Author: Bill Lohse

The Magic Flute

James Levine conducting. Great singers singing, in every part. Evil Queen was unreal. The Met… I go to operas in other cities. I heard “Rigoletto” in SF a month or so back. Very good, but the Duke couldn’t fill the …Read More

Un Ballo in Maschera

If you can go, go. Great opera for beginners. World-beating cast. It has my favorite baritone, Dimitri Hvorostovsky; my new favorite tenor, Piotr Beczala; and the soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky, who will be singing all three of Donizetti’s queens next year …Read More


  I love “Carmen.” I heard it earlier this season at the Met. Pretty good. But then I was told this great Don Jose, Kaufmann, was going to be singing last Wednesday, and again March 7 matinee. I went. He …Read More

The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America

The did a special on television about this book by Scott Wolter, which was magnificent. It’s about the Knights Templar and how they want off to Jerusalem in search of the Holy Grail, and they found it! Spoiler alert: It’s …Read More

Sushi Nakazawa

Let’s not be falsely modest, shall we not? I eat a lot of sushi. At the best places in NYC and Tokyo. I’d heard about Sushi Nakazawa for most of the last year since it opened, as its chef is …Read More

Sparks and Craft Restaurants

      “Sure the new flame is attractive, but then you return to your main squeeze: A return to Craft and Sparks.” Sparks is still my favorite steak house. With that bias exposed, I’ve tried different dishes at Sparks …Read More


  Kappo-style Japanese food in Soho, at Thompson and Spring. Open one year. For those unclear, Kappo is on a curve between Kaiseki, Japanese haute cuisine, and Izakaya, casual food, mostly served with drinks. Some more to the left, some …Read More