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Chiharu Shibata stars in "Hansel and Gretel" at San Francisco Opera @sfopera
Illustration from The Other Statue by Edward Gorey, 1968
performances we're eyeing
JAN. 31 & FEB. 2, 2020
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed in Latin with English supertitles
"In celebration of Corrado Rovaris's 20th anniversary with Opera Philadelphia, the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus present what NPR has called "A conductor's dream come true": Verdi's Requiem.
Joining soloists Leah Crocetto (Don Carlo), Daniela Mack (Carmen), Evan LeRoy Johnson (Carmen), and In-Sung Sim are over 80 instrumentalists and 100 choristers, resulting in a dramatic exploration of the full range of human emotions experienced during the Roman Catholic mass for the dead." operaphila.org
After Anthony Tommasini faulted the conductor Philippe Jordan in a review for leading a program of repertory staples — including Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony — with the New York Philharmonic in late October, a reader wrote Mr. Tommasini an email with his vehement disagreement. It led to a lively exchange between the two about what classical music audiences really want.