Letters: Conservatory shines in recent production 

“Conservatory singers serve up Donizetti’s ‘Elixir of Love,’” Arts, March 31

Conservatory shines in recent production

One does not have to travel to Oberlin Conservatory of Music or Julliard School to hear and see world-class concerts and performances by young aspiring musicians and artists.

My friends and I went to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Opera Theater on April 4 to see Donizzetti’s “L’elisir d’amore.” I commend the conservatory’s students for an exquisitely wonderful performance!

I especially applaud tenor Mario Rojas, who played the role of Nemorino. Rojas’ voice was very beautiful, lyrical, and deeply expressive and passionate. Rojas, winner of the Placido Domingo scholarship in Mexico, will surely be a rising star in the opera world.

Soprano Evan Kardon, who played the role of Adina, was a versatile performer throughout the opera.

We can look forward to more operas directed by Jose Maria Condemi at the conservatory.

Maestro Scott Sandmeier, conductor of the conservatory orchestra, and his student musicians did an outstanding job. You can catch Sandmeier and the orchestra musicians perform throughout the school year.

The secret is that their music making is that of professional symphony orchestras, and also sometimes surpasses it. Discover for yourself!

Anh Le

San Francisco

“Obama makes his mark with Kennedy-esque line,” From Readers, April 7

Iran agreement has holes

Robert Sodervick had a quotation: “not to fear to negotiate.” That is good, but the fear was that the Obama administration was so eager to have an agreement with Iran that it would give up more than it had stated they wanted previously. And that is what it has done.

President Barack Obama is willing to take the risk, that the proposed nuclear agreement might succeed but also might fail. If it fails, such as cheating by Iran (which it has done before), it will be too late to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

The U.S. democracy can be slow to react. Recent examples are the aggression by the Islamic State in Syria and Afghanistan, and Russia in Crimea and Ukraine. Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries oppose the proposed nuclear agreement, because it places at risk their very survival. This agreement must be greatly improved, or else terminated.

Norman G. Lichtv San Carlos

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