Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

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 […]

Aug. 30 2014

09/06/14 – Tosca – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera OPERA: Tosca (in Italian) COMPOSER: Giacomo Puccini CAST: Cesare Angelotti Christian Van Horn Sacristan Dale Travis Mario Cavaradossi Brian Jagde Floria Tosca Patricia Racette Baron Scarpia Mark Delavan Spoletta Joel Sorensen Sciarrone Ao Li Shepherd boy Ryan Nelson-Flack Jailer Ryan Kuster CONDUCTOR: Nicola Luisotti STAGE DIRECTOR: Jose Maria Condemi San Francisco Opera Orchestra […]

Aug. 23 2014

08/30/14 – Mefistofele – (SF Opera begins) 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera OPERA: Mefistofele (in Italian) COMPOSER: Arrigo Boito The season kicks off with Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust, a monumental work of “choral grandeur and melodic richness” (The New York Times) in one of the most impressive productions ever seen at the War Memorial Opera House. The cast includes Ramón Vargas, a tenor […]

Aug. 16 2014

08/23/14 – Thais – 1:00pm

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Los Angeles Opera OPERA: Thaïs COMPOSER: Jules Massenet Libretto by: Louis Gallet CAST: Thaïs Nino Machaidze Athanaël Plácido Domingo Nicias Paul Groves Palemon Valentin Anikin Albine Milena Kitic Crobyle Hae Ji Chang Myrtale Cassandra Zoé Velasco Servant Kihun Yoon CONDUCTOR: James Conlon CHORUS: LA Opera Chorus CHORUS MASTER: Grant Gershon Approx. Length: 2 hours 15 […]

Aug. 09 2014

08/16/14- Lucia di Lammermoor – 1:00pm

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Los Angeles Opera OPERA: Lucia di Lammermoor COMPOSER: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by: Salvadore Cammarano CAST: Lucia Albina Shagimuratova Edgardo Saimir Pirgu Enrico Stephen Powell Raimondo James Creswell Normanno Joshua Guerrero Alisa D’Ana Lombard Arturo Vladimir Dmitruk CONDUCTOR: James Conlon CHORUS: LA Opera Chorus CHORUS MASTER: Grant Gershon Approx. Length: 2 hours 30 minutes photo credit: […]

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