2012-13 San Francisco Opera Single Ticket Brochure
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DON'T MISS THE PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 2 0 12 �13 S E A S O N SAN FRANCISCO OPERA 2 0 12 �13 S E A S O N VOCAL glamour. THEATRICAL brilliance. Be here when the magic happens! David Gockley, General Director DAVID GOCKLEY NICOLA LUISOTTI SEDUCTION, DECEPTION AND VENGEANCE RIGOLETTO Giuseppe Verdi THE PASSION AND PAIN OF STAR-CROSSED LOVERS THE capULETS AND THE monTAGUES Vincenzo Bellini's ROMEO AND JULIET "ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL... GORGEOUSLY STAGED!" �Associated Press MOBY-DICK Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer A SEXUALLY CHARGED THRILLER WITH TWO EXTRAORDINARY CASTS TOSCA Giacomo Puccini A FAIRY-TALE EPIC IMBUED WITH TRANSCENDENT MUSIC LOHENGRIN Richard Wagner "MARVELOUS AND ALLURING!" �San Francisco Chronicle CO S � FAN TU T TE Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart A RICHLY IMAGINATIVE MELODIC TOUR DE FORCE THE TALES OF HOFFMA NN Jacques Offenbach WORLD PREMIERE FROM A "BRILLIANT THEATER COMPOSER." �The New Yorker THE GOSPeL OF ARY MAGDALeNE Mark Adamo m RIGOLETTO GI USEPPE V ER D I One of opera's most vivid and compelling characters, a vengeful court jester, desperately tries to protect his daughter from a lascivious duke in this heart-wrenching tragedy. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts two superb casts: Portraying the hunchbacked court jester are Zeljko Lu i� , "one of today's pre-eminent Verdi cc baritones" (Financial Times, London), and the "arrestingly dark and charismatic" Marco Vratogna (San Francisco Chronicle); appearing as Rigoletto's innocent daughter Gilda are Aleksandra Kurzak, who is rising "to the stratospheric heights of opera superstardom" (The Guardian, London), and Albina Shagimuratova, whose "radiant soprano dispatches the gorgeous lines and elaborate ornamentation with agility and flair, glistening in her top notes" (The Houston Chronicle); and singing the lecherous Duke are Francesco Demuro, "whose open, bright, superbly focused tone was reminiscent of Pavarotti" (Opera News), and David Lomel�, whose "sound is sweet and penetrating ...and golden-toned" (The New York Times). SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION "The subject is grand, immense, and has a character that is one of the most important creations of the theatre, of all countries and all ages." � Giuseppe Verdi 2 Verdi's passionate masterpiece is packed with memorable melodies that heighten the poignant drama, most memorable of all the tenor showpiece "La donna � mobile." CAST Rigoletto: Zeljko Lucic/Marco Vratogna � Gilda: Aleksandra Kurzak* The Duke of Mantua: Francesco Demuro* Maddalena: Kendall Gladen Count Monterone: Robert Pomakov* Sparafucile: Andrea Silvestrelli CAST Rigoletto: Marco Vratogna Gilda: Albina Shagimuratova The Duke of Mantua: David Lomel� Maddalena: Kendall Gladen Count Monterone: Robert Pomakov Sparafucile: Andrea Silvestrelli PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 7 8pm � 11 8pm � 15 8pm 18 8pm � 21 8pm � 25 7:30pm PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 8 8pm � 12 7:30pm � 16 2pm 19 7:30pm � 23 2pm � 30 2pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. OperaVision for the performance on September 15 will be shown in simulcast aspect ratio (widescreen format). Approximate running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti/Giuseppe Finzi Stage Director: Harry Silverstein Set Designer: Michael Yeargan Costume Designer: Constance Hoffman Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich *San Francisco Opera debut Alternate cast/conductor Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, and Mrs. Edmund W. Littlefield, are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey. 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. Mr. Lucic's appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. � Photo: Zeljko Lucic and Diana Damrau in Metropolitan Opera production of Rigoletto by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera � Photo: Ken Friedman/San Francisco Opera sfopera.com/rigoletto 5 3 THE capULETS AND THE monTAGUES VINCENZO BELLINI'S ROMEO AND JULIET This bel canto masterpiece illuminates the passion and pain of star-crossed lovers with rich beauty and dramatic musical prowess. The heartbreaking story of Romeo and Juliet is retold through Bellini's exquisite, gracefully flowing music. Portraying the ill-fated young lovers from feuding families are two remarkable international stars: Grammy� Award winner Joyce DiDonato, a singer admired for her "glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent" (The New York Times), and BBC Singer of the World competition winner Nicole Cabell, who "wields her radiant lyric soprano like a silken lasso" (The New York Times). Riccardo Frizza, praised by The New Yorker for his "crisp and idiomatic conducting," leads the orchestra. With dramatic set designs by Vincent Lemaire and lavish costumes by world-renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix, this "wholly absorbing production" (Opera Today) promises to be a sumptuous visual treat. NEW PRODUCTION CAST Giulietta (Juliet): Nicole Cabell* Romeo: Joyce DiDonato Tebaldo (Tybalt): Saimir Pirgu* Lorenzo: Ao Li Capellio: Eric Owens PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 29 8pm OCTOBER 3 7:30pm � 11 7:30pm 19 8pm � 14 2pm � 16 8pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Bavarian State Opera Sung in Italian with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn. Ms. DiDonato's appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. Photo: Wilfried H�sl/Bavarian State Opera PRODUCTION Conductor: Riccardo Frizza Director: Vincent Boussard* Set Designer: Vincent Lemaire* Costume Designer: Christian Lacroix* Lighting Designer: Guido Levi* *San Francisco Opera debut 4 sfopera.com/capulets MOBY-DICK Music by JAKE HEGGIE � Libretto by GENE SCHEER "Achingly beautiful, magnificently sung and gorgeously staged... the audience responded with an eight-minute standing ovation!" �Associated Press A masterpiece of American literature is transformed into "a vibrant, compelling piece of musical theater" (San Francisco Chronicle) by Dead Man Walking composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Leading a brilliant cast is the superb heldentenor Ben Heppner as the vengeful and obsessive whaling-boat captain Ahab, whose descent into madness puts his crew in mortal danger. "It would be difficult to imagine a performer better suited to convey Ahab's complex mix of demoniac compulsion and fleeting heroism," raved The New York Times, which also praised Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers' "lyrical flow and suitably stormy climaxes." Jay Hunter Morris sings the final two performances: the "fiery brilliance of his resplendent upper range captured both Ahab's inner strength and demonic possession" (Kenneth Herman, sandiego.com). COMPANY PREMIERE CAST Captain Ahab: Ben Heppner/Jay Hunter Morris Greenhorn (Ishmael): Stephen Costello* Starbuck: Morgan Smith Queequeg: Jonathan Lemalu* Pip: Talise Trevigne* Flask: Matthew O'Neill Stubb: Robert Orth PERFORMANCES OCTOBER 10 7:30pm � 13 8pm � 18 7:30pm 23 8pm � 26 8pm � 30 7:30pm NOVEMBER 2 8pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 3 hours including one intermission Commissioned and produced by San Francisco Opera in partnership with the Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera, and the State Opera of South Australia. Sung in English 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 Carol Franc Buck Foundation, Leslie and George Hume, the Koret Foundation and Tad and Dianne Taube. Mr. Heppner's appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. Photo: Karen Almond/the Dallas Opera � 21 2pm PRODUCTION Conductor: Patrick Summers Director: Leonard Foglia Set Designer: Robert Brill* Costume Designer: Jane Greenwood Projection Designer: Elaine McCarthy* Movement Director: Keturah Stickann* *San Francisco Opera debut Alternate cast sfopera.com/mobydick 5 ANGELA GHEORGHIU TOSCA GI ACO M O PU CCINI In this powerful love triangle, a celebrated singer, a rebellious painter and a corrupt police chief engage in a deadly test of wills. Puccini's masterful melodrama features some of his most dramatic and lyrical music, including the heartbreaking "Vissi d'arte." SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION Music Director Nicola Luisotti, "one of his generation's most accomplished Puccini conductors" (Opera News), conducts two brilliant casts in this sexually charged, edge-of-your-seat thriller. The title role is shared by superstars Angela Gheorghiu, who inspired a London Times critic to write "I don't think I have heard Tosca's love music more beautifully sung in the theater," and Patricia Racette, "a versatile, dramatically astute performer with a proven knack for Puccini" (The New York Times). Massimo Giordano, "a tenor with a true Italianate sound" whose portrayal of Tosca's lover Cavaradossi is one of "dramatic beauty" (Opera News), shares the role with Brian Jagde, lauded for his "beautiful singing, now nuanced, now ringing and forceful" (Washington Post). Roberto Frontali (Sheriff Jack Rance in The Girl of the Golden West, 2010), who sings with "plenty of dark color and dramatic intensity" (San Francisco Chronicle), and Mark Delavan (Wotan in the Ring cycle, 2011), a singer of "ferocious power" (San Francisco Chronicle), will portray the malevolent Scarpia. Two superstar sopranos as one fiery, impetuous diva: Puccini's definitive tale of passion, corruption and betrayal. 6 PATRICIA RACETTE Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts two magnificent casts poised to take Puccini's gripping tale to new heights! CAST Floria Tosca: Angela Gheorghiu Mario Cavaradossi: Massimo Giordano* Baron Scarpia: Roberto Frontali CAST Floria Tosca: Patricia Racette Mario Cavaradossi: Brian Jagde Baron Scarpia: Mark Delavan PERFORMANCES NOVEMBER 15 7:30pm � 18 2pm 28 7:30pm DECEMBER 1 8pm � 21 7:30pm � 25 2pm PERFORMANCES NOVEMBER 16 8pm � 20 8pm � 24 8pm DECEMBER 2 2pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by the Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund, the Koret Foundation, Tad and Dianne Taube and United. Nicola Luisotti's appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Ms. Gheorghiu's and Ms. Racette's appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. � 27 8pm � 29 7:30pm PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti/Giuseppe Finzi Stage Director: Jose Maria Condemi Production Designer: Thierry Bosquet Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich *San Francisco Opera debut Alternate conductor Photos: Angela Gheorghiu by Ken Howard; Patricia Racette by Scott Suchman/Washington National Opera sfopera.com/tosca 7 BRANDON JOVANOVICH LOHENGRIN R I CH A R D WAGNER This romantic, fairy-tale epic features some of the composer's most lyrical and accessible music--it's Wagner for everyone! PRODUCTION NEW TO SAN FRANCISCO OPERA The prayers of a young noblewoman, falsely accused of murdering her brother, are answered in the form of a gallant knight in this transcendent tale of human frailty and divine intervention. Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor" (San Francisco Chronicle) who was an electrifying Siegmund in San Francisco Opera's Die Walk�re (2011), sings the title role. Portraying his doubt-plagued new wife is Camilla Nylund, a "sensuous, ethereal Elsa, her substantial, creamy soprano soaring powerfully in ensembles" (Opera News). Daniel Slater's "thoughtful and tasteful" production (Associated Press) also features veteran Wagnerians Kristinn Sigmundsson, Gerd Grochowski and Petra Lang. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts his first Wagner opera for the Company. CAST Lohengrin: Brandon Jovanovich Elsa von Brabant: Camilla Nylund* Ortrud: Petra Lang Friedrich von Telramund: Gerd Grochowski Heinrich der Vogler: Kristinn Sigmundsson King's Herald: Brian Mulligan PERFORMANCES OCTOBER 20 7pm � 24 7pm � 28 1pm � 31 7pm NOVEMBER 3 7pm � 6 7pm � 9 7pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 4 hours, 20 minutes including two intermissions Co-production of Houston Grand Opera and Grand Th��tre de Gen�ve Sung in German with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund. Nicola Luisotti's appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Photo: Brandon Jovanovich in Die Walk�re by Cory Weaver/ San Francisco Opera PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Daniel Slater Production Designer: Robert Innes Hopkins Lighting Designer: Simon Mills Movement Director: Leah Hausman *San Francisco Opera debut 8 sfopera.com/lohengrin MATTHEW POLENZANI THE TALES OF HOFFMA NN JACQUES OFFENBACH The always-astonishing Natalie Dessay and the incomparable Matthew Polenzani star in this richly imaginative and psychologically probing romantic classic. In this marvelously melodic masterpiece, a sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach. Natalie Dessay, "one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world" (The New York Times), displays her remarkable versatility portraying the four very different women who capture Hoffmann's heart. Matthew Polenzani, a tenor with a "trademark sweet sound and tenderness" who can "ring out with unabashed operatic fervor and big top notes" (The New York Times), sings the title role. Alice Coote, who "gave an arresting, vocally robust performance" (San Francisco Chronicle) as Charlotte in Werther (2010), returns as The Muse and Nicklausse. Christian Van Horn brings his "sonorous" and "ringing vocalism" (Opera News) to the roles of the four villains. NEW PRODUCTION CAST Hoffmann: Matthew Polenzani Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella: Natalie Dessay Nicklausse, The Muse: Alice Coote Copp�lius, Dapertutto, Dr. Miracle, Lindorf: Christian Van Horn PERFORMANCES JUNE 2013 5 7:30pm � 11 8pm � 14 8pm � 20 7:30pm 23 2pm � 27 7:30pm � 30 2pm JULY 2013 3 7:30pm � 6 8pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions Co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) Sung in French 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 Bernard Osher Endowment Fund, The Thomas Tilton Production Fund and Chevron. Ms. Dessay's and Mr. Polenzani's appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. PRODUCTION Conductor: Patrick Fournillier Director: Laurent Pelly Set Designer: Chantal Thomas Associate Director: Christian R�th Dramaturg: Agathe M�linand *San Francisco Opera debut Photo: Matthew Polenzani by Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago sfopera.com/hoffmann 9 CO S � FAN TU T TE WOLFGANG A M A DEUS MOZ ART Mozart's sublime essay on flirtation and fidelity is filled with enchanting ensembles, elegant arias and sparkling wit. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION "Marvelous and alluring...staged with intelligence and flair." �San Francisco Chronicle In Mozart's ingenious mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama, two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their fianc�es' fidelity--with an outcome that teaches them all a lesson about love. Music Director Nicola Luisotti, "a supremely stylish Mozartian" (The Classical Review), conducts a dynamic young ensemble cast: Ellie Dehn, "a charismatic soprano with great stage presence" (Wall Street Journal); Heidi Stober, who possesses "rare vivacity of voice and personality" (Houston Chronicle); Francesco Demuro, "an artist not merely spectacular, but profound" (Seattle Times); and Philippe Sly, a winner of the Metropolitan Opera's 2011 National Council Auditions. Marco Vinco, who wowed audiences with his "virtuoso display of darkly gleaming tone and comedic resourcefulness" (San Francisco Chronicle) as Leporello in Don Giovanni (2011), returns as Don Alfonso. CAST Fiordiligi: Ellie Dehn Dorabella: Christel L�tzsch* Despina: Heidi Stober/Susannah Biller Ferrando: Francesco Demuro Guglielmo: Philippe Sly* Don Alfonso: Marco Vinco PERFORMANCES JUNE 2013 9 2pm � 12 7:30pm � 18 8pm 26 7:30pm � 29 8pm JULY 2013 1 7:30pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 3 hours, 25 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Op�ra de Monte-Carlo Sung in Italian with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by San Francisco Opera Guild. Nicola Luisotti's appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Photo: Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera � 21 8pm PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Jose Maria Condemi Production Designer: Robert Perdziola *San Francisco Opera debut Alternate cast 10 sfopera.com/cosi NATHAN GUNN THE GOSPeL OF M A RK A DA M O mARY MAGDALeNE The absorbing story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene is reimagined in this world premiere by acclaimed American composer Mark Adamo. Drawing from modern scholarship, composer/librettist Mark Adamo re-imagines the story of Jesus and the people closest to him--including the misunderstood woman who loved him most dearly and heard his message most clearly. A "brilliant theater composer" (The New Yorker) whose Little Women is one of the most frequently performed new operas of the past 20 years, Adamo "writes music that is lush but transparent, full of arching vocal phrases and deftly blended ensembles" (San Francisco Chronicle). WORLD PREMIERE Kevin Newbury directs and Michael Christie conducts a resplendent cast, including risingstar Sasha Cooke, praised "for her convincing operatic portrayals and her rich expressive voice" (The New York Times), in the title role, and Nathan Gunn, "a voice of stunning authority" (The New York Times), who sings the role of Yeshua ( Jesus); with "burnished tenor" William Burden (The New York Times) as Peter and Maria Kanyova, "a superb singing actress" (Opera News), as the mother of Jesus, Miriam. CAST Mary Magdalene: Sasha Cooke* Miriam: Maria Kanyova Peter: William Burden Yeshua: Nathan Gunn PERFORMANCES JUNE 2013 19 7:30pm � 22 8pm � 25 8pm � 28 8pm JULY 2013 2 7:30pm � 5 8pm � 7 2pm PRODUCTION Conductor: Michael Christie* Director: Kevin Newbury* Set Designer: David Korins* Costume Designer: Constance Hoffmann Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich *San Francisco Opera debut Photo: Nathan Gunn in Billy Budd by David Bachman/Pittsburgh Opera OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Commissioned by San Francisco Opera Sung in English with English supertitles The world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is made possible, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. sfopera.com/magdalene 11 SPECIAL FAMILY PRESENTATION At Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley OPERA FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Music by NOLAN GASSER � Libretto by CAREY HARRISON THE SECRET GARDEN WORLD PREMIERE Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this beloved classic of children's literature comes alive in a new opera created for the whole family--sung in English with English supertitles! A pampered young girl born to privilege finds herself alone in a bleak and unfamiliar land until she discovers the hidden wonder of an abandoned secret garden. Unexpected friendships and a new life blossom as she makes the garden flourish again, leading both young and old toward a path of healing and understanding. PRODUCTION Conductor: Sara Jobin Director: Jose Maria Condemi Visual Designer: Naomie Kremer Costume Designer: Kristi Johnson Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich FAMILY PRICING ADULT CHILD* Premium area: Seating area 1: Seating area 2: Seating area 3: Seating area 4: $80 $70 $60 $50 $40 $30 $40 $35 $30 $25 $20 $15 5 4A 3A 3B 2A 4B 2C 1B 5 4A 3A 3B 2B 1A P 2A PERFORMANCES MARCH 1 7:30pm � 2 7:30pm � 3 3pm 9 7:30pm � 10 3pm Approximate running time: 2 hours including one intermission Commissioned by San Francisco Opera Co-production with Cal Performances The Edmund and Jeannik Littlefield Foundation is proud to support this production. Seating area 5: *Children up to 18 Stage ZELLERBACH HALL Wheelchair seating areas EXPLORATION WORKSHOP: INSIDE THE SECRET GARDEN! Prepare for the opera in an interactive, multigenerational workshop based on the opera's themes, story, characters and music. MARCH 2 AND 9 3:30�4:30pm and 5�6pm Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Workshop tickets: $5 per person. Recommended for families with children ages 6 and older. sfopera.com/gardenworkshop The Secret Garden image by Visual Designer Naomie Kremer 12 sfopera.com/garden TO ORDER Tickets go on sale online, by phone and at the Opera Box Office window on Monday, July 2, 2012, 10am�6pm. ONLINE sfopera.com BY PHONE (415) 864-3330 BY MAIL OR IN PERSON Opera Box Office War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102-4509 HOURS Monday 10am�5pm Tuesday�Friday 10am�6pm Also Saturday 10am�6pm (during performance season) BY FAX (415) 626-1729 If you fax your order, please do not also mail it. WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE English supertitles are visible from all sections. 2012�13 SINGLE TICKET PRICES (Pricing per ticket) SECTION Balcony Side (BLS)* Balcony Rear (BLR)* Balcony Front (BLF)* Balcony Circle or Dress Circle Rear (BC or DCR) Dress Circle (DC) Orchestra Ring (ORR) Orchestra or Grand Tier (ORC or GT) Orchestra Premium or Grand Tier Premium (ORP/GTP) Box Seats (BOX) A $10 handling fee is charged per order, unless purchased in person. Subscribers to our 2012�13 Season (including Design Your Own MAIN STAGE OPERAS Except Lohengrin M�TH/ * $22/$25* $31/$36* $64/$71* $94* $116* $94* $165* $228* $297* F�SU/ * $27/$30* $64/$69* $88/$95* $111* $133* $116* $208* $271* $340* Lohengrin M�TH/ * $27/$30* $36/$41* F�SU/ * $32/$35* $69/$74* $76/$83* $103/$110* $109* $131* $109* $180* $265* $335* $126* $148* $131* $223* $315* $385* Series) receive an additional discount on single-ticket purchases for most performances. * Tickets for performances featuring OperaVision surcharge to help offset the cost of this service. Tickets will be mailed beginning in August. All orders are final. No refunds or cancellations. include a Prices listed are guaranteed through September 1, 2012; cast, programs, prices and schedules are subject to change. All sections subject to availability. Wheelchair access and locations are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call the Box Office at (415) 864-3330 or visit sfopera.com. 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Tickets go on sale at the Box Office at 10am on the day of each performance. Limit two tickets per person. sfopera.com/magdalene 13 ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND OPERA! All of our operas are performed with English supertitles projected on a screen above the stage, visible from all seating sections. OPERAVISION IN THE BALCONY Select performances (look for the symbol) feature high-definition video projection screens on the Balcony level, with supertitles shown at the bottom of the screen, bringing Balcony Side, Balcony Rear and Balcony Front audiences closer to the action on stage. Prices for OperaVision performances include a per-ticket surcharge; see page 13. OperaVision is made possible by the Koret-Taube Media Suite. E-NEWSLETTERS Our e-newsletters keep you informed of all the latest events, news and behind-the-scenes happenings at the Opera. Sign up today at sfopera.com/eopera. SFOPERA.COM Visit our website to read plot synopses and program notes, listen to audio clips and watch current production videos available prior to each opera's opening performance. GUILD INSIGHT PANELS Renowned artists and personalities from the opera world, often cast members and directors, share behind-the-scenes insights and experiences during informal panel discussions. sfopera.com/insights CONNECT WITH US sfopera.com/blog PREVIEW LECTURES Opera Guild Preview Lectures bring musicologists to communities throughout the greater Bay Area, offering an in-depth look into the season's upcoming operas. sfopera.com/previews NEW TO OPERA? Visit "New to Opera?" online for a user-friendly introduction to opera and the answers to frequently asked questions. sfopera.com/newtoopera EDUCATION PROGRAMS San Francisco Opera and the Opera Guild provide programs for K�12 classrooms and educators as well as programs for universities, adults and families. sfopera.com/education Overture: Opera Workshops for Adults offer interactive workshops exploring how operas are created. sfopera.com/workshops FREE PRE-OPERA TALKS Before every performance (except Opening Night, September 7, 2012), music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background. Talks begin 55 minutes before curtain. FREE to ticket-holders. sfopera.com/operatalks ATTENDING THE OPERA GETTING TO THE OPERA HOUSE The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street, in San Francisco's Civic Center across from City Hall. It is easily accessible by public transportation, car or taxi. BY CAR Visit maps.google.com for detailed driving directions, using 301 Van Ness Avenue as the destination address. For Bay Area traffic conditions, visit 511.org. Parking is available in nearby lots, including Civic Center Garage (1), Performing Arts Garage (2) and Opera Plaza (3). BY TAXI For return trips, patrons may reserve a cab with the usher at the Grove Street entrance before the end of intermission. PARKING LOTS WAYS TO SAVE SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR SAVINGS, FAST, EASY EXCHANGES, AND MORE! SAVE UP TO 30% With a Subscription Package � Half Series (3, 4 or 5 operas) start as low as $88 � Full Series (8 operas) start at only $176 � Mini Series (3 or 4 operas) offer perfect samplers with savings up to 10% � Out of Town Series (3 operas in 3 days) save up to 10% DESIGN YOUR OWN SERIES For Ultimate Flexibility � Choose just 3 operas on dates that work for you and save up to 10%; add a fourth and save up to 15% � Select 5 or more and enjoy discounts of up to 20% Use the order form at the back of this brochure, visit sfopera.com/dyo, or call (415) 864-3330. To see all subscription series options and benefits, visit sfopera.com. Call (415) 864-3330 to set up a payment plan or discuss available seating. BRING A GROUP And Save Up to 30%* Groups of 10 or more enjoy benefits including: � Discounts up to 30%; plus one free ticket for groups of 40+ � Seating benefits, including Select Your Own Seat � Flexible payment options � Opera Shop 10% discount It's easy to get started. Call (415) 621-4403 or email email@example.com BRAVO! CLUB For Opera-Lovers Ages 21� 40 Join BRAVO! CLUB and be eligible for discounted tickets* and other benefits: � BRAVO! Tickets** at $35 for Dress Circle and $50 for Orchestra seats � Enjoy social and educational events with other opera-lovers BRAVO! CLUB is a group of young adults dedicated to building a new audience for San Francisco Opera. A season's membership is only $60. Restrictions apply. sfopera.com/bravo * All discounts subject to availability. ** Except Opening Night, September 7, 2012 BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION The Opera House is a short walk from BART (Civic Center station), MUNI trolleys (Civic Center or Van Ness station) and buses (#5 Fulton, #21 Hayes, #47 Van Ness, #49 Van Ness-Mission). For information or alternate routes, visit 511.org. DINE AT THE OPERA HOUSE OR IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD The Patina Group serves an elegant hot buffet in the lower lounge of the Opera House beginning two hours before every evening performance Tuesday through Saturday and every Sunday matinee. Reservations are recommended. Lighter fare is served before performances and during intermissions at Patina's Caf� Express and Dress Circle Caf�. For reservations or to pre-order: (415) 861-8150 Within easy walking distance of the Opera House is a wide variety of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Visit sfopera.com/dine for suggested listings. 15 LOOK CLOSER WITH OPERA GLASSES Opera glasses may be rented for $5 in the North lobby coat check. ID deposit is requested. OPERA SHOP A wide selection of opera CDs, DVDs, books and gift items are available for purchase at the Opera Shop on the South Mezzanine level. 2012�13 CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 2012 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 NOVEMBER�DECEMBER 2012 SUN MON TUE WED THU 1 FRI 2 FPO SAT Moby-Dick 8pm 3 K Lohengrin 7pm 2 3 4 5 6 7 A Rigoletto 8pm 8 J, K 15 X Rigoletto 8pm 4 5 6 A, B Lohengrin 7pm 7 8 9 G, I Lohengrin 10 7pm LABOR DAY 9 Opera in the Park 1:30pm 10 11 C 18 B ROSH HASHANAH Rigoletto 12 8pm D, E Rigoletto 13 7:30pm 14 Rigoletto 8pm 11 12 13 14 15 R,S,RBW Tosca 16 7:30pm G, H 23 Tosca 17 8pm 24 FPO AT&T Park Simulcast 16 M, N 23 W 30 FPO Rigoletto 17 2pm Rigoletto 19 8pm R,S,RBW Rigoletto 20 7:30pm 27 21 G, H 28 Rigoletto 22 8pm 29 J, L 18 M, N Tosca 19 2pm 20 A, C 27 B Tosca 21 8pm D, E Tosca 22 7:30pm THANKSGIVING Tosca 8pm EREV ROSH HASHANAH Rigoletto 24 2pm 25 F Rigoletto 26 7:30pm EREV YOM KIPPUR YOM KIPPUR Capulets 8pm 25 W Tosca 26 2pm Tosca 28 8pm X Tosca 29 7:30pm FPO Tosca 30 7:30pm Herbst Theatre Adler Gala Concert 7:30pm DECEMBER 1 J, L Tosca 8pm Rigoletto 2pm 2 O Tosca 2pm 3 4 5 6 7 8 The Secret Garden at Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley OCTOBER 2012 SUN MON 1 MARCH 2013: 1 7:30pm � 2 7:30pm � 3 3pm � 9 7:30pm � 10 3pm WED 3 D, E TUE 2 THU Capulets 7:30pm 4 FRI 5 SAT 6 J U N E � J U LY 2 0 1 3 SUN 2 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 MON 3 TUE 4 WED 5 D, E THU Hoffmann 7:30pm 6 FRI 7 SAT 8 7 8 9 10 D, F Moby-Dick 11 7:30pm R, T 18 Capulets 12 7:30pm 13 J, K Moby-Dick 8pm 9 14 M, O 21 M, N 28 M, O Capulets 15 2pm 16 A, C 23 A, B 30 X Capulets 17 8pm Moby-Dick 19 7:30pm G, I 26 G, H Capulets 20 8pm J, L Lohengrin 7pm Cos� 10 2pm 17 FATHER'S DAY 11 A, C 18 A, B Hoffmann 12 8pm R,S,RBW Cos� 13 7:30pm 14 G, I Hoffmann 15 8pm R,S,RBW M, N 16 Moby-Dick 22 2pm Moby-Dick 24 8pm D, F Lohengrin 25 7pm Moby-Dick 27 8pm Cos� 19 8pm D, E Magdalene 20 7:30pm R, T Hoffmann 21 7:30pm G, H Cos� 22 8pm J, L Magdalene 8pm Lohengrin 29 1pm Moby-Dick 31 7:30pm R, T 23 Lohengrin 7pm Hoffmann 24 2pm 25 A, C Magdalene 26 8pm D, F Cos� 27 7:30pm X Hoffmann 28 7:30pm G, I Magdalene 29 8pm J, K SF PRIDE Cos� 8pm M, O 30 W SF PRIDE Hoffmann 2pm JULY Letters denote subscription series (A, B, C, D, E, F, ...). High-definition video projection screens are featured on the Balcony level for this performance. Visit sfopera.com/operavision. OperaVision for Rigoletto performance on September 15 will be shown in simulcast aspect ratio (widescreen format). Highlighted boxes denote opening performances. All casts, prices, programs and schedules are subject to change. For the most up-to-date calendar of events, visit sfopera.com/calendar. Sign up for our e-newsletters at sfopera.com/eopera to receive all the latest updates. 1 FPO Cos� 7:30pm 2 R, T 9 Magdalene 7:30pm 3 S,RBW Hoffmann 7:30pm 4 5 H Magdalene 8pm 6 J, K 13 Hoffmann 8pm 7 M, N Magdalene 2pm 8 10 11 12 The Future Is Now: NICOLA LUISOTTI ADLER FELLOWS GALA CONCERT WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA Friday, November 30, 7:30pm Herbst Theatre War Memorial Veterans Building Pricing: $25/$40/$50/$60; $15 Students with valid ID, subject to availability 16 Photo: Scott Wall AND THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT AT CAL PERFORMANCES Friday, May 17, 8pm Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Puccini: Capriccio Sinfonico Rota: Piano Concerto in C Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 sfopera.com/operacenter Photo: Cory Weaver Pricing: $20/$36/$52/$58/$64/$80 See seating chart on page 12. OPERA IN THE COMMUNITY MAIL OR FAX YOUR ORDER TODAY Please use a ballpoint pen. 1. FILL IN YOUR MAILING INFORMATION Mr./Mrs./Ms. Address: City: Evening Phone: Email: (Include your email address to receive special ticket offers and event updates through our E-Opera newsletter. San Francisco Opera will never share or rent your email address.) Name: State: Daytime Phone: ZIP Code: 2. SELECT YOUR OPERAS, PERFORMANCE DATES AND SEATING SECTION, OR ENTER DESIGN YOUR OWN SERIES** SELECTIONS ALT. OPERA DATE ALT. DATE* SECTION SECTION* # TICKETS PRICE** (1ST CHOICE) TOTAL FREE PERFORMANCES MEROLA'S SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT KQED TV BROADCASTS San Francisco Opera performances captured in highdefinition will air on KQED TV Thursdays at 8pm: Mozart's The Magic Flute September 13 Strauss's Salome September 20 Puccini's Il Trittico September 27 Verdi's Otello October 4 Please check local listings as specific dates may change and visit kqed.org for more information. * Please list an alternate date and section in case your first choice is not available. ** For Design Your Own discounted pricing, please call the Box Office or visit sfopera.com/dyo. Design Your Own series does not include The Secret Garden, Adler Fellows Gala Concert or Nicola Luisotti Concert. SUBTOTAL $ Yerba Buena Gardens Saturday, July 7, 2pm merola.org OPERA AT STERN GROVE Sigmund Stern Grove Sunday, August 19, 2pm sterngrove.org SAN FRANCISCO OPERA IN THE PARK I will accept higher-priced seats up to $______________________. I will accept lower-priced seats down to $______________________. This is a Design Your Own subscription order (minimum 3 operas; same number of tickets and seating section for all performances; BLS and BOX seats are not available). Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park Sunday, September 9, 1:30pm sfopera.com/park FREE SIMULCASTS AT AT&T PARK GRAND OPERA CINEMA SERIES Enjoy San Francisco Opera performances, recorded in high-definition, at a movie theater near you! Sign up for E-Opera to receive updates. sfopera.com/cinemaseries 3. MAKE A CONTRIBUTION When you become a member of San Francisco Opera, you ensure the future of this extraordinary art form in San Francisco. Your contribution also brings you closer to inspired performances, opens the Opera House doors to children and families, and helps keep ticket prices affordable. Please consider making the most generous gift you can. CONTRIBUTION $ Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark Rigoletto Saturday, September 15, 8pm sfopera.com/simulcast CARMEN FOR FAMILIES--THE MOVIE! MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM MEROLA'S SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT 4. COMPLETE YOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION Check enclosed, made payable to Opera Box Office Please charge my credit card: American Express Cardholder's Name: Signature (required): Card No.: Date Signed (mo/yr): Exp. Date (mo/yr): Visa Mastercard Discover HANDLING FEE $ A FREE one-hour movie for families with children, featuring a live introduction, will be presented. Details will be announced in e-newsletters; sign up at sfopera.com/eopera. Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building Thursday, July 5, 7:30 pm MEROLA SUMMER OPERAS 10.00 GRAND TOTAL $ RADIO BROADCASTS San Francisco Opera performances from recent seasons air the first Sunday of every month at 8pm on KDFC 90.3 FM, kdfc.com and Comcast Cable 981. In the summer and early fall, broadcasts also air on the WFMT Radio Network nationally. sfopera.com/broadcast Photo: Cory Weaver Postcard from Morocco by Dominick Argento Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center Thursday, July 19, 8pm Saturday, July 21, 2pm La finta giardiniera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center Thursday, August 2, 8pm Saturday, August 4, 2pm MEROLA GRAND FINALE RETURN THIS FORM TO SAN FRANCISCO OPERA By Mail: By Fax: War Memorial Opera House Saturday, August 18, 7:30pm Opera Box Office 301 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102-4509 (415) 626-1729 If you fax your order, please do not also mail it. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ORDER All orders are final. No refunds or cancellations. Cast, programs, prices and schedule are subject to change. All sections subject to availability. For tickets, call the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330. Front Cover Photos: Angela Gheorghiu/Sasha Gusov; The Capulets and the Montagues/Wilfried H�sl/Bavarian State Opera; Natalie Dessay/ Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera; Moby-Dick/Karen Almond/the Dallas Opera; Rigoletto/Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera. Back cover: Nicola Luisotti/Terrence McCarthy. Design: Mission Minded, www.Mission-Minded.com 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 C K LE Y General Director N I CO L A LU I S OT T I DON'T MISS THIS MAGICAL SEASON Music Director RIGOLET TO � TOSCA MOBY-DICK � AND MORE Order Today San Francisco Opera is sponsored, in part, by a grant from Grants for the Arts/ San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. COMPANY SPONSORS Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Franklin and Catherine Johnson Mrs. Edmund W. 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