San Jose Metblogs » A Streetcar Named Desire – Opera Style!

Opera San Jose has really been outdoing itself this year, as it does every year. February’s Carmen was outstanding, and now they have taken a dip in the theatre-pond, bringing us Mr. Tennessee Williams. Did you know A Streetcar Named Desire was also an opera by André Previn? Well there was no way I was going to miss this. I was so excited to see this show, in a completely different way than I usually am. As soon as you step into the California Theatre you can see this opera is going to be diffe

San Jose Metblogs » A Magical Evening at Opera San Jose

Well, I was at the afternoon matinee, but still. It was one of the best times I’ve had at the opera, and I’m so happy that there is still time for you to see it. The Magic Flute is a show for adults and children, oldies and newbies, opera and theatre lovers. And it includes a majestic dragon!! This may not be the best show I’ve ever seen at Opera San Jose, but I still enjoyed it so much and it is a great show for other Opera Novices and Newbies. As always, the performances were incredible, the

San Jose Metblogs » SJ Opera: Where Angels Fear to Tread

This weekend I attended the World Premiere of Opera San Jose‘s Where Angels Fear to Tread, based on the novel by E.M. Forster, and I haven’t really stopped thinking about it since. I was very excited to see a brand new opera. Good or bad it is great to occasionally see something new, and that is a pretty rare occasion with opera. I felt like it had a shaky start, and I had some issues with the story itself, but as an opera it was completely enjoyable and I would definitely go see it again – some

San Jose Metblogs » Rigoletto: an Amazing and Entertaining opener for Opera SJ

I’ve been so excited to return to Opera San Jose and see their opening show, Verdi’s Rigoletto! And what a wonderful time we had! Remember, I am the Opera Novice, and even after several years of attending Opera SJ I still have no technical knowledge, but guess what? I still enjoy the heck out of the shows. And that is because you don’t have to be an opera aficionado to love the experience. My opera reviews are for the general public, with the hope that you will all give it a try one day and dis

San Jose Metblogs » Madama Butterfly brings magic and tears to Opera SJ

Last weekend I was lucky enough to see Opera San Jose’s tremendously entertaining production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, starring one of opera’s most dastardly villains: Lt. BF Pinkerton. When you have two strong, educated, feminist women in the audience of Madama Butterfly for the first time, you can expect a lot of crossed arms, raised eyebrows, and smirks. But though the story of an American lieutenant – who believes wives can be as changeable and temporary as the screens in his Japanese

San Jose Metblogs » The Opera Novice attends Anna Karenina, falls in love with opera

So here we are again, the second opera of my entire life. But after last season’s La Rondine I know that the opera can be pretty darn fun, and I was excited to see Anna Karenina. Once again I’m going to write this review from a beginner’s point of view and I hope that I get through to some of you out there who have yet to see an opera – because this show has the ability to turn an opera hater into a season pass holder. It just so happens that I read Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina over the summer and I

San Jose Metblogs » Take a chance in love: La Rondine at Opera San Jose

Opera San Jose recently invited us to attend opening night of Puccini’s La Rondine, and as I have a few friends who are crazy about opera, I decided to give it a go. The result was that I loved La Rondine and cannot wait to attend more shows at Opera San Jose. I also think that everyone would love this show whether you think you would like opera or not. The problem in which I find myself now is that I realize I have no real knowledge of opera, so this review is going to be written from a strictl