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Post-Ring Wrap Up
July 16, 2011 - 8:00 am
Join your fellow Wagnerians for a post-Ring wrap-up. We will begin the meeting with Professor David Littlejohn. Professor Littlejohn will review the 2011 San Francisco Ring and then moderate an open discussion of the Ring. It should be an exciting meeting because we all know . . . . Wagnerians are seldom SHY about their opinons.
David Littlejohn, Professor Emeritus of Journalism, University of California Berkeley
David Littlejohn (a native son) has been attending performances of the San Francisco Opera–and many other companies–for more than 50 years, and reviewing them (along with several other art forms) since 1967. While teaching critical reviewing at Berkeley, he served as “Critic at Large” for television station KQED and the PBS network until 1975. From 1980 to 1989 he reviewed the San Francisco Opera season regularly for The Times of London, and in April 1990 began a monthly report on the West Coast cultural scene for the Wall Street Journal, which he continues, and in which he covers both major California opera seasons, as well as occasional performances elsewhere. From 1975 to 1990 he contributed one or two background essays each season to the San Francisco Opera Company’s program-magazine, fifteen of which (including two on Wagner) were collected in 1992 into a book published by University of California Press (one of fourteen he has written or edited) called “The Ultimate Art: Essays around and about Opera.” You can now read it read it free through the UC Press website. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the WSNC publication Leitmotive.
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