Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

Aug. 15 2015

10/31/15 – LA BOHÈME – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera LA BOHÈME by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa NEW PRODUCTION When an aspiring poet falls in love with a fragile seamstress, their intense passion is only matched by their youthful idealism. Can their tender relationship survive the cruelties of life? John Caird, the director of two of the biggest […]

Aug. 15 2015

10/24/15 – CINDERELLA – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera CINDERELLA BY GIOACHINO ROSSINI Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti Thanks to her open heart and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in Rossini’s sparkling version of the story. Karine Deshayes, lauded for her “emotional depth and vibrant, beautiful sound” (The New York Times), makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the beloved fairy […]

Aug. 15 2015

10/17/15 – PARTENOPE – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera PARTENOPE by George Frideric Handel Libretto by Anonymous COMPANY PREMIERE Disguises and cross-dressing reveal deep truths about the human heart in Handel’s brilliantly entertaining comedy about Queen Partenope of Naples and her three royal suitors, which features one of his greatest scores. In his Olivier Award-winning production, director Christopher Alden moves the action […]

Aug. 15 2015

10/10/15 – A MASKED BALL – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera A MASKED BALL by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Antonio Somma SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION A Swedish king laughs off a fortune-teller’s warning of a plot against his life. But when his closest aide discovers the monarch is having an affair with his wife, the threat of assassination becomes real. This tuneful Verdi masterpiece, […]

Aug. 15 2015

9/26/15 – SUSANNAH – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera SUSANNAH by Carlisle Floyd Libretto by Carlisle Floyd NEW PRODUCTION In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall? Carlisle Floyd’s […]

Aug. 15 2015

9/19/15 – NORMA – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera NORMA by Vincenzo Bellini Libretto by Felice Romani “Music director Nicola Luisotti led a taut and keen-edged performance by the Opera Orchestra.” –San Francisco Classical Voice NEW PRODUCTION Perhaps once a generation, a soprano comes along who can do full justice to one of opera’s most dazzling and demanding roles. Today, that singer […]

Aug. 15 2015

9/12/15 – MADAMA BUTTERFLY – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice returns in a bold and beautiful production by Jun Kaneko, designer of San Francisco Opera’s dazzling production of The Magic Flute (2012). Patricia Racette, “who can rightly stand among the great Butterflies of her […]

Aug. 15 2015

09/05/15 – San Francisco begins! – RIGOLETTO @1pm

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San Francisco Opera RIGOLETTO by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION (2012) One of opera’s most vivid and compelling characters, a vengeful court jester, desperately tries to protect his daughter from disaster in this heart-wrenching tragedy. The first of two world-class casts led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti stars Željko Lučić, […]

Jul. 19 2015

08/29/15 – Thais – 1PM

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LA Opera on air Thais by Jules Massenet Libretto by Louis Gallet Sung in French. Three hours, including two intermissions. The most beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, Thaïs holds an entire city in her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, the monk Athanaël, weeps for her sins, but his pilgrimage to save […]

Jul. 19 2015

08/22/15 – The Ghosts of Versailles – 1PM

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LA Opera on air The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano Libretto by William M. Hoffman Sung in English. Three hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.   Trapped in the spirit world, the ghost of Marie Antoinette bitterly reflects on her final suffering. Her favorite playwright tries to entertain the melancholy queen with the continuing adventures […]

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