San Francisco Opera 2014-15 Season Half Series Brochure
WELCOME A SPECIAL INVITATION TO JOIN US 2014–15 Season W HEN YOU SUB SCR I B E COMMUNITY “I feel like I’m a part of a wonderful family.” –YVONNE N. Subscriber since 2003 YO U B E C O M E PA R T O F A 2014–15 Season NORMA · SUS ANNAH · A MASKED BALL WORLD PREMIERE LA BOHÈME · THE TROJANS · TWO WOMEN W E W A N T T O H E L P Y O U get more from your opera experience—and a Half Series gets you there. We truly believe that the best way to enjoy opera is by subscribing, and a Half Series can make that possible for you. It’s not only about reserving some of the best seats and guaranteeing great discounts; it’s also about being part of a community that gets excited about opera. It’s a community that revels in these performances as something very special—soaring music, passionate voices and spectacular productions. Arrive early for a bite to eat or a glass of champagne; enjoy the free pre-performance Opera Talk or find a spot in the lobby to people-watch. You’re in the company of others who love great art—when the chimes sound, take your seat and be amazed! AFFORDABLE Savings up to 30% over regular ticket prices. Ask about our extended payment plan! FLEXIBLE Customize your Half Series with early ticket exchanges at the time of purchase. DROP ONE For even greater flexibility, drop one opera from your Half Series at the time of purchase. · PARTENOPE · TOSCA · CINDERELLA (L A CIOCIARA) · THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO 2 sfopera.com/norma S O NDR A R A DVA NO V S K Y “PONSELLE, MILANOV, CALLAS, SUTHERLAND… after last night RADVANOVSKY can add her name to the list.” – THE HUFFINGTON POST 3 NORMA VINCENZO BELLINI S E P 5 , 1 0 , 1 4 m , 1 9 , 2 3 , 2 7, 3 0 PER H A P S O N C E A GEN ER AT I O N, a soprano comes along who can do full justice to one of opera’s most dazzling and demanding roles. Today, that singer is Sondra Radvanovsky, who “earned a thunderous ovation…her top notes ringing and powerful, her middle range velvety, her coloratura nimble and phrasing elegant” (The New York Times ), when she debuted as Norma at the Metropolitan Opera this past fall. In Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece, a Druid high priestess betrays her people by falling in love with an occupying Roman soldier. When the soldier abandons her for another, her volatile mix of anger and guilt threatens the lives of the innocent and guilty alike. Kevin Newbury, praised by Opera News for his thoughtfulness and eye for detail, stages this exciting new production. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts. CAST Norma: Sondra Radvanovsky Adalgisa: Daveda Karanas Pollione: Marco Berti Oroveso: Christian Van Horn *San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 2 hours, 50 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Canadian Opera Company, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Lyric Opera of Chicago Sung in Italian with English supertitles PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Kevin Newbury Set Designer: David Korins Costume Designer: Jessica Jahn* Lighting Designer: D. M. Wood* Chorus Director: Ian Robertson Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey, Thomas F. and Barbara A. Wolfe, Koret Foundation and Tad and Dianne Taube. Major support for this production also provided by the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund established by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Ms. Radvanovsky’s and Mr. Berti’s appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. 4 sfopera.com/susannah SUSANNAH C ARLISLE FLOY D S E P 6 , 9, 12 , 16 , 2 1m 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 all-American score, which beautifully evokes the work’s rural Appalachian setting, “is unabashedly neo-Romantic” (The New York Times). The radiant Patricia Racette sings the title role, with Brandon Jovanovich as her brother and Raymond Aceto as the hell-raising itinerant preacher. Conductor Karen Kamensek makes her San Francisco Opera debut in this eagerly awaited company premiere directed by Michael Cavanagh (Nixon in China, 2012). CAST Susannah Polk: Patricia Racette Sam Polk: Brandon Jovanovich Reverend Olin Blitch: Raymond Aceto Little Bat McLean: James Kryshak* *San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 2 hours including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Costumes part of a co-production of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera Sung in English with English supertitles PRODUCTION Conductor: Karen Kamensek* Director: Michael Cavanagh Set Designer: Erhard Rom Costume Designer: Michael Yeargan Lighting Designer: Gary Marder Chorus Director: Ian Robertson This production is made possible, in part, by Leslie and George Hume and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ms. Racette’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. sfopera.com/maskedball 5 A MASKED BALL GIUSEPPE VERDI O C T 4 , 7 ˚, 1 0 , 1 3 , 1 6 , 1 9 m , 2 2˚ † laughs off a fortune teller’s warning of a plot A SWEDISH KING against his life. But when his closest aide discovers the monarch is having an affair with his wife, the threat of assassination becomes real. Nicola Luisotti conducts this tuneful Verdi masterpiece, “one of the composer’s most hot-blooded and vividly crafted tales” (San Francisco Chronicle ), with an outstanding cast led by the splendidly lyrical Ramón Vargas (Mephistopheles, 2013) and the riveting Dolora Zajick ( Aida, 2010). Amelia, the troubled king’s beloved, is portrayed by the ravishing Krassimira Stoyanova and the passionate Julianna Di Giacomo, with Thomas Hampson (Heart of a Soldier, 2011) and Brian Mulligan (Nixon in China, 2012) sharing the role of Amelia’s furious husband. CAST Amelia: Krassimira Stoyanova* / Julianna Di Giacomo* † Oscar: Heidi Stober Gustavus III: Ramón Vargas Count Anckarström: Thomas Hampson / Brian Mulligan° Madame Arvidson: Dolora Zajick Count Ribbing: Scott Conner* Count Horn: Christian Van Horn PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Jose Maria Condemi Costume Designer: John Conklin Lighting Designer: Gary Marder Chorus Director: Ian Robertson *San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 3 hours including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund and the Thomas Tilton Production Fund. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Ms. Stoyanova’s, Mr. Vargas’, Mr. Hampson’s and Ms. Zajick’s appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. 6 sfopera.com/partenope PARTENOPE GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL O C T 15, 18 , 2 1, 24 , 3 0 • N OV 2 m 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, featuring one of his greatest scores. In this Olivier Award-winning production, director Christopher Alden moves the action to 1920s Paris, and the results are never less than riveting. Baroque music specialist Christian Curnyn leads a superb cast featuring Danielle de Niese, “a voice seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals” (The New York Times), the sensational David Daniels ( Xerxes, 2011) and the elegant Daniela Mack (The Barber of Seville, 2013). CAST Partenope: Danielle de Niese Rosmira: Daniela Mack Arsace: David Daniels Emilio: Alek Shrader Armindo: Anthony Roth Costanzo* Ormonte: Philippe Sly PRODUCTION Conductor: Christian Curnyn* Director: Christopher Alden Set Designer: Andrew Lieberman* Costume Designer: Jon Morrell* Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman *San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 3 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions Production originally created by English National Opera and Opera Australia Sung in Italian with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund. Ms. de Niese’s and Mr. Daniels’ appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. sfopera.com/tosca 7 TOSCA GIACOMO PUCCINI O C T 2 3 , 2 6 m • N OV 1, 4 , 8 I N H E R T H R I L L I N G D E B U T at London’s Royal Opera House, Lianna Haroutounian “seemed to pull forth ever-increasing vocal powers until you thought her heart, or yours, would burst” (The Observer, London). Puccini’s sexually explosive thriller depicts a corrupt police chief who sets his sights on a glamorous singer as he plots to destroy her lover, a politically rebellious painter. Conductor Riccardo Frizza leads an outstanding cast, including the brilliant Brian Jagde and Mark Delavan, whose portrayal of the evil Scarpia is “a convincingly staged crescendo of terror” (Opera News). BACK BY POPUL AR DEMAND! San Francisco Opera’s classic production of Tosca —five performances only! Included only in Half Series F, K, T and W. CAST Floria Tosca: Lianna Haroutounian* Mario Cavaradossi: Brian Jagde Baron Scarpia: Mark Delavan *San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 2 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles PRODUCTION Conductor: Riccardo Frizza Director: Jose Maria Condemi Production Designer: Thierry Bosquet Lighting Designer: Gary Marder Chorus Director: Ian Robertson This production is made possible, in part, by the Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund. 8 sfopera.com/cinderella CINDERELL A GIOACHINO ROSSINI N O V 9 m , 13 , 16 m , 18 , 2 1, 2 6 THANKS TO HER OPEN HEART and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in Rossini’s sparkling version of the classic fairy tale. 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 tale about a gentle but courageous servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince. In San Francisco Opera’s charming and heartwarming production, esteemed Spanish conductor Jesús López-Cobos leads a superb cast. The elegant and exciting René Barbera debuts as the prince, the warm-voiced Italian baritone Fabio Capitanucci returns as the prince’s valet and Spanish baritone Carlos Chausson debuts in the colorful role of Cinderella’s manipulative stepfather. CAST Angelina (Cinderella): Karine Deshayes* Don Ramiro: René Barbera* Dandini: Fabio Capitanucci Don Magnifico: Carlos Chausson* Alidoro: Christian Van Horn Exploration Workshops for Families will be presented by the San Francisco Opera Education Department prior to select performances. Sign up for E-Opera (monthly e-newsletter) at sfopera.com/eopera to receive notification of schedule and pricing. PRODUCTION Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos Director: Gregory Fortner* Production: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Lighting Designer: Gary Marder Chorus Director: Ian Robertson *San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 2 hours, 50 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles sfopera.com/boheme 9 LA GIACOMO PUCCINI BOHÈME falls in love with a fragile seamstress, NOV 14, 15 †, 19, 20 †, 22, 23m †, 25, 29, 30m † • DEC 2, 3 †, 5, 7m † WHEN AN ASPIRING POET their intense passion is matched only by their youthful idealism. John Caird, the director of one of the biggest stage hits in recent years, Les Misérables, brings his unique touch to this new production of Puccini’s beloved opera. Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi leads two superb casts. One is headed by the “silvery voiced soprano” Sonya Yoncheva (The New York Times ), the intensely expressive Michael Fabiano and the delightful Nadine Sierra. The other features Leah Crocetto, “a major operatic star” (San Francisco Chronicle), the mesmerizing Giorgio Berrugi and the beguiling Ellie Dehn. L A BOHÈME FOR FA MILIES, CAST Mimì: Sonya Yoncheva / Leah Crocetto † Musetta: Nadine Sierra / Ellie Dehn † Rodolfo: Michael Fabiano / Giorgio Berrugi * † Marcello: Alexey Markov* / Brian Mulligan † Schaunard: Philippe Sly Colline: Christian Van Horn Nov 22m, 29m, see page 14 for details. PRODUCTION Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi Director: John Caird* Production Designer: David Farley* Lighting Designer: Michael James Clark Chorus Director: Ian Robertson *San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 2 hours, 20 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Canadian Opera Company Sung in Italian with English supertitles Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by the Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund and San Francisco Opera Guild. 10 THE FALL OF TROY THE TROJAN HEC TOR BERLIOZ S U M M E R 2 0 1 5 : J U N 7 m , 1 2 †, 1 6 , 2 0 †, 2 5 • J U L 1 † O N E O F T H E L A R G E S T, most magnificent pieces in the entire repertory, this rarely staged epic is presented here for the first time in 47 years, the way it was originally meant to be seen—both operas in one spectacular evening! The tragic fall of Troy, the passionate love of two great leaders, the urgent pull of destiny: all unfold as part of Berlioz’s visionary masterpiece —French grand opera’s answer to Wagner’s Ring. Former Music Director Donald Runnicles, who masterfully conducted the Ring cycle in 2011, returns to lead this intensely lyrical, colorfully orchestrated, viscerally exciting score. David McVicar’s visually striking new production, “a major event” (The Guardian, London), moves the action to the mid-19th century. The worldclass cast stars—as the ill-fated lovers Dido and Aeneas—the “vocally sumptuous and alluring” Susan Graham and Bryan Hymel, who gives “an impassioned and confident performance of a heroic role” (The New York Times ). Anna Caterina Antonacci and Daveda Karanas share the dramatic role of the prophetess Cassandra. sfopera.com/trojans 11 THE TROJANS AT C AR THAGE NS T WO OPER AS IN ONE GRE AT E V ENT CAST Cassandra: Anna Caterina Antonacci / Daveda Karanas † Dido: Susan Graham Aeneas: Bryan Hymel* Anna: Sasha Cooke Narbal: Christian Van Horn Chorebus: Brian Mulligan *San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 5 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions Please note early curtains: 6pm eve and 1pm mat. Co-production with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala, Milan and Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna Sung in French with English supertitles PRODUCTION Conductor: Donald Runnicles Production: David McVicar Set Designer: Es Devlin* Costume Designer: Moritz Junge* Lighting Designer: Wolfgang Göbbel Chorus Director: Ian Robertson Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by The Goatie Foundation, the Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund, Koret Foundation and Tad and Dianne Taube. Additional support is provided by the Columbia Foundation and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Graham’s and Ms. Antonacci’s appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. 12 sfopera.com/twowomen T WO WOMEN (L A CIOCIAR A ) Music by Libretto MARCO TUTINO by M A R C O T U T I N O and FA B I O C E R E S A Adapted from a script by L U C A R O S S I Ba s e d on t he nove l La Cioc ia ra by ALBER TO MOR AV IA By a r r a ng e m e nt w it h S TUDIO LEGALE C AU MOR ANDI MINUTILLO TUR TUR C o m m i s s io ne d by SAN FR ANCISCO OPER A S U M M E R 2 0 15 : J U N 13 , 19, 2 3 , 2 8 m , 3 0 T H E C R U ELT Y O F WA R , the loss of innocence and the intense love of a mother for her daughter make for moving drama in this world premiere—based on a novel that was adapted into a classic movie starring Sophia Loren. As the Allies invade Italy toward the end of World War II, a strong-willed widow and her 16-year-old daughter flee Rome for the nearby mountains in a vain attempt to find safety. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the lushly expressive score by Italian composer Marco Tutino, whose work is “a joyful discovery” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Francesca Zambello directs the outstanding cast led by the “extraordinary” Anna Caterina Antonacci, known for “her intelligent and charismatic artistry” (The New York Times). CAST Cesira: Anna Caterina Antonacci Rosetta: Sarah Shafer Michele: Stephen Costello Giovanni: Mark Delavan Approx. 3 hours including one intermission Co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino Sung in Italian with English supertitles PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Francesca Zambello Set Designer: Peter Davison Costume Designer: Jess Goldstein Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough Projection Designer: S. Katy Tucker Chorus Director: Ian Robertson Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support the commission of Two Women. The world premiere is made possible, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Ms. Antonacci’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. sfopera.com/figaro 13 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZ ART SUMMER 2015: JUN 14m, 18, 21m, 24, 27, 29 † • JUL 3 †, 5m† M OZ A R T ’ S WA R M E S T, W I S E S T O P E R A is one of the composer’s most graceful creations—a tender comedy in which a countess and her servant join forces to punish her aristocrat husband for his philandering. In the process, two very different couples learn humbling lessons about life and love. The cast is led by Philippe Sly as Figaro, a “gifted and accomplished” singer who has “the ability to combine virility and tenderness in a single phrase” (San Francisco Chronicle ); Luca Pisaroni as the lecherous Count; the charismatic Nadine Sierra as his Countess and Lisette Oropesa as Figaro’s saucy love Susanna. Patrick Summers, whose Figaro was celebrated for its “dramatic pace, musical discernment and unfailing good taste” (Sydney Morning Herald ), conducts. CAST Figaro: Philippe Sly Susanna: Lisette Oropesa Countess Almaviva: Nadine Sierra Cherubino: Kate Lindsey / Angela Brower † Count Almaviva: Luca Pisaroni Don Bartolo: John Del Carlo Marcellina: Catherine Cook Don Basilio: Greg Fedderly PRODUCTION Conductor: Patrick Summers Director: Robin Guarino * Lighting Designer: Gary Marder Chorus Director: Ian Robertson *San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 3 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles 14 L A BOHÈME F O R FA M I L I E S N OV 2 2 , 12 p m; N OV 2 9, 1p m The perfect opera for families and new operagoers of all ages, La Bohème for Families is a specially priced matinee of this exciting production sung in Italian with English supertitles. Recommended for age 7 and older. ADULT Box Orchestra or Grand Tier Premium Orchestra or Grand Tier Dress Circle Balcony $100 $70 $50 $40 $30 CHILD** $50 $35 $25 $20 $15 ** 18 and under Exploration Workshops for Families will be presented by the San Francisco Opera Education Department prior to each performance. Sign up for E-Opera (monthly e-newsletter) at sfopera.com/eopera to receive notification of schedule and pricing. FREE OUT DOOR E V ENT S OPERA AT THE BALLPARK Free live simulcast at AT&T Park La Traviata Saturday, July 5, 2014, 8pm sfopera.com/simulcast MEROLA’S SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT Yerba Buena Gardens Saturday, July 19, 2014, 2pm merolaopera.com SAN FRANCISCO OPERA IN THE PARK Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1:30pm sfopera.com/park 15 YOUR PLACE IS WITH US J O I N A C O M M U N I T Y where quality is valued, tradition is honored and new work is celebrated. GREAT SAVINGS Subscribers save up to 30% off single ticket prices. Save even more with exclusive weekday series discounts in Dress Circle 2, Orchestra Premium 2 and Grand Tier Premium 2 sections. For best savings, try a Friday night series! NEW THIS SEASON! Half Series subscribers will receive one complimentary seating upgrade. Details will be mailed July 2014. CUSTOMIZE YOUR SERIES Half Series subscribers can exchange operas or performance dates to fit preference and schedule, right at the time of the initial order. PAY IN INSTALLMENTS Order early—call our Box Office to arrange easy and affordable installments. DROP ONE OPERA For ultimate flexibility, drop one opera from your Half Series at the time of the initial order! You choose the opera and we adjust the price. See inside back cover for conditions and ordering procedures. NO-FEE EXCHANGES No-fee advance exchanges for Half Series subscribers and just $10 per ticket for day-of exchanges. 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H SERIES Fridays Susannah BEST PRICES: SAVINGS UP TO 63% 5 Friday Evenings Masked Ball F Oct 10 7:30pm Bohème F Nov 14 7:30pm Trojans F Jun 12 6pm Figaro F Jul 3 7:30pm F Sep 12 7:30pm I SERIES Fridays Norma BEST AVAILABILIT Y AND SAVINGS UP TO 63% 5 Friday Evenings Partenope F Oct 24 7:30pm Cinderella F Nov 21 7:30pm Bohème F Dec 5 7:30pm Two Women F Jun 19 7:30pm F Sep 19 7:30pm K SERIES Saturdays Susannah S Sep 6 7:30pm 5 Saturday Evenings Masked Ball S Oct 4 7:30pm Tosca S Nov 1 7:30pm Bohème S Nov 22 7:30pm Trojans S Jun 20 6pm L SERIES Saturdays Norma S Sep 27 7:30pm BEST SEATING AVAILABILIT Y 5 Saturday Evenings Partenope S Oct 18 7:30pm Bohème S Nov 15 7:30pm Two Women S Jun 13 7:30pm Figaro S Jun 27 7:30pm N SERIES Sunday Matinees Susannah Su Sep 21 2pm ALL OPERAVISION SERIES 5 Sunday Matinees Masked Ball Su Oct 19 2pm Cinderella Su Nov 9 2pm Bohème Su Dec 7 2pm Trojans Su Jun 7 1pm O SERIES Sunday Matinees Norma Su Sep 14 2pm ALL OPERAVISION SERIES 5 Sunday Matinees Partenope Su Nov 2 2pm Bohème Su Nov 23 2pm Figaro Su Jun 14 2pm Two Women Su Jun 28 2pm W SERIES Sunday Matinees Tosca Su Oct 26 2pm BEST SEATING AVAILABILIT Y 4 Sunday Matinees Cinderella Su Nov 16 2pm Bohème Su Nov 30 2pm Figaro Su Jun 21 2pm 17 WEEKDAY SERIES B SERIES Tuesdays Masked Ball T Oct 7 7:30pm BEST SEATING AVAILABILIT Y 4 Tuesday Evenings Cinderella T Nov 18 7:30pm Bohème T Dec 2 7:30pm Two Women T Jun 23 7:30pm C SERIES Weekdays Susannah T Sep 16 7:30pm 1 Mon Eve • 4 Tue Eves Partenope T Oct 21 7:30pm Bohème T Nov 25 7:30pm Trojans T Jun 16 6pm Figaro M Jun 29 7:30pm E SERIES Weekdays Susannah T Sep 9 7:30pm 1 Tue Eve • 3 Wed Eves • 1 Thu Eve Partenope W Oct 15 7:30pm Masked Ball W Oct 22 7:30pm Bohème Th Nov 20 7:30pm Trojans W Jul 1 6pm F SERIES Weekdays Norma T Sep 23 7:30pm BEST SEATING AVAILABILIT Y 1 Tue Eve • 1 Wed Eve • 2 Thu Eves Tosca Th Oct 23 7:30pm Cinderella Th Nov 13 7:30pm Figaro W Jun 24 7:30pm S SERIES Weekdays Norma W Sep 10 7:30pm ALL OPERAVISION SERIES 2 Wed Eves, 3 Thu Eves Partenope Th Oct 30 7:30pm Bohème W Nov 19 7:30pm Figaro Th Jun 18 7:30pm Trojans Th Jun 25 6pm T SERIES Weekdays Masked Ball ALL OPERAVISION SERIES AND BEST SEATING AVAILABILIT Y 2 Tue Eves • 1 Wed Eve • 1 Thu Eve Tosca T Nov 4 7:30pm Cinderella W Nov 26 7:30pm Two Women T Jun 30 7:30pm Th Oct 16 7:30pm X SERIES Mixed Days Norma T Sep 30 7:30pm BEST SEATING AVAILABILIT Y 1 Mon Eve • 1 Tue Eve • 1 Wed Eve • 1 Sun Mat Masked Ball M Oct 13 7:30pm Bohème W Dec 3 7:30pm Figaro Su Jul 5 2pm R BW SERIES Weekdays ALL OPERAVISION SERIES 2 Wed Eves, 3 Thu Eves See S Series dates above The Rainbow Series provides patrons in the LGBT community with an opportunity to see world-class opera and meet new opera-loving friends at the same time. 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Please provide alternate choice when ordering. † H $1,626 $1,250 $763 $763 $444 $545 $444 $444 $270 $140 You Save $334 $318 $805 $440 $234 $228 $329 $207 $253 $241 $55 You Save $64 $48 $416 $144 $80 $100 $80 $80 $84 $40 $20 I $1,535 $1,180 $720 $720 $420 $515 $420 $420 $260 $137 $106† Balcony Circle (BC) Balcony Front (BLF) Balcony Rear (BLR) Balcony Side (BLS) † $110 † HALF SERIES WEEKDAY Box Seats (BOX) Orchestra Premium (ORP) or Grand Tier Premium (GTP) Orchestra Premium 2 (ORP2) or Grand Tier Premium 2 (GTP2) Orchestra (ORC) or Grand Tier (GT) Orchestra Ring (ORR) Dress Circle (DC) Dress Circle 2 (DC2) Balcony Circle (BC) Balcony Front (BLF) Balcony Rear (BLR) Balcony Side (BLS) † B $1,228† $944 $576 $576 $336 $412 $336 $336 $196 $100 $80 † C $1,626† $1,250 $763 $763 $444 $545 $444 $444 $260 $132 $106† SUBSCRIBERS HAVE PRIORIT Y ACCESS Purchase additional tickets months before they go on sale to the general public, including tickets for La Bohème for Families. Plus, purchase tickets to performances not included in your subscription series, or treat friends and family to any of the season’s operas at discounted subscriber-only prices. As an added benefit, subscribers may exchange additional (add-on) tickets using subscriber exchange privileges. Visit sfopera.com for add-on ticket pricing. 19 FALL 2014 AND SUMMER 2015 (415) 864-3330 · sfopera.com You Save $315 $300 $760 $415 $220 $215 $310 $195 $241 $228 $53 You Save $85 $64 $551 $190 $107 $133 $107 $107 $111 $53 $26 K $1,864 $1,489 $1,489 $964 $545 $620 $524 $524 $370 $268 $131 † You Save $96 $79 $79 $239 $133 $153 $249 $127 $153 $113 $34 You Save $85 $64 $551 $190 $107 $133 $107 $107 $115 $55 $28 L $1,760 $1,405 $1,405 $910 $515 $585 $495 $495 $340 $245 $120 † You Save $90 $75 $75 $225 $125 $145 $235 $120 $140 $105 $30 You Save $64 $48 $416 $144 $80 $100 $80 $80 $86 $41 $21 N $1,864 $1,489 $1,489 $964 $545 $620 $524 $524 $385 $280 N/A You Save $96 $79 $79 $239 $133 $153 $249 $127 $159 $116 N/A You Save $85 $64 $551 $190 $107 $133 $107 $107 $121 $58 $31 O $1,760 $1,405 $1,405 $910 $515 $585 $495 $495 $365 $265 N/A You Save $90 $75 $75 $225 $125 $145 $235 $120 $150 $110 N/A You Save $64 $48 $416 $144 $80 $100 $80 $80 $92 $44 $24 W $1,408 $1,124 $1,124 $728 $412 $468 $396 $396 $282 $204 $100 † You Save $72 $60 $60 $180 $100 $116 $188 $96 $116 $86 $26 You Save $66 $51 $327 $153 $85 $104 $107 $84 $95 $53 $23 E $1,626 $1,250 $763 $763 $444 $545 $444 $444 $270 $140 $110 † F $1,228 $944 $576 $576 $336 $412 $336 $336 $201 $104 $82 † S & RBW $1,626 $1,250 $763 $763 $444 $545 $444 $444 $285 $152 $116 † T $1,228 $944 $576 $576 $336 $412 $336 $336 $216 $116 $88 † X $1,273 $989 $713 $614 $355 $426 $351 $351 $225 $132 $88 † 20 2014–15 CALENDAR SEP 2014 SU N MON 1 7 Opera in the Park 1:30pm TUE 2 WED 3 THU 4 FR I 5 A SAT Norma 6 Susannah 7:30pm 8pm J, K 8 9 D, E Susannah 7:30pm 10 R, S, RBW Norma 7:30pm 11 12 G, H Susannah 7:30pm 13 14 M, O Norma 2pm 15 16 A, C Susannah 7:30pm 17 18 19 G, I Norma 7:30pm 20 21 M, N Susannah 2pm 22 23 D, F Norma 7:30pm 24 EREV ROSH HASHANAH 25 ROSH HASHANAH 26 27 J, L Norma 7:30pm 28 29 30 X Norma 7:30pm OCT 2014 SU N MON 5 6 12 13 Masked Ball X TUE WED 1 THU 2 FR I 3 EREV YOM KIPPUR SAT 4 Masked Ball J, K 7:30pm YOM KIPPUR 7 Masked Ball A, B 7:30pm 8 9 10 Masked Ball G, H 7:30pm 11 14 15 D, E Partenope 7:30pm 16 Masked Ball R, T 7:30pm 17 18 J, L Partenope 7:30pm 7:30pm 19 Masked Ball M, N 2pm 20 21 A, C Partenope 7:30pm 22 Masked Ball D, E 7:30pm 23 F Tosca 24 Partenope 7:30pm 25 7:30pm G, I 26 W Tosca 2pm 27 28 29 30 R, S, RBW Partenope 7:30pm 31 HD video projection screens are featured on the balcony level for this performance. Visit sfopera.com/operavision. All evenings at 7:30pm, all matinees at 2pm, except where noted. For the most up-to-date calendar of events, visit sfopera.com/calendar. Highlighted boxes denote opening performances. Letters denote subscription series (A, B, C, D, E, F…). Photos by: cover/Opéra national de Paris production of La Cenerentola/2011©Christian Leiber, San Francisco Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro/Cory Weaver, Partenope/©ENO/Catherine Ashmore, San Francisco Opera production of A Masked Ball/Terrence McCarthy; inside spread/ San Francisco Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro/Cory Weaver; p. 2/Sondra Radvanovsky/Metropolitan Opera production of Norma/Marty Sohl; p. 4/Susannah production set image/Erhard Rom; p. 5/San Francisco Opera production of A Masked Ball/Terrence McCarthy; p. 6/Partenope/ ©ENO/Catherine Ashmore; p. 7/San Francisco Opera production of Tosca/Cory Weaver; p. 8/Opéra national de Paris production of La Cenerentola/ 2011©Christian Leiber; pp. 9 and 14/Canadian Opera Company production of La Bohème/Michael Cooper/Michael Cooper Photographic; NORMA CINDERELLA TOSCA NOV–DEC 2014 SU N MON TUE WED THU FR I SAT 1 K Tosca 7:30pm 2 M, O Partenope 2pm 3 T 4 Tosca 7:30pm 5 6 7 8 Tosca 7:30pm 9 M, N Cinderella 2pm 10 11 12 13 D, F Cinderella 7:30pm 14 G, H Bohème 15 Bohème 7:30pm 7:30pm J, L 16 W Cinderella 17 18 A, B Cinderella 7:30pm 19 R, S, RBW Bohème 7:30pm 20 D, E Bohème 7:30pm 21 G, I Cinderella 7:30pm 22 K Bohème 7:30pm 2pm Bohème/Fam 12pm 23 M, O Bohème 2pm 24 25 A, C Bohème 7:30pm 26 R, T Cinderella 7:30pm 27 THANKSGIVING 28 29 Bohème 7:30pm Bohème/Fam 1pm 30 W Bohème 2pm 1 B 2 Bohème 7:30pm X 3 Bohème 7:30pm 4 I 5 Bohème 7:30pm 6 Adler Gala Concert 7:30pm 7 N Bohème 2pm JUN–JUL 2015 SU N 7 M, N MON Trojans 1pm TUE 9 WED 10 THU 11 FR I 12 G, H SAT Trojans 13 Two Women 7:30pm 6pm J, L 8 14 M, O Figaro 2pm 15 16 A, C Trojans 6pm 17 18 R, S, RBW Figaro 7:30pm 19 Two Women 20 G, I 7:30pm J, K Trojans 6pm 21 W Figaro FATHER’S DAY 22 23 Two Women 24 A, B 7:30pm D, F Figaro 7:30pm 25 R, S, RBW Trojans 6pm 26 27 J, L Figaro 7:30pm 2pm 28 Two Women 29 M, O 2pm PRIDE Figaro 7:30pm 30 Two Women R, T 7:30pm 1 D, E Trojans 6pm 2 3 G, H Figaro 7:30pm 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY A, C 5 X Figaro 2pm pp. 10–11/Les Troyens/Bill Cooper/Royal Opera House/ArenaPAL; p. 12/Anna Caterina Antonacci/Cory Weaver; p. 13/San Francisco Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro/Cory Weaver; p. 14/San Francisco Opera Simulcast at AT&T Ballpark/Edgar Lee; p. 19/War Memorial Opera House interior/David Wakely; mailing panel/Nicola Luisotti/Cory Weaver. The costumes in Susannah are made possible by a generous gift from Abbott Laboratories to the Lyric Opera of Chicago and from Philip Morris Companies, Inc. to Houston Grand Opera as sponsor to its Opera New World program. Design: Mission Minded · www.Mission-Minded.com GET CLOSER TO OPERA SFO PE R A .CO M Read program notes and plot synopses, listen to audio clips and watch current production videos available prior to each opera’s opening night. CO N N EC T W I T H US sfopera.com/blog PR E - O PE R A TA LK S Before every performance, charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the story, characters and music, with insights on the composer and historical background. Talks begin 55 minutes prior to curtain (except Opening Night, Sep 5, 2014). Visit sfopera.com/operatalks. Photo: Cory Weaver I NSI G H T PA N E L S & O PE R A PR E V I E WS Learn about the season’s operas by attending informal Insight Panels featuring artists and personalities from the opera world, or by attending Guild Opera Previews that welcome musicologists and other experts for in-depth looks at upcoming operas. Visit sfopera.com/ insights or sfopera.com/previews. O PE R AV ISI O N I N T H E BA LCO N Y Select performances feature high-definition video projection screens on the Balcony level, bringing audiences closer to the action on stage (look for the symbol). Subtitles are shown at the bottom of each screen. Visit sfopera.com/operavision. Series pricing with OperaVision performances include a discounted per-ticket surcharge (BLS $2, BLR $4 and BLF $5) to offset the cost of this service. OperaVision is made possible by the Koret-Taube Media Suite. J O I N B R AVO! C LU B Join BRAVO! CLUB and meet other opera-loving, young professionals ages 21–40. Members enjoy educational and social events and ticket discounts throughout the year. Visit sfopera.com/bravo. OTHER WAYS TO SAVE FULL SERIES 8 or 9 operas with discounts up to 30% and no-fee exchanges Enjoy a full season of opera! Keep the same seats for each performance, and enjoy the benefit of keeping your same seats from year to year. STUDENT AND TEACHER SERIES OUT OF TOWN SERIES 2 or 3 operas Designed to accommodate travelers—see two or three operas in two or three days! Enjoy seats in the same section for each performance, discounted up to 10% off single ticket prices. With discounts up to 50% For full-time students and teachers, select Half and Full Series and new Semester Series are discounted up to 50% off single ticket prices! Visit sfopera.com/edu. (415) 864-3330 · sfopera.com HOW TO ORDER 1. FIND your series and seating section Choose from Series and Prices on pages 16–19. PHONE (415) 864-3330 BOX OFFICE HOURS Mon 10am–5pm Tue–Fri 10am–6pm Sat 10am–6pm (Saturday phones only, except during performance season) 2. LET US help you find the package that works best for you! CUSTOMIZE YOUR ORDER with early exchanges or the drop-one-opera option by calling or visiting the Box Office to order. Only available at the time of order; not available by mail, fax or online. ARRANGE A PAYMENT PLAN when you call or visit the Box Office to place your order. ADD TICKETS to other performances not in your subscription when you order. MAIL or IN PERSON San Francisco Opera War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102-4509 ONLINE sfopera.com/subscribe SUGGESTIONS AND NOTES ABOUT YOUR ORDER • Select a second choice for your seating section, in case your first choice is not available. • Performances dropped or exchanged at the time of order will be permanently released from your series for this season; please provide alternate choices. Early exchanges are sold unseated and seats are not likely to be the same as the original subscription seats. • Checks will be deposited immediately and credit cards will be charged for the full value of your first choice or the full value of your first payment if you have chosen a payment plan. This is not a guarantee of seating. If your final seat assignment is your alternate choice, we will automatically refund or charge the difference due, as appropriate. • Please note that we will do our best to accommodate seating requests; however, we cannot guarantee the availability of seating in any section or price level. If we cannot seat you in any of your choices, we will contact you to discuss an alternate section, seat, package or a full refund. If you do not receive an acknowledgment of your order by email or mail within 14 days, please call us at (415) 864-3330 (Mon 10am–5pm, Tue–Sat 10am–6pm). Design Your Own Series will be available May 2014. Cast, programs, prices and schedules are subject to change. All orders are final. No refunds or returns. A $1 per ticket facility fee is included in Balcony Front, Rear and Side section prices; all other sections include a $2 per ticket facility fee. An $11 handing fee is charged per order. 3. PLEASE consider making a contribution Engage with this amazing art form on a deeper level. Your investment helps us deliver world-class performances, train the stars of tomorrow, bring opera education to local schools and present free community events. 4. ENJOY the season! New subscriptions, early exchanges and add-on tickets are sold unseated. Seating priority is based upon subscription and contribution history, with greater consideration given to contributions. For information, please call (415) 551-6320. If you have specific seating requests, including accessibility needs, please contact the Box Office. Sennheiser amplification devices for hearing-impaired patrons are available at all performances. Headsets are available at the North Promenade coat check room. Text-to-Voice Supertitles: Live Titles, headsets that provide a spoken version of the projected supertitles, are now available at the North Lobby coat check at all performances. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID SAN FRANCISCO OPERA War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102-4509 sfopera.com · (415) 864-3330 DAV I D G O CK LE Y General Director N I CO L A LU I S OT T I Music Director YOU’RE INVITED $80 O U R 4 - O P E R A PAC K AG E S S TA R T AT SEASON SPONSOR CORPORATE PARTNERS COMPANY SPONSORS Norby Anderson Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Franklin and Catherine Johnson Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund Bernard and Barbro Osher Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Diane B. Wilsey San Francisco Opera is supported, in part, by a grant from Grants for the Arts/ San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.