I've had a great time at the opera house this year. Thank you, San Francisco Opera--the programming has been nicely varied, and every production I've seen, going back to the summer's La Traviata and Show Boat (technically part of last season, but who cares?), has been exceptionally enjoyable. I felt it was the best Traviata in my experience, and Show Boat, by its nature, was in a class by itself.
Because I love bel canto, I was overjoyed to see Bellini's Norma, especially since the season-opening opera starred the dazzling Sondra Radvanovsky, a dynamic "once in a generation" soprano.