Spring has sprung!

This weekend I took in not one, not two, but three performances! The first a Metropolitan Opera Simulcast performance of Rossini’s Le Comte de Ory with the lovely Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, Susanne Resmark, and Juan Diego Florez at CineArts in Palo Alto. I already adore Joyce so I was excited to see her alongside Florez. (Her red-leather jacket was divine!) She definitely held her own as the young, lovestruck Isolier. Take a look:

Here are some beautiful photos by Marty Sohl for the Met Opera.

Diana Damrau as Countess Adele


Joyce with Diana, Isolier & the Countess.

Florez in disguise (as the Old Prioress, perhaps?) with Damrau in her pajamas.

My date with DiDonato and Damrau had to be cut short because I had tickets for the SF Ballet “Program 6” performance that same afternoon. I high-tailed it up to the city again and arrived with time to spare.

I had never seen the SF Ballet company before so this was a real treat.

Program 6 had three separate dances (? or are they called movements? Codas?). It included material by Winger, Bach, and McGregor.

For more information about the program check it out here: Program 6 info

For more information about tickets and the calendar click here: San Francisco Ballet

My personal favorite was McGregor’s Chroma. It was truly a human experience. The choreography was fresh and bold. I also appreciated the bright white lighting and setting for the piece. I highly recommend that you take in any performance with the SF Ballet! Coming up they have The Little Mermaid. However it is *NOT* the Disney happy-go-lucky version we all know. This is the Auerbach version that explores much deeper, mature themes than just dealing with some angry Eels and Ursula. Just be warned my little poopsies!

The end of my weekend was spent at Temple Emanu-el for the final Schwabacher Recital presented by the SF Opera Center which featured mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas with Allen Perriello on piano.

Their program included various selections from Wagner’s Ring cycle. For a detailed breakdown, read on:

Wesendonck Lieder: “Der Engel, Stehe still!,” “Im Treibhaus,” “Schmerzen,” “Träume”
Selected songs of Franz Liszt: “Im Rhein, im schönen Strome;” “Die Loreley;” “Es rauschen die Winde;” “Über allen Gipfeln is Ruh (Wanderers Nachtlied);” “An Edlitam (In meinem Lebensringe)”
Gudruns Sorg: “Dengang var Gudrun beredt til Døden,” “Hos sad Jarlers ædle Hustruer,” “Da sagde Herborg,” “Da sagde Gullrønd,” “Engang Gudrun end ham skued,” “Da sagde Gudrun”

Allen and Daveda were outstanding (and have impeccable taste in attire!). I look forward to working with them both in the very near future! Bravo to you both! For an official review from SF Gate click here: Daveda Karanas delivers a Superb Ring Teaser . For more information about the San Francisco Opera please visit: The Ring Cycle at SF Opera

Time to run! Have a beautiful week everyone, photos from SFCM’s Musical Theater production of She Loves Me to come soon!


x Kersh


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