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2016–17


GIORDANO

Andrea Chénier SHENG AND HWANG

Dream of the Red Chamber WORLD PREMIERE DONIZETTI

Don Pasquale J A N Á Cˇ E K

The Makropulos Case VERDI

Aida PUCCINI

Madame Butterfly VERDI

Rigoletto MOZART

Don Giovanni PUCCINI

La Bohème With the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Dance Corps Cover by Marquis Duriel Lewis (RETNA), Artistic Designer of Aida.


DE AR OPER A LOVER, For the first time in a decade I will not be with you this season, though I was intimately involved in its planning. The good news is that with Matthew Shilvock, the Company could not be in better hands窶馬ot only in this season, but in fashioning his own future seasons with adventurousness and impeccable taste. Our mainstage season includes a world premiere (Dream of the Red Chamber), three new productions (Andrea Chテゥnier, Don Pasquale and Aida), a reconceived staging of Don Giovanni and four beautifully cast revivals. I am also pleased to introduce SF Opera Lab, a new area of programming designed to better accommodate the tastes of our ever-growing, diversifying audience. SF Opera Lab kicks off its inaugural season this March next door at the exquisite Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater. Thank you for the support and enthusiasm you have extended to me over this last decade. I could never have done this job without you. May opera continue to prosper in this great city! D A V I D G O C K L E Y, G E N E R A L D I R E C T O R


ANDREA CHÉNIER UMBERTO GIORDANO

SEP 9, 14, 17, 22, 25m, 30


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An ardent poet and a young noblewoman are passionately attracted only to be separated by the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Soaring arias and turbulent crowd scenes seethe with the energy of the period’s unbridled emotions. In one of the most thrilling finales in all of opera, the doomed lovers mount the scaffold together in defiant proclamation of their love. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts this powerful, melodic score in a lavish period production by acclaimed director David McVicar. Yonghoon Lee, hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding tenor with a melting sound,” debuts in the title role. Also making their Company debuts are the exciting Italian soprano Anna Pirozzi as Maddalena and the commanding baritone George Gagnidze as the vengeful Gérard.

CAST Andrea Chénier  YONGHOON LEE* Maddalena di Coigny  ANNA PIROZZI* Carlo Gérard  GEORGE GAGNIDZE* Bersi  J’NAI BRIDGES* Mathieu  ROBERT POMAKOV Roucher  DAVID PERSHALL* The Incredibile  JOEL SORENSEN

PRODUCTION Conductor  NICOLA LUISOTTI Director SIR DAVID McVICAR Set Designer  ROBERT JONES* Costume Designer  JENNY TIRAMANI* Lighting Designer  ADAM SILVERMAN Original Choreographer  ANDREW GEORGE Revival Choreographer  COLM SEERY Chorus Director  IAN ROBERTSON *San Francisco Opera debut 2 hours, 40 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London and National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Sung in Italian with English supertitles

This production is made possible, in part, by Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey, Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Conductors Fund and Joan and David Traitel through the Great Singers Fund.

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WORLD PREMIERE

RED CHAMBER DREAM OF THE

Music by Libretto

BRIGHT SHENG by DAV I D H E N R Y H WA N G

Based on the book by C A O X U E Q I N Commissioned by S A N F R A N C I S C O O P E R A

SEP 10, 13, 18m, 23, 27, 29

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BRIGHT SHENG


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Considered one of China’s greatest classical novels, Cao Xueqin’s Dream of the Red Chamber is the source for this highly anticipated world premiere. Often referred to as The Story of the Stone, this classic tale—as famous in China as Romeo and Juliet is in the West—recounts the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a beautiful heiress. Featuring a libretto co-authored by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), this new English-language opera is by Bright Sheng, one of the most important Chinese-American composers today. Acclaimed Taiwanese director and playwright Stan Lai joins forces with Tim Yip, the Academy Awardwinning designer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, to bring this visionary work to life. George Manahan conducts the lyrical score.

CAST Dai Yu  PUREUM JO* Bao Yu  YIJIE SHI* Bao Chai  NIAN WANG Granny Jia  QIULIN ZHANG* Lady Wang  HYONA KIM* Princess Jia  KAREN CHIA-LING HO* Aunt Xue  YANYU GUO

PRODUCTION Conductor  GEORGE MANAHAN Director  STAN LAI* Production Designer  TIM YIP* Lighting Designer  GARY MARDER Projection Designer  JOHN WONG* Choreographer  FANG-YI SHEU* Chorus Director  IAN ROBERTSON *San Francisco Opera debut 3 hours including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in English with English supertitles

This production is made possible, in part, by Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, the Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund, United Airlines, grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and funding from OPERA America’s Opera Fund. The commission of Dream of the Red Chamber was initiated and funded by the Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends of Minnesota, with leadership support from the Dr. M. F. Tchou Memorial Fund of the Chinese Heritage Foundation, Benjamin Y. H. and Helen C. Liu and Ruth Stricker and Bruce Dayton.

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DON PASQUALE G A E TA N O D O N I Z E T T I

SEP 28

OCT 2m, 4, 7, 12, 15

Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, Donizetti’s boisterous comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernesto’s sweetheart, the crafty young widow Norina. Moments of romantic sweetness punctuate the farcical fun as Norina schemes to embarrass Don Pasquale and marry Ernesto. Known for “refreshing every role he touches” (The New Yorker), American tenor Lawrence Brownlee makes his long-awaited Company debut alongside the always dazzling Heidi Stober and charismatic Lucas Meachem. Italian bass Maurizio Muraro brings his comedic genius to the title role in Laurent Pelly’s fanciful production. Giuseppe Finzi conducts.

CAST Don Pasquale  MAURIZIO MURARO Norina  HEIDI STOBER Ernesto  LAWRENCE BROWNLEE* Dr. Malatesta  LUCAS MEACHEM

PRODUCTION Conductor  GIUSEPPE FINZI Director and Costume Designer  LAURENT PELLY Set Designer  CHANTAL THOMAS Lighting Designer  DUANE SCHULER Chorus Director  IAN ROBERTSON *San Francisco Opera debut 2 hours, 25 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Santa Fe Opera and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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This production is made possible, in part, by Leslie and George Hume and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Conductors Fund and the Emerging Stars Fund.


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THE MAKROPULOS

CASE L E O Š J A N Á Cˇ E K

OCT 14, 18, 23m, 26, 29

The seductive diva Emilia Marty has broken hearts for the last 300 years and yet she doesn’t look a day past 30. Her secret: a magical elixir granting her eternal youth. Now that the potion is wearing off, can she seduce her way to immortality? Hailed as the “singer-actress of our time” by Opera News, Nadja Michael—San Francisco Opera’s electric Salome from 2009—stars as the mysterious Emilia in Olivier Tambosi’s inventive production. Mikhail Tatarnikov makes his Company debut conducting Janácek’s ˇ powerful, swift-moving score.

CAST Emilia Marty  NADJA MICHAEL Albert Gregor  SCOTT QUINN Baron Jaroslav Prus  STEPHEN POWELL Dr. Kolenatý  DALE TRAVIS

PRODUCTION Conductor  MIKHAIL TATARNIKOV* Director  OLIVIER TAMBOSI Production Designer  FRANK PHILIPP SCHLÖSSMANN Lighting Designer  DUANE SCHULER Chorus Director  IAN ROBERTSON *San Francisco Opera debut 2 hours, 20 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in Czech with English supertitles

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This production is made possible, in part, by The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund, The Thomas Tilton Production Fund, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Emerging Stars Fund and Joan and David Traitel through the Great Singers Fund.

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AIDA GIUSEPPE VERDI

NOV 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20m, 23, 27m, 30 DEC 3, 6


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Verdi’s grand Egyptian epic is the setting for an intimate love story about the military hero Radames and an Ethiopian slave girl, Aida. The tragic conflict between their passionate love and patriotic duty unfolds in a series of gripping confrontations set to Verdi’s gloriously dramatic music. Francesca Zambello joins visionary set designer Michael Yeargan to create a bold new production inspired by contemporary L.A. visual artist RETNA. One of the hottest graffiti artists today, RETNA combines elements of traditional street art with hieroglyphics and Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts San Francisco Opera favorites soprano Leah Crocetto and tenor Brian Jagde in their role debuts as Aida and Radames. The cast also features the brilliant mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk and formidable baritone George Gagnidze.

CAST Aida  LEAH CROCETTO Amneris  EKATERINA SEMENCHUK Radames  BRIAN JAGDE Amonasro  GEORGE GAGNIDZE Ramphis  RAYMOND ACETO

PRODUCTION Conductor  NICOLA LUISOTTI Director  FRANCESCA ZAMBELLO Artistic Designer  RETNA* Set Designer  MICHAEL YEARGAN Costume Designer  ANITA YAVICH* Lighting Designer  MARK McCULLOUGH Chorus Director  IAN ROBERTSON *San Francisco Opera debut 2 hours, 55 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Washington National Opera and Seattle Opera Sung in Italian with English supertitles

This production is made possible, in part, by Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, the San Francisco Opera Guild, Chevron, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Conductors Fund, the Emerging Stars Fund and the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund and Joan and David Traitel through the Great Singers Fund.

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MADAME BUTTERFLY GIACOMO PUCCINI

NOV 6m, 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 26, 29 DEC 1, 4m

Cultures clash when a trusting young geisha marries an American naval officer stationed in Nagasaki. Puccini’s gut-wrenching music takes the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heartbreaking finale. Lianna Haroutounian, with a “voice full of character and vitality” (Tosca, San Francisco Classical Voice), sings the title role in Jun Kaneko’s compelling production that “raises the bar of how Madame Butterfly can be staged to previously unimaginable heights” (San Francisco Examiner).

CAST Cio-Cio-San  LIANNA HAROUTOUNIAN Lt. B. F. Pinkerton  MAXIM AKSENOV Sharpless  ANTHONY CLARK EVANS* Suzuki  ZANDA ŠVEDE Goro  JULIUS AHN

PRODUCTION Conductor  YVES ABEL Director  LESLIE SWACKHAMER Production Designer  JUN KANEKO Lighting Designer  GARY MARDER Choreographer  MELISSA NOBLE Chorus Director  IAN ROBERTSON *San Francisco Opera debut 2 hours, 45 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Opera Omaha Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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This production is made possible, in part, by The Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Emerging Stars Fund and Joan and David Traitel through the Great Singers Fund.


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RIGOLETTO GIUSEPPE VERDI

SUMMER 2017: MAY 31 JUN 6, 9, 14, 18m, 22, 27 • JUL 1

A curse shatters the lives of the hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto and his innocent daughter Gilda. This fast-moving tale of seduction, betrayal and bitter revenge overflows with magnificent melodies and intense dramatic action. With its startling contrasts of villainy and tenderness, Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s most memorable creations. Three widely heralded artists lead the cast: rich-voiced baritone Quinn Kelsey, praised by San Francisco Chronicle for his “effortless power and vibrant color,” dazzling soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Pene Pati. Maestro Nicola Luisotti infuses this classic masterpiece with “breathless urgency” (San Francisco Chronicle).

CAST Rigoletto  QUINN KELSEY Gilda  NINO MACHAIDZE* The Duke of Mantua  PENE PATI Maddalena  ZANDA ŠVEDE Sparafucile  ANDREA SILVESTRELLI

PRODUCTION Conductor  NICOLA LUISOTTI Director  ROB KEARLEY* Set Designer  MICHAEL YEARGAN Costume Designer  CONSTANCE HOFFMAN Lighting Designer  GARY MARDER Choreographer  LAWRENCE PECH Chorus Director  IAN ROBERTSON *San Francisco Opera debut 2 hours, 30 minutes 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, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Conductors Fund and Joan and David Traitel through the Great Singers Fund.

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DON GIOVANNI WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZ ART

SUMMER 2017: JUN 4m, 8, 11m, 13, 16, 21, 24, 30

Opera’s most famous libertine seduces, murders and betrays without regrets until a ghostly dinner guest brings retribution. A dynamic cast stars Italian bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role, whose “swaggering confidence and dangerous sex appeal act like a powerful audience magnet” (Los Angeles Times). He is joined by Marco Vinco as his comic servant Leporello, and Ana María Martínez, who leads the host of avenging women in this inventive restaging of Mozart’s masterpiece. Marc Minkowski makes his San Francisco Opera debut conducting the glorious score.

CAST Don Giovanni  ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO* Donna Anna  ERIN WALL* Donna Elvira  ANA MARÍA MARTÍNEZ Leporello  MARCO VINCO Don Ottavio  STANISLAS DE BARBEYRAC* Zerlina  SARAH SHAFER Masetto  MICHAEL SUMUEL

PRODUCTION Conductor  MARC MINKOWSKI* Director  JACOPO SPIREI* Projections and Scenic Adaptations  TOMMI BREM* Costume Designer  ANDREA VIOTTI Lighting Designer  GARY MARDER Original Set Designer  ALESSANDRO CAMERA Chorus Director  IAN ROBERTSON *San Francisco Opera debut 3 hours, 10 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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This production is made possible, in part, by Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund and Joan and David Traitel through the Great Singers Fund.


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LA BOHÈME GIACOMO PUCCINI

SUMMER 2017: JUN 10, 15, 17, 20, 23, 25m, 29 JUL 2m

Puccini’s timeless story of love, heartbreak and the fragility of life returns by popular demand! Sweeping melodies and rich, heartfelt harmonies drive home the joy and sorrow of struggling young artists in 19th-century Paris. A cast of acclaimed talent takes on the lead roles under the baton of Carlo Montanaro, who conducts the score with “flair and perceptivity in equal measure” (The Seattle Times).

CAST Mimì  ERIKA GRIMALDI Musetta  ELLIE DEHN Rodolfo  ARTURO CHACÓN-CRUZ Marcello  AUDUN IVERSEN

PRODUCTION Conductor  CARLO MONTANARO Director  JOHN CAIRD Production Designer  DAVID FARLEY Lighting Designer  MICHAEL JAMES CLARK Chorus Director  IAN ROBERTSON 2 hours, 20 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Canadian Opera Company Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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This production is made possible, in part, by The Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Conductors Fund and the Emerging Stars Fund.

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Deposited monies do not guarantee seating selections. See page 29 for details. Renewing subscribers who request a series change are not guaranteed their current seats, even when changing from a Full Series to a Half Series or upgrading from a Half Series to a Full Series. New subscriptions and renewals with a requested seating change will be assigned seats after the renewal deadline. If you have specific seating requests, including accessibility needs, please contact the Box Office. A $1 per-ticket facility fee is included in Balcony 1, 2 and 3 section prices; all other sections include a $2 per-ticket facility fee. Series pricing with OperaVision performances in the Balcony include a discounted per-ticket surcharge (B1 $8, B2 $6 and B3 $4). English supertitles are visible from all sections. A $15 subscription handling fee is charged per order. †

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MORE WAYS TO SUBSCRIBE Looking for a smaller package? Choose from our themed Mini Series or our Out of Town Series offering seats in the same section, along with flexible exchange benefits (see next page). View prices and additional Out of Town Series at sfopera.com.

MINI SERIES

OUT OF TOWN SERIES

3 O R 4 O P E R A S S TA R T I N G AT $10 5 FA L L 2 0 16 A N D S U M M E R 2 0 17

MS1 SERIES

MS2 SERIES

MS3 SERIES

MS4 SERIES

MS5 SERIES

MS6 SERIES

2 O R 3 O P E R A S S TA R T I N G AT $ 6 6 FA L L 2 0 16 A N D S U M M E R 2 0 17

BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO OPERA (TUESDAYS) Aida

Butterfly

Giovanni

T Nov 8  7:30pm

T Nov 22  7:30pm

T Jun 13  7:30pm

BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO OPERA (SATURDAYS) Butterfly

Aida

Bohème

S Nov 12  7:30pm

S Dec 3  7:30pm

S Jun 17  7:30pm

SINGING IN ITALIAN (WEEKDAYS) Chénier

Pasquale

W Sep 14  7:30pm

W Oct 12  7:30pm

Aida

Giovanni

W Nov 30  7:30pm

Th Jun 8  7:30pm

PUCCINI AND VERDI (SATURDAYS) Butterfly

Aida

S Nov 12  7:30pm

S Dec 3  7:30pm

Bohème

Rigoletto

S Jun 10  7:30pm

S Jul 1  7:30pm

SUMMER TRIO (TUESDAYS) Giovanni

Bohème

Rigoletto

T Jun 13  7:30pm

T Jun 20  7:30pm

T Jun 27  7:30pm

OT1 SERIES

OT2 SERIES

OT4 SERIES

OT5 SERIES

OT7 SERIES

OT8 SERIES

SEPTEMBER WEEKDAY Red Chamber

Chénier

T Sep 13  7:30pm

W Sep 14  7:30pm

SEPTEMBER WEEKEND Chénier

Red Chamber

S Sep 17  7:30pm

Su Sep 18  2pm

NOVEMBER WEEKDAY Aida

Butterfly

T Nov 8  7:30pm

W Nov 9  7:30pm

NOVEMBER WEEKEND Aida

Butterfly

F Nov 11  7:30pm

S Nov 12  7:30pm

JUNE WEEKEND Rigoletto

Bohème

Giovanni

F Jun 9  7:30pm

S Jun 10  7:30pm

Su Jun 11  2pm

JUNE WEEKDAY Giovanni

Rigoletto

Bohème

T Jun 13  7:30pm

W Jun 14  7:30pm

Th Jun 15  7:30pm

SUMMER TRIO (FRIDAYS) Rigoletto

Giovanni

Bohème

F Jun 9  7:30pm

F Jun 16  7:30pm

F Jun 23  7:30pm

STUDENT-TEACHER SERIES Current full-time students and teachers receive 50% off select Full and Half Series, as well as special 3-opera Semester Series. Full Series: D, R (see page 15 for series dates) Half Series: E, F, S, T, W, X (see pages 16–17 for series dates) Semester Series: Visit sfopera.com/edu for series listings. 20

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SAVE ON ADDITIONAL TICKETS NEW! All season long, subscribers save on additional tickets for mainstage performances. Plus, we’ll waive the handling fee for these purchases.

Buy tickets to operas not included in your series or treat family and friends and you’ll pay the discounted subscription price below. Secure the best seats months before tickets go on sale to the general public!

SUBSCRIBER ADD-ON PRICES

M–F

S–SU

Center Box (CTR BOXES E–V)

$341

$377

Box (BOX)

$316

$362

Orchestra Premium (ORP)

$242

$290

Orchestra (ORC)

$127

$152

Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$86

$106

Grand Tier Premium (GTP)

$242

$290

Grand Tier Premium 2 (GTP2)

$148

$290

Grand Tier (GT)

$148

$188

Dress Circle Premium (DCP)

$127

$152

Dress Circle (DC)

$106

$120

Balcony Circle 1 (BC1)

$86

$102

Balcony Circle 2 (BC2)

Balcony 1 (B1)

Balcony 2 (B2)  Balcony 3 (B3)

$52

$67

$51 / $59

$66 / $74

$26 / $32

$51 / $57

$21 / $25

$25 / $29

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SUBSCRIBER EXCHANGE BENEFITS Need to exchange an opera or date after placing your subscription order? Starting mid-June 2016, subscribers can call or visit the Box Office to request any additional exchanges. • Full and Half Series Subscribers Exchange into a different performance of the same opera or a different opera, fee-free at least 24 hours in advance. • Mini and Out of Town Series Subscribers Exchange into a different performance of the same opera fee-free, or into a different opera for a $10 fee, at least 24 hours in advance. • Student and Teacher Subscribers Exchange into a weeknight performance of the same opera fee-free at least 24 hours in advance. For details, visit sfopera.com/edu. Exchanges are subject to availability; any additional ticket price differential will apply. There is a $10 fee for exchanges made on the day of the performance for all subscribers.

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GET CLOSER TO OPERA SFOPERA.COM

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Read program notes and plot synopses, listen to audio clips and watch videos. Plus, find directions to the War Memorial Opera House, parking information and dining options.

San Francisco Opera and the Opera Guild bring the excitement of opera straight into K–12 and university classrooms. sfopera.com/education

E-OPERA

San Francisco Opera also offers a variety of programs year-round for adults and families throughout the Bay Area. Sign up for E-Opera for more information. sfopera.com/eopera

Sign up for the Opera's monthly e-newsletter to learn about special offers, upcoming events and more. sfopera.com/eopera

KDFC AND WFMT RADIO BROADCASTS INTERACT WITH US Follow us on social media and access exclusive content, from backstage photos to artist interviews. 

PRE-OPERA TALKS Perfect for newcomers, opera aficionados and everyone in between, our Pre-Opera Talks are engaging 25-minute overviews of each opera. Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background from a local music expert. Talks begin 55 minutes before every performance (except Opening Night, Sep 9). sfopera.com/operatalks

Tune into Classical KDFC 90.3, 89.9, 104.9, 92.5 FM and Comcast Cable 981, or listen online at kdfc.com the first Sunday of each month to hear recent and archival performances. In fall, broadcasts also air on the WFMT Radio Network across the country. sfopera.com/broadcast

KQED TV BROADCASTS This spring relive some of San Francisco Opera’s best productions from past seasons on KQED TV. Check your local listings for a complete schedule.

GRAND OPERA CINEMA SERIES OPEN CURTAIN INTERMISSIONS During select intermissions, see behind the curtain as San Francisco Opera staff narrate the set changeover.

Watch San Francisco Opera performances, recorded in HD, at a movie theater near you. sfopera.com/cinemaseries

OPERAVISION IN THE BALCONY BRAVO! CLUB: OPERA LOVERS AGES 21–40 Join BRAVO! CLUB and meet other opera-loving, young professionals ages 21–40. Members enjoy educational and social events, as well as ticket discounts throughout the year. sfopera.com/bravo

Get closer to the action on stage with OperaVision. Offered in the Balcony level at select performances, OperaVision HD video projection screens show close-ups of the drama unfolding on stage along with subtitles. Look for the symbol next to performance dates. Surcharge applies; see page 18.

INSIGHT PANELS

OperaVision is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

Engage with the creative team and members of the cast during these informal panel discussions of selected operas. Presented by San Francisco Opera Guild. sfopera.com/insights

OPERA GUILD PREVIEWS Enjoy a 90-minute preview of select operas led by lively opera experts. Talks take place throughout the Bay Area. sfopera.com/previews

ENGLISH SUPERTITLES Similar to film subtitles, all of our operas are performed with supertitles—English paraphrases of the text projected above the stage. 22


ANNOUNCING

SF OPERA LAB SEASON ONE Join us for the inaugural season in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera.

WINTERREISE

SVADBA-WEDDING

Franz Schubert March 11–13, 2016 3 performances

Ana Sokolovic´ April 2–10, 2016 7 Performances

Schubert’s Romantic song cycle of longing and loneliness is taken to new heights in this multimedia collaboration between South African artist William Kentridge, German baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Markus Hinterhäuser.

A Serbian bride-to-be and her friends prepare for her wedding day in this opera for six female voices a cappella. Michael Cavanagh directs a new production of Ana Sokolovic´ ’s “compelling and beautifully transparent” score (Opera News) led by Co-music Directors Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess.

CHAMBERWORKS

VOIGT LESSONS

April 7 and 20, 2016

Starring Deborah Voigt May 6 and 8, 2016

Members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra curate two eclectic and intimate nights of music and song featuring the 2016 Adler Fellows.

The superstar soprano’s one-woman show, developed with playwright Terrence McNally and director Francesca Zambello, weaves songs and arias into a vivid and often moving account of her life and career with music direction by Kevin Stites.

THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE CINE-CONCERT Benoit Charest April 14–23, 2016 10 Performances Be transported to 1920s Paris and Le Jazz Hot as composer-conductor Benoit Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in a live performance of his original score during a screening of this beloved animated film.

SECURE YOUR SEATS TODAY sfoperalab.com Subscriber additional ticket discount does not apply to SF Opera Lab performances.

Winterreise is sponsored, in part, by The Sarah Ratchye and Edward Frank Family Foundation. Svadba-Wedding is sponsored, in part, by Dianne and Tad Taube. The Taube Atrium Theater is equipped with the Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system.

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JOIN OUR FAMILY OF GENEROUS SUPPORTERS Enrich your connection to San Francisco Opera while supporting our productions, community outreach efforts and education programs. WHAT YOUR INVESTMENT MAKES POSSIBLE Thrilling Productions At a time when ticket sales cover only 30 percent of our annual budget, your gift—of any size—helps us continue to present internationally acclaimed opera here in the Bay Area. Your support brings the world’s leading artists to our stage and sustains our renowned Opera Orchestra, Chorus, Dance Corps and production crew.

Training the Stars of the Future

ENJOY REWARDING BENEFITS From dress rehearsals and panel discussions with artists to backstage tours and more, enjoy exclusive benefits while supporting San Francisco Opera.

Final Dress Rehearsal Invitations Join or renew your support at the $200 Patron level or higher and receive an exclusive invitation to a final dress rehearsal during the 2016–17 Season. For more details about giving levels and benefits, call (415) 565-6416 or visit sfopera.com/membership.

As one of the world’s most prestigious vocal training programs, San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship Program provides today’s most promising young artists with the training and opportunities essential to launching exciting international careers.

New Audiences for Opera Your support brings tens of thousands of people the experience of live opera for free at local community events such as our live simulcasts at AT&T Park. Our acclaimed in-school programs create extended collaborations with local public schools while a broad array of family programs fosters the next generation of opera lovers.

Media Programs Hundreds of thousands of opera fans around the world enjoy our radio, television and HD cinema broadcasts each year. Our collection of DVD releases features signature productions such as Moby-Dick, Porgy and Bess and Show Boat. Photos (opposite page, clockwise from top): Teaching Artist Magdalena Klein sits down with her Opera ARIA students, 2015 Adler Fellows, 2015 Opera at the Ballpark, Susan Graham in San Francisco Opera production of The Trojans, Archival costume rendering.

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Andrea Chénier

2016–17 CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

4

5

6

7

8

9 A

Sat Chénier 10 Red Chamber 8pm

J,K

7:30pm

LABOR DAY

11

Opera in 12 the Park

13 Red Chamber 14 D,F

1:30pm

18 Red Chamber 19 M,N

25 M,O

Don Pasquale

7:30pm 

20

Chénier 15

R,S RBW

21

D,E

27 Red Chamber 28

2pm 

A,B

Chénier 23 Red Chamber 24 7:30pm 

2

Pasquale

M,N

Mon

Tue

3

4

7:30pm

9

Wed Pasquale 5

A,C

2pm 

EREV ROSH HASHANAH

R,S RBW

7:30pm 

G,I

7:30pm 

Chénier 7:30pm

10

11

12

17

7

Pasquale 8

Sat

G,H

7:30pm 

23 Makropulos 24

Pasquale 13

14 Makropulos 15

7:30pm 

G,I

7:30pm 

J,K

Pasquale 7:30pm 

YOM KIPPUR

18 Makropulos 19 A,C

M,O

Fri

6

7:30pm

EREV YOM KIPPUR

16

Thu

ROSH HASHANAH

R,T

20

21

22

26 Makropulos 27

28

29 Makropulos

7:30pm

25

2pm 

D,E

7:30pm 

The Makropulos Case HD video projection screens are featured on the Balcony level for this performance. For the most up-to-date calendar of events, visit sfopera.com/whatson. For SF Opera Lab calendar of events, visit sfoperalab.com.

THE FUTURE IS NOW

ADLER FELLOWS GALA CONCERT WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA

Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30pm Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco Save the date for an exciting night of unforgettable music featuring the renowned San Francisco Opera Resident Artists, the 2016 Adler Fellows, in their final concert of the year. sfopera.com/operacenter 26

G,H

Pasquale 29 Red Chamber 30

7:30pm D,F

Chénier 7:30pm 

OCTOBER 2016 Sun

Aida

17 J,L

22

2pm 

Chénier 26

16

7:30pm 

J,L

7:30pm 


Madame Butterfly

NOVEMBER–DECEMBER 2016 Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

1

2

3

4

Sat 5 J,K

Butterfly 7

6

13

A,B

14

Aida 15

X

7:30pm

Aida 21

20

Aida 9

8

2pm 

M,O

A,C

22

2pm 

M,N

7:30pm

Butterfly 10

Butterfly 16

G,H

17

7:30pm

Aida 18

R,S RBW

Butterfly 23 7:30pm 

11

7:30pm

D,E

7:30pm 

Aida 24

G,I

Aida 12 7:30pm

J,L

Butterfly 7:30pm

Butterfly 19 7:30pm

25

26

7:30pm

D,F

Aida 7:30pm

Butterfly 7:30pm 

THANKSGIVING

Aida 28

27

2pm

W

29

Butterfly 30

R,S RBW

7:30pm 

Aida 7:30pm 

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1 X

4

Butterfly 5

6

2pm

W

Aida 7

Rigoletto

DECEMBER Butterfly 2 7:30pm

8

Adler Gala 3 Concert L 7:30pm

9

10

Fri

Sat

Aida 7:30pm 

7:30pm

C

MAY–JULY 2017 Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

28

29

30

31 D,E

Thu

Rigoletto 7:30pm

MEMORIAL DAY

4 11 M,N

11 18 W

18 25 M,O

5 Giovanni 12

6 13 A,B

2pm 

12 Giovanni 19 2pm 

13 20 A,C

19 Rigoletto 26 2pm 

20 27 A,B

7 Rigoletto 14

14 Giovanni 21 X

21 Bohème 28 7:30pm

1

2

3

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Giovanni 169

10 Rigoletto 17

R,S RBW

7:30pm

7:30pm

JUNE

D,E

15 Rigoletto 22 7:30pm 

R,T

22 Giovanni 29 7:30pm 

R,T

7:30pm 

G,I

16 Bohème 23 7:30pm 

G,H

23 Rigoletto 30 7:30pm 

G,H

7:30pm

J,K

17 Giovanni 24 7:30pm

Don Giovanni

7:30pm

Bohème 7:30pm 

Bohème 24 7:30pm

Bohème

J,K

Giovanni 7:30pm

FATHER’S DAY

25 M,N

Bohème 26

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Rigoletto 28 7:30pm   

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Bohème 30

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SF PRIDE

Giovanni 7:30pm

JULY 1 J,L

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Bohème

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Rigoletto 7:30pm

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

La Bohème Highlighted boxes denote opening performances.

Letters denote subscription series (A, B, C, D, E, F…).

Photos by: cover/Carcassonne I/Marquis Duriel Lewis; inside spread/West Hollywood Library mural/RETNA, Santa Fe Opera production of Don Pasquale/Ken Howard; pp. 2–3/Royal Opera House production of Andrea Chénier/Bill Cooper; pp. 4–5/Woman’s informal coat with scenes from Dream of the Red Chamber (detail), approx. 1900–1950. China. Silk. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Gift of Merrill Randol Sherwin and Dr. Stephen A. Sherwin, 2014.2. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Bright Sheng/Peter Shin, photo/Tim Yip; p. 6/Santa Fe Opera production of Don Pasquale/Ken Howard; p. 7/San Francisco Opera production of The Makropulos Case/Cory Weaver; pp. 8–9/Leah Crocetto/Santa Fe Opera production of Maometto/Ken Howard, West Hollywood Library mural/RETNA; p. 10/Patricia Racette/San Francisco Opera production of Madame Butterfly/Cory Weaver; p. 11/Zeljko Lucic/San Francisco Opera production of Rigoletto/Cory Weaver; p. 12/Ildebrando D’Arcangelo/LA Opera production of Don Giovanni/Robert Millard; p. 13/Michael Fabiano and Alexia Voulgaridou/San Francisco Opera production of La Bohème/Cory Weaver; p. 22/OperaVision/Cory Weaver; p. 24/2015 Adler Fellows/Scott Wall, Opera at the Ballpark/Scott Wall, Susan Graham/San Francisco Opera production of The Trojans/Cory Weaver, Archival costume rendering/Cory Weaver; p. 25/Nicola Luisotti/Terrence McCarthy; p. 26/2015 Adler Fellows/Scott Wall; p. 28/BRAVO! Gala 2014/Drew Altizer; renewal back cover/Nicola Luisotti/Terrence McCarthy; acquisition back cover/Santa Fe Opera production of Don Pasquale/Ken Howard; Audience/Drew Altizer. Design: Mission Minded.

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SPECIAL EVENTS OPENING NIGHT

SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

THE CIT Y’S MOST MAGICAL EVENING

OPERA BALL 2016

BRAVO! CLUB GALA

San Francisco Opera Guild Event Chairs Sandra Farris and Patricia Sprincin invite you to celebrate the opening night of San Francisco Opera’s 94th Season. Pre-performance cocktails and a sumptuous dinner are followed by a performance of Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, after which guests will enjoy dancing and further celebration. Advance reservations are essential for this perennially sold-out evening. For tickets and more information, contact the Opera Guild at (415) 565-3204 or visit sfopera.com/operaball2016.

Event chairs Lauren Groff and Kari Lincks invite you to BRAVO! CLUB’s annual black-tie gala. Celebrate San Francisco Opera’s 94th season with other young opera lovers! Enjoy cocktails prior to Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, followed by dancing into the wee hours. Last year’s event sold out! For tickets and membership information, visit sfopera.com/bravo.

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CENTER

MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM

Schwabacher Debut Recital Series

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Thursday, July 7, 2016, 7:30pm

Four exciting recitals at the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater February–April 2016 sfopera.com/operacenter

The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert Herbst Theatre Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30pm

FREE SIMULCAST AT AT&T PARK Opera at the Ballpark Carmen Saturday, July 2, 2016, 7:30pm sfopera.com/simulcast

FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES San Francisco Opera in the Park Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park Sunday, September 11, 2016, 1:30pm sfopera.com/park 28

Merola Schwabacher Summer Concert

Merola Summer Operas Transformations by Conrad Susa San Francisco Conservatory of Music Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:30pm Saturday, July 23, 2016, 2pm Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart San Francisco Conservatory of Music Thursday, August 4, 2016, 7:30pm Saturday, August 6, 2016, 2pm

Merola Grand Finale War Memorial Opera House Saturday, August 20, 2016, 7:30pm For tickets, call the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330 beginning in April 2016. merolaopera.org


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