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“Tosca”—A Beautifully Sung but Unimaginative New Production, from S.F. Opera

“Tosca”—A Beautifully Sung but Unimaginative New Production, from S.F. Opera

Puccini’s Great Opera Has a Dazzling Star, Fresh Sets & Costumes by Pamela Feinsilber Critics attend a popular opera such as “Tosca” many, many times over the years. We saw it here just four years ago, with the amazing Lianna Haroutounian in the lead and tenor Brian Jagde as her beloved, Cavaradossi. This is my third “Tosca,” so it was impossible to see even the new San Francisco Opera production with fresh eyes. It was, though, the first-ever opera for…

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“A Lesson From Aloes” Explodes a Thorny Past , at Z Below, S.F.

“A Lesson From Aloes” Explodes a Thorny Past , at Z Below, S.F.

Millennial Notes Athol Fugard Stuns with Painful Memories   by Evelyn Arevalo South African playwright Athol Fugard pieces together a compelling story that examines racism, friendship, and fear at its very core. “Lesson from Aloes,” set in 1963, in apartheid South Africa masterfully explores the realities of the country’s enforced racial separation, using sizzling symbolism. Resourceful Piet (dynamic Victor Talmadge) and distressed Gladys (enchanting Wendy vanden Heuvel) are waiting for the arrival of their longtime family friend Steve (captivating Adrian…

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