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Oct. 20 2012

10/27/12 – The Barber of Seville – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini Libretto by Cesare Sterbini Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including one intermission   Opera’s notorious barber schemes to help the beautiful young Rosina escape the clutches of her elderly guardian and find true love. Rossini’s score is punctuated with brilliant ensembles and some […]

Oct. 13 2012

10/20/12 – Attila – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Attila by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Temistocle Solera Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes including one intermission The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. In the popular imagination, Attila the Hun was a ruthless barbarian. But […]

Oct. 07 2012

10/13/12 – Marriage of Figaro – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes including one intermission A carnally minded count, his neglected wife, their wily servants and a young page who falls in love with every woman he sees: Mozart’s greatest comedy contains a cornucopia of wonderfully flawed and human […]

Sep. 22 2012

09/29/12 – Xerxes – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Xerxes by George Frideric Handel Anonymous revision of Silvio Stampiglia’s libretto ‘Il Xerse,’ based on Nicolo Minato’s ‘Il Xerse’ Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 3 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions   Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest Handel productions of our time, this visually stunning Olivier Award–winning staging by famed […]

Sep. 15 2012

09/22/12 – Lucrezia Borgia – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Felice Romani Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes including two intermissions Renée Fleming, “America’s most-loved and most-lauded opera singer” (The Times,London), returns to San Francisco Opera in the title role of this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece. A femme fatale renowned for her […]

Sep. 08 2012

09/15/12 – Faust – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Faust by Charles François Gounod Libretto by Jules  Barbier and Michel Carré Approximate Running Time: 3 hour, 30 minutes with 2 intermissions In French Gounod’s Faust remains the most famous operatic treatment of Goethe’s play. Orchestral excerpts from the work include the ballet scene from the fifth act, the Nubian dances, Cleopatra variations, […]

Sep. 01 2012

09/08/12 – Heart of a Soldier – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Heart of a Soldier by Christopher Theofanidis Libretto by Donna Di Novelli Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 53 minutes including one intermission In English   To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks, San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier, which tells the dramatic story […]

Aug. 25 2012

09/01/12 – Carmen – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Carmen by Georges Bizet Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes including two intermissions In French Thrilling but dangerous, the captivating, capricious Carmen is one of the most vivid characters in all of opera, and two mezzo-sopranos will portray the bold femme fatale on the War Memorial […]

Aug. 18 2012

08/25/12 – Don Giovanni – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes including one intermission In Italian   Mozart’s bold, beguiling blend of comedy and drama tells the tale of a proud, predatory nobleman and the women who are drawn to him. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts a […]

Aug. 11 2012

08/18/12 – Turandot – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni Approximate Running Time: 3 hours including two intermissions In Italian This passionate tale of a princess whose cruelty masks her fear of love features some of the composer’s most glorious music, including the stirring anthem “Nessun dorma.” It will be performed by an […]

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