Operatic Slumming 

Iphigénie en Tauride at the War Memorial Opera House.

It's unreasonably quiet in East Bay classical land this week, but San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House is pulsing with the voice of Susan Graham, whose lead role in Gluck's ever-compelling Iphigénie en Tauride assures her a place amongst the greats. Now at its peak, her gorgeous voice resounds with passion and pain. Ideally partnered by Bo Skovhus, Paul Groves, Mark S. Doss, and supremely attentive conductor Patrick Summers, Graham astounds in Tobias Hoheisel's riveting presentation. All three productions in San Francisco Opera's spring season are gems; if I had to miss one, it would not be Gluck's masterpiece. Friday, June 29. 8 p.m., $40-$245. 415-864-3330 or SFopera.com

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