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“Cavalleria Rusticana” & “Pagliacci”—Stellar Singing and Acting from S.F. Opera

“Cavalleria Rusticana” & “Pagliacci”—Stellar Singing and Acting from S.F. Opera

Director Jose Maria Condemi’s Chivalrous Rustics & Sad Clowns Come Alive by Pamela Feinsilber It’s not often that San Francisco audiences are offered the most popular “double bill” in opera: “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. While these one-act operas are sometimes presented separately, they’ve been together since both composers (Leoncavallo wrote his libretto, as well) entered a new-talent competition in Rome in 1890. Now there’s a fine new production of “Cav/Pag,” in the aficionados’ shorthand,…

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“Nijinsky”—Dancer’s Genius Flows Again, at S.F. Ballet

“Nijinsky”—Dancer’s Genius Flows Again, at S.F. Ballet

Choreographer Neumeier & National Ballet of Canada Celebrate Nijinsky’s Triumphs amidst Madness by Pamela Feinsilber As the dancers of San Francisco Ballet prepare to perform 12 (12!) world-premiere works in four programs beginning April 20, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson has brought in the National Ballet of Canada to perform John Neumeier’s intense and ambitious “Nijinsky.” It’s a splendid gift to local ballet and theater audiences, because the large cast, sets, and costumes have been transported from Toronto for just a…

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