SF Opera programming has descended into tepid mediocrity
This is the second year in a row that the most exciting opera in San Francisco is being staged by the SF Symphony, not the SF Opera, which has become a boring, stuffy forum for turgid Italian melodrama. The Symphony, on the other hand, is doing Britten’s Peter Grimes this year, and Fidelio next year.
I blame the SF Opera for replacing the brilliant Donald Runnicles with the puffy, supercilious Nicola Luisotti, whose idea of progressive opera is Mozart. It’s a horrendous downturn for the company that staged the first American production of Messiaen’s Saint Francis.