Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

Aug. 14 2016

09/17/16 – Magic Flute – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera The Magic Flute Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder Sung in English In a fantastical world of ferocious dragons and enchanted musical instruments, a noble prince sets out to rescue a beautiful princess and ensure the triumph of truth and justice. Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece returns in a sublime multimedia […]

Aug. 14 2016

09/10/16 – Die Meistersinger – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Music and Libretto by Richard Wagner Sung in German In his comic masterpiece, Wagner set aside gods and goddesses to tell a touchingly human story about the power of art. When an impetuous young singer arrives in a proud German city determined to dazzle the townsfolk and win the […]

Aug. 14 2016

09/03/16 – Lucia di Lammermoor – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera Lucia di Lammermoor Music by Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano Sung in Italian front page photo credit: Cory Weaver Pressured to marry the wrong man, a young woman suffers an emotional breakdown, culminating in the most astonishing mad scene in all of opera. Witness the arresting vocal and dramatic power of Nadine […]

Jul. 15 2016

08/27/16 – Luisa Miller – SAN FRANCISCO OPERA BEGINS!

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San Francisco Opera Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Felice Romani Sung in Italian front page photo credit: Cory Weaver A father’s betrayal. A daughter’s sacrifice. Longing only for love, a brave young woman sacrifices her own happiness in a desperate attempt to save her father’s life. Revered for its masterful depiction of intimate […]

Jul. 13 2016

08/20/16 – Falstaff – 1pm

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LA Opera On Air Falstaff BY GIUSEPPE VERDI Two hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission SUNG IN ITALIAN front-page photo credit: Robert Millard OVERVIEW In honor of Verdi’s 200th birthday, LA Opera presents a new production of the crowning glory of the composer’s magnificent career, his comic masterpiece Falstaff. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, […]

Jul. 13 2016

08/13/16 – Moby Dick – 1pm

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LA Opera On Air Moby Dick BY JAKE HEGGIE AND GENE SCHEER Three hours, including one intermission SUNG IN ENGLISH front-page photo credit: Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera OVERVIEW “Call it a success… A whale tale with staying power” – Los Angeles Times “Theatrically stunning… epic in scale. A vibrant, compelling piece of musical theater” – […]

Jul. 13 2016

08/06/16 – The Two Foscari – 1pm

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LA Opera On Air The Two Foscari BY GIUSEPPE VERDI Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Based on the historical play by Lord Byron SUNG IN ITALIAN front-page photo credit: OVERVIEW Plácido Domingo and James Conlon join forces in a new production of this Verdi masterpiece. The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal […]

Jul. 10 2016

07/30/16 – Norma – 1PM

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LA Opera On Air Norma BY VINCENZO BELLINI SUNG IN ITALIAN front-page photo credit: Ken Howard OVERVIEW “Stunning… An exceptionally strong cast” – Los Angeles Times “Angela Meade is astounding… a formidable achievement” –  The New Yorker “Angela Meade and Jamie Barton [in Norma]… are a duo that every opera lover should hear” – The New […]

Jul. 10 2016

07/23/16 – Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacchi @1pm- LA Opera On Air Begins!

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LA Opera On Air Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacchi BY GIACOMO PUCCINI/RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO SUNG IN ITALIAN frontpage photo credit: Craig T. Mathew OVERVIEW Two legendary directors combine forces for a sensational season-opener. First, Plácido Domingo stars as Gianni Schicchi in Woody Allen’s riotous staging of Puccini’s comic masterpiece, conducted by Grant Gershon. When greedy relatives descend upon their […]

Jun. 26 2016

07/16/16 – Rusalka – 1PM

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Lyric Opera of Chicago RUSALKA  (in Czech) COMPOSER: Antonin Dvorák Approx. Length:  3 hours 30 minutes You may know Dvořák’s rousing “New World Symphony”—but here he’s at his romantic best as dark swirling under-currents blend seamlessly with entrancing folk melodies. A witch grants a water nymph mortality so she can marry the prince she adores. But […]

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