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Lisa Hirsch

is a Bay Area music writer.


  • Earthly Love
    Spotlight September 2023

    Earthly Love

    Tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz sings Manrico at San Francisco Opera this month.

  • Die Frau Ohne Schatten at San Francisco Opera
    North America, Online Exclusive August 2023

    Die Frau Ohne Schatten at San Francisco Opera

    "Former San Francisco Opera music director Donald Runnicles—surprisingly, conducting the opera for the first time—led a starry cast in an overwhelmingly powerful performance of Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s fairy-tale masterpiece, which returned to the company after a thirty-four-year hiatus. Runnicles handled the enormous orchestra with extraordinary skill. Even the most explosive moments were transparent and without bombast, while the lightly-scored scenes had glowing intimacy."