the disguise of a young man, Fidelio, and infiltrates the prison. She risks all for love and liberty.]
5*, Flying Dutchman,The - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera 10/13
[A ship's captain is condemned to endlessly travel the seas in search of true love. Once every seven years he may leave his ship in search of a woman who will redeem him from his deathless wandering if she gives him faithful, absolute love. Enter the lovely Senta.]
4*, Force of Destiny, The - Giuseppe Verdi,San Francisco Opera 11/05
[Boyfriend accidentally kills his girlfriend’s father when gun drops on the floor. Fate requires one to sit there for almost 4 hours for the tragic story to conclude.]
4*, Girl of the Golden West,The - Giacomo Puccini, San Francisco Opera 06/10
[A love triangle of a gun-toting woman salon owner, a dashing outlaw and a creepy sheriff set during the California Gold Rush.]
4*, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, The - Mark Adamo, San Francisco Opera 06/13
[Drawing on the Gnostic gospels, it reimagines the New Testament through the eyes of its lone substantial female character. Mary’s clashes with Jesus’s disciple Peter suggest how the personal politics within Jesus’ movement may have played out in its own place and time.]
5*, Götterdämmerunge - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera 07/11
[The sacred union of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is threatened by three scheming siblings, one of whom was sired by Alberich to take possession of the ring. Driven by greed, their actions inevitably lead to chaos and destruction, until Brünnhilde—wise, pure of heart, heroic—steps forward to return the universe to its natural order in an act of self-sacrifice.]
5*, Heart of a Soldier - Christopher Theofanidis, Donna Di Novelli, San Francisco Opera 09/11
[Based on the book by James B. Stewart on the adventure-filled life and heroic death of Rick Rescorla who saved 2,700 lives for a company with offices in the south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.]
4*, Idomeneo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giambattista Varesco, San Francisco Opera 10/08
[A powerful king who, in the aftermath of the Trojan War, makes a pact that he comes to regret: he must sacrifice to the god the first person he encounters on land...his son.]
5*, Il Trittico - Giacomo Puccini , San Francisco Opera 09/09
[Three one-act operas: the tragic "Il Tabarro", the mystical"Suor Argelica" and the comic "Gianni Schicchi".]
4*, Il Trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi, San Francisco Opera 09/09
[Two men vie for the love of a woman not knowing they are brothers. The younger was kidnapped by a mad gypsy woman as a child.]
4*, Iphigénie en Tauride - Christopher Willibald Gluck,San Francisco Opera 06/07
[Iphigénie, the daughter of Agamemnon, must sacrifice the survivors of the latest shipwreck which include her brother Orestes and his friend Pylades. Will she recognize them in time?]
5*, Italian Girl in Algiers, The - Gioachino Rossini, San Francisco Opera 10/05
[Slapstick and farcical opera reset in 1930's. Set is a giant book that opens and closes.]
5*, Jenufa - Leoš Janácek, San Francisco Opera 6/16
[A righteous stepmother attempts to shield her daughter from scandal and village gossip through an unspeakable act of infanticide and redemption.]
5*, Jerry Springer: The Opera - Richard Thomas, Stewart Lee, Ray of Light Theatre 10/10
[A crudely delightful yet heartbreaking operatic farce. "How does our American obsession with confessional and reality television, our aspirations for empty fame, and our glee at sneering over the mistakes of others function like a national religion?"]
5*, La Bohème - Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, San Francisco Opera 12/08
5*, La Bohème - Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, San Francisco Opera 11/14
[A series of character sketches of Parisian Bohemian life wrapped around the love story between Rodolfo and Mimì, ending with her death.]
5*, La Rondine (The Swallow) - Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Adami, Alfred Maria Willner, Heinz Reichert, San Francisco Opera (soprano Angela Gheorghiu) 11/07
[An operetta that tells the story of a worldly woman who falls in love with a naïve younger man.Beautiful Art Nouveau set.]
5*, La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi, Prague State Opera (Opera, Prague) 08/04
5*, La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi,San Francisco Opera 9/04
5*, La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi,San Francisco Opera 06/09
5*, La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi, Francesco Maria Piave, San Francisco Opera 06/14
[Alfredo falls in love with the beautiful courtesan, Violetta. She is dying from consumption. Damn.]
3*, Le Grand Macabre - Gyorgy Ligeti,San Francisco Opera 11/04
[A operatic apocalypse in a comic-book Armageddon.]
5*, Lucia di Lammermoor - Gaetano Donizetti, San Francisco Opera 06/08
5*, Lucia di Lammermoor - Gaetano Donizetti, San Francisco Opera 09/15
[A young woman who is driven to madness and murder when forced to marry a man she does not love. All the men in her life are against her.]
5*, Lucrezia Borgia - Gaetano Donizetti, Felice Romani, San Francisco Opera (Renée Fleming) 10/11
[A femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her handsom, adult son she had abandoned. He has pledged an oath of life and death to his best mate, a sworn enemy of Mother. Does not end well. Bel Canto masterpiece.]
[Based on Shakespeare's play. Production marred by bad direction and a lame pop-art, post-apocalyptic set.]
5*, Luisa Miller - Giuseppe Verdi, Salvadore Cammarano, San Francisco Opera 09/15
A wealthy youth, betrothed to a duchess, falls in love with a country girl - Luisa Miller. To remain incognito he disguises himself. The girl betrays her lover, so he tricks her and they drink poison, and then die together.]
5*, Madama Butterfly - Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica San Francisco Opera 06/06
5*, Madama Butterfly - Giacomo Puccini, San Francisco Opera (Harold Prince production) 10/10
4*, Madama Butterfly - Giacomo Puccini, San Francisco Opera (Jun Kaneko pop art design) 07/14
[American naval officer acquires a bride known as Butterfly. She rejects her religion, family and culture for her new husband. He soon abandons her and leaves the country. She waits faithfully for 3 years. He returns only to claim the son she bore him, setting Butterfly on a tragic course.]
5*, Magic Flute, The - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder,San Francisco Opera 10/07
5*, Magic Flute, The - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder,San Francisco Opera 06/12
5*, Magic Flute, The - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder,San Francisco Opera 09/15
[With a lovelorn birdcatcher, Papageno, as his sidekick, a prince seeks to rescue a princess and help restore peace, justice, and wisdom. A fairy tale opera with Masonic allegory advocating enlightened absolutism. 2007 Featurds Gerald Scarfe's eye-catching sets and costumes. 2012 designed by visual artist Jun Kaneko.]
4*, Maid of Orleans,The (Joan of Arc) - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,San Francisco Opera 06/06
[The matronly mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick performs the part of the 17 year old Joan.]
4*, Makropulos Case, The - Leoš Janácek, San Francisco Opera 11/10
5*, Makropulos Case, The - Leoš Janácek, San Francisco Opera 10/16
[The seductive diva Emilia Marty has broken hearts for over 300 years and yet she doesn’t look a day past 30. Now that the magical elixir granting her eternal youth is wearing off, the jaded, 337-year-old opera singer finds her humanity in death.]
4*, Manon Lescaut - Giacomo Puccini,San Francisco Opera12/06
[Girl can't decide to marry for love or money. Tries both but ends up dying in the deserts of Louisiana.]
5*, Marriage of Figaro, The - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,San Francisco Opera 06/06
5*, Marriage of Figaro, The - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, San Francisco Opera 09/10
[Servants are preparing to wed, but the Count wants the woman for himself. Meanwhile, the pageboy Cherubino is panting after the Count’s wife while the governess is chasing Figaro. In the end, Figaro gets his bride, and the estranged Count and Countess reunite.]
5*, Mephistopheles - Arrigo Boito, San Francisco Opera 09/13
[A retelling of Goethe’s Faust. From the Prologue in heaven to a medieval carnival, to a Witches Sabbath, to Helen of Troy's Greece, and concluding with Faust's sudden and undeserved escape from Hell, was grand, romantic, and extravagant.]
5*, Moby-Dick - Jake Heggie, Gene Scheer, San Francisco Opera 10/12
[Adaption of Herman Melville's meditation on man and the sea.]
5*, Nixon in China - John Adams, Alice Goodman, San Francisco Opera 6/12
[Tells of the groundbreaking visit of President Nixon to Communist China in February 1972, during which he met with Party Chairman Mao Zedong and other Chinese leaders, flinging wide the long-closed doors between the U.S. and China.]
4*, Norma - Vincenzo Bellini,San Francisco Opera11/05
5*, Norma - Vincenzo Bellini,San Francisco Opera 09/14
[Druid priestess shacks up with enemy general. Has two kids by him. But now the general is shagging her assistant and Norma is pissed. Great singing by Norma.]
4*, Oedipus Rex and The Nightingale - Igor Stravinsky, San Francisco Symphony 12/05
[Beautiful semi staged contrasting oratorios; "Oedipus" neoclassical, "Nightingale" lush and lyrical]
5*, Partenope - George Frideric Handel, San Francisco Opera 10/14
Staging reset to a sureal/dadaist 1920's Paris. Disguises, cross-dressing and gender confusion leads to romantic complications in this comic opera about Queen Partenope and her three royal suitors.]
3*, Peer Gynt - Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Grieg, Robin Holloway, Alfred Schnittke, San Francisco Symphony 01/13
[A multimedia dramatic poem about a very bad boy and the redemptive love of a very good woman. Includes trolls, epic journeys to far-away lands, and mythological creatures.]
5*, Porgy and Bess - George Gershwin, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward, Ira Gershwin, Los Angeles Opera 05/07
5*, Porgy and Bess - George Gershwin, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward, Ira Gershwin, San Francisco Opera 06/09
5*, Porgy and Bess - George Gershwin, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward, Ira Gershwin, Richard Rogers Theatre (Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier) 07/12
[American folk opera. Interesting updates: set in inside a “Brechtian” cannery warehouse; Porgy doesn’t have a goat cart; instead he hobbles around with a twisted leg and crutch. “Summertime”, “A Woman Is A Sometime Thing”, “I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'”, “Bess, You Is My Woman”, “It Ain't Necessarily So”, “I Loves You, Porgy”, and “There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York.”]
5*, Rake's Progress, The - Igor Stravinsky, W.H. Auden, Chester Kallman, San Francisco Opera 12/07
[Faustian bargain reimagined as Texas and Hollywood in the 1950's.]
4*, Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi, San Francisco Opera 10/06
5*, Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi, San Francisco Opera 10/12
[The hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto finally goes too far, he provokes a curse and loses the only source of joy in his life, his daughter.]
5*, Rise and Fall of The City of Mahagonny - Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Los Angeles Opera (Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, director John Doyle) 01/07
[Old West boomtown rises from the desert to become a razzle-dazzle mecca for lust, liberty, and the pursuit of pleasure. Cash is king, sin is "in", love is always on sale, poverty is punishable by death, and anything worth doing is worth overdoing.]
4*, Salome - Richard Strauss, San Francisco Opera 10/09
[Based on Oscar Wilde's play; a tangled Biblical triangle: the persecuted John the Baptist, a lecherous King Herod and the monarch's pathologically seductive stepdaughter, Salome.]
5*, Samson and Delilah - Camille Saint-Saens, Ferdinand Lemaire,San Francisco Opera 09/07
[Sex and sandals, kitschy Cecil B. DeMille type sets, orgy ballet, billowy, luxuriant music and passable singing]
5*, Show Boat - Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, Edna Ferber, San Francisco Opera (Bill Irwin, Patricia Racette) 06/14
[Based on Ferber's novel. A tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Classic songs as "Ol’ Man River," "Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man," "Make Believe" and "You Are Love."]
5*, Siegfriede - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera 07/11
[A coming-of-age story in which a fearless young hero discovers his destiny. Wotan's hope for recovery of the ring now rests with his grandson Siegfried, who must reject his adoptive father, forge a magical sword and slay a fearsome dragon to prove himself worthy of its mighty power—and the extraordinary woman who awaits him.]
4*, Simon Boccanegra - Giuseppe Verdi, San Francisco Opera 09/08
[Convoluted story of a daughter finding her father and grandfather and healing the political hatred between them.]
4*, Stuck Elevator - Byron Au Yong, Aaron Jafferis, A.C.T. 04/13
[A musical/chamber opera based on the true story of a Chinese deliveryman who was trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours. Sounding the alarm will open the doors to freedom, but calling for help also means calling for attention—with dire consequences for this undocumented immigrant.]
5*, Susannah - Carlisle Floyd, San Francisco Opera 09/14
[In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. The charismatic traveling preacher sets his sights on her soul for salvation, but it will be their downfall.]
4*, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, Christopher Bond, San Francisco Opera 09/15
[Tells the tale of a barber seeking justice for the corrupt London judge who exiled him. Partnered with a delicious pie shop proprietress, Sweeney exacts a fearsome revenge as she concocts an alarming new recipe.]
5*, Tales of Hoffmann, The - Jacques Offenbach, Jules Barbier, Michel Carré, San Francisco Opera 6/13
[An opéra fantastique based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann: The Sandman, The Cremona Violin, and The Lost Reflection. Hoffmann himself is used as the main protagonist to frame the stories.]
5*, Tannhäuser - Richard Wagner,San Francisco Opera 09/07
[A singers' contest at the Wartburg castle while Tannháuser battles his soul over two irresistible impulses—the lure of carnal pleasure and the yearning for spiritual redemption.]
5*, Tosca - Giacomo Puccini, San Francisco Opera 06/09
5*, Tosca - Giacomo Puccini, San Francisco Opera (Patricia Racette) 11/12
[Set in Napoleonic Rome. Can a tempestuous singer Tosca outwit the evil baron Scarpia and save her young lover, Cavaradossi, from death.]
4*, Trojans, The (The Fall of Troy and The Trojans at Carthage) - Hector Berlioz, San Francisco Opera 06/15
[The tragic fall of Troy; the passionate love of two great leaders, Aeneas and Dido in Carthage; the urgent pull of destiny to conquer Italy.]
4*, Two Women (La Ciociara) - Marco Tution, Fabio Ceresa, San Francisco Opera 06/15
[Based on the novel La Ciociara by Alberto Moravia. The cruelty of war, the loss of innocence and the intense love of a mother for her daughter make for moving drama in this world premiere—based on a novel that was adapted into a classic movie starring Sophia Loren. As the Allies invade Italy toward the end of World War II, a strong-willed widow and her 16-year-old daughter flee Rome for the nearby mountains in a vain attempt to find safety.]
4*, Tristan and Isolde - Richard Wagner,San Francisco Opera10/06
["Act One is two women walking around the stage. Act Two, two people seated on a bench. The Third Act, a man who keeps getting up and lying down again." 4 hours, 45 minutes]
4*, Turandot - Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni, San Francisco Opera 09/11
[The icy restraint of Princess Turandot is finally melted by the passionate love of her suitor, Calaf. He correctly answers her three questions and keeps his name secret for a night to win her and keep his head. The opera score includes Nessun Dorma , one of the world's favorite tenor arias.]
5*, Werther - Jules Massenet, Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet, Georges Hartmann, San Francisco Opera 09/10
[Tragedy of an obsessive poet who cannot bear the pain of unrequited love. Only dreams or death can provide an escape.]
5*, Xerxes - George Frideric Handel, San Francisco Opera 11/11
[In this production, the world of the Persian potentate is transferred to 18th century London - specifically the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, where crowds of bourgeoisie gather to gawp at large stone eggs and archaeological topiary. An intricate roundelay of requited and unrequited love with plenty of broad cross-dressing shenanigans.]

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