Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

Nov. 15 2014

11/22/14 – Armida – 1:00pm

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Rossini Opera Festival OPERA: Armida COMPOSER: Rossini Dramma per musica by Giovanni Schmidt Critical Edition Fondazione Rossini/Casa Ricordi, edited by Charles S. Brauner and Patricia B. Brauner Conductor CARLO RIZZI Director LUCA RONCONI Co-director UGO TESSITORE Settings MARGHERITA PALLI Costumes GIOVANNA BUZZI Coreographer MICHELE ABBONDANZA Co-coreographer ANTONELLA BERTONI Lighting designer A.J. WEISSBARD Co-lighting designer PAMELA CANTATORE Interpreters […]

Nov. 14 2014

11/15/14 – Macbeth – 1:00pm

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra OPERA: Macbeth COMPOSER: Giuseppe Verdi LIBRETTO: Francesco Maria Piave The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is excited to share this performance of Verdi’s Macbeth, recorded in Chicago in 2013 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth. Music Director Riccardo Muti, one of the finest living Verdi interpreters, led the dynamic and moving concert […]

Nov. 01 2014

11/08/14 – Lucrezia Borgia – 1:00pm

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Caramoor Opera OPERA: Lucrezia Borgia COMPOSER: Donizetti Angela Meade, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Michele Angelini, tenor; Christophoros Stamboglis, bass; Bel Canto Young Artists; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Will Crutchfield, conductor and Director of Opera Set during the Renaissance in Venice and Ferrara, Victor Hugo’s play is full of sensuality and decadence – jealousy, espionage, betrayal and […]

Oct. 25 2014

11/01/14 – Show Boat – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera OPERA: Show Boat COMPOSER: Music by Jerome Kern · Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder […]

Oct. 18 2014

10/25/14 – Falstaff – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera OPERA: Falstaff (in Italian) MUSIC BY GIUSEPPE VERDI Libretto by Arrigo Boito PRODUCTION NEW TO SAN FRANCISCO OPERA Bryn Terfel, the “definitive” Falstaff of our day (Chicago Tribune), returns to San Francisco Opera in one of his truly legendary roles. Based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Verdi’s last opera […]

Oct. 11 2014

10/18/14 – La Traviata – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera OPERA: La Traviata (in Italian) COMPOSER: Giuseppe Verdi Violetta Valéry may be the most heart-wrenching character in all of opera: a high-spirited but deceptively delicate woman who unexpectedly finds, and then selflessly gives up, the love of her all-too-short life. Her story will be brought to the stage by two spectacular casts. One […]

Oct. 04 2014

10/11/14 – Die Frau Onhe Schatten – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera OPERA: Die Frau ohne Schatten (in German) COMPOSER: Richard Strauss CAST: The Empress’s Nurse Ruth Hesse Spirit Messenger James Johnson The Emperor Matti Kastu † The Empress Leonie Rysanek Voice of the Falcon Linda Roark One-Armed man Lorenzo Alvary One-Eyed man Joshua Hecht Hunchback John Duykers Barak’s wife Ursula Schröder-Feinen Barak Walter Berry […]

Sep. 27 2014

10/04/14 – The Barber of Seville – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera OPERA: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (in Italian) COMPOSER: Gioachino Rossini With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this eternally fresh comic masterpiece featuring Rossini’s wittiest, most charming score and two charismatic casts. One features Isabel Leonard, “a lively stage presence and a radiant […]

Sep. 13 2014

09/27/14 – Peter Grimes – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera OPERA: Peter Grimes (in English) COMPOSER: Benjamin Britten A special archive broadcast of the 1976 production of Peter Grimes, starring Jon Vickers on WFMT. Recorded Fall 1976, War Memorial Opera House. CAST: Hobson Paul Geiger Swallow Alexander Malta Peter Grimes Jon Vickers Mrs. Sedley Donna Petersen Ellen Orford Heather Harper A Fisherman John Del […]

Sep. 06 2014

09/13/14 – The Flying Dutchman – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera OPERA: Der Fliegende Holländer (in German) COMPOSER: Richard Wagner In Wagner’s first masterpiece, a ship’s captain is condemned to endlessly travel the seas in search of true love. The “masterful” Patrick Summers (Houston Chronicle) conducts a cast of outstanding Wagnerians led by Greer Grimsley, who thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences as “a thunderous […]

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