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“Das Rheingold” Gleams at San Francisco Opera

“Das Rheingold” Gleams at San Francisco Opera

Wagner’s Epic Ring Cycle Gets a Glorious Start by Pamela Feinsilber If you were near San Francisco City Hall after dark on June 12, you saw the facade and dome illuminated in vibrant red and gold. That’s because it was opening night across the street at the opera house, where—as the fire-evoking posters proclaim—San Francisco Opera is presenting the four linked operas of Richard Wagner’s masterwork, The Ring of the Nibelung, starting with “Das Rheingold.” Each opera can be enjoyed…

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“A Christmas Carol” Alerts Us to Real Lives, at A.C.T., S.F.

“A Christmas Carol” Alerts Us to Real Lives, at A.C.T., S.F.

James Carpenter Shows Scrooge Taxing Himself!  by Monica Fernandez As San Franciscans talk more about mindfulness, “A Christmas Carol” comes to A.C.T. to remind us about Time and Ghosts and Empathy for others. Charles Dickens’ essentially mindful tale virtually creates the idea of Christmas.  Director Domenique Lozano depicts an ultimate change of consciousness in her moving production of Dickens’ classic. We see scraggy Ebenezer Scrooge (multi-talented James Carpenter) succumbing to pointless selfishness, making himself into a heartless, nasty person. Carpenter’s…

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