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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


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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

PRODUCTION

Norma: Sondra Radvanovsky

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

Adalgisa: Daveda Karanas

Director: Kevin Newbury

Pollione: Marco Berti

Set Designer: David Korins

Oroveso: Christian Van Horn

Costume Designer: Jessica Jahn*

*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

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.


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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

PRODUCTION

Susannah Polk: Patricia Racette

Conductor: Karen Kamensek*

Sam Polk: Brandon Jovanovich

Director: Michael Cavanagh

Reverend Olin Blitch: Raymond Aceto

Set Designer: Erhard Rom

Little Bat McLean: James Kryshak*

Costume Designer: Michael Yeargan

*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

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.


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MASKED BALL GIUSEPPE VERDI

O C T 4 , 7 ˚, 1 0 , 1 3 , 1 6 , 1 9 m , 2 2˚ † A SWEDISH KING

laughs off a fortune teller’s warning of a plot

against his life. But when his closest aide discovers the monarch is having an affair with his wife, the threat of assassination becomes real. 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

PRODUCTION

Amelia: Krassimira Stoyanova* / Julianna Di Giacomo* †

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

Oscar: Heidi Stober

Costume Designer: John Conklin

Gustavus III: Ramón Vargas

Lighting Designer: Gary Marder

Count Anckarström: Thomas Hampson / Brian Mulligan°

Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Madame Arvidson: Dolora Zajick

*San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 3 hours including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Count Ribbing: Scott Conner* Count Horn: Christian Van Horn

Director: Jose Maria Condemi

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.


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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

PRODUCTION

Partenope: Danielle de Niese

Conductor: Christian Curnyn*

Rosmira: Daniela Mack

Director: Christopher Alden

Arsace: David Daniels

Set Designer: Andrew Lieberman*

Emilio: Alek Shrader

Costume Designer: Jon Morrell*

Armindo: Anthony Roth Costanzo*

Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman

Ormonte: Philippe Sly

*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.


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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).

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CAST

PRODUCTION

Floria Tosca: Lianna Haroutounian*

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza

Mario Cavaradossi: Brian Jagde

Director: Jose Maria Condemi

Baron Scarpia: Mark Delavan

Production Designer: Thierry Bosquet

*San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 2 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Lighting Designer: Gary Marder Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

This production is made possible, in part, by the Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund.


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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

PRODUCTION

Angelina (Cinderella): Karine Deshayes*

Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos

Don Ramiro: René Barbera*

Director: Gregory Fortner*

Dandini: Fabio Capitanucci

Production: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Don Magnifico: Carlos Chausson*

Lighting Designer: Gary Marder

Alidoro: Christian Van Horn

Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

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*San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 2 hours, 50 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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LA

BOHÈME

GIACOMO PUCCINI

NOV 14, 15 †, 19, 20 †, 22, 23m †, 25, 29, 30m † • DEC 2, 3 †, 5, 7m † WHEN AN ASPIRING POET

falls in love with a fragile seamstress,

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,

Nov 22m, 29m, see page 14 for details.

CAST

PRODUCTION

Mimì: Sonya Yoncheva / Leah Crocetto †

Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi

Musetta: Nadine Sierra / Ellie Dehn †

Director: John Caird*

Rodolfo: Michael Fabiano / Giorgio Berrugi * †

Production Designer: David Farley*

Marcello: Alexey Markov* / Brian Mulligan †

Lighting Designer: Michael James Clark

Schaunard: Philippe Sly

Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Colline: Christian Van Horn

*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.


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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.


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THE TROJANS AT C AR THAGE

NS

T WO OPER AS IN ONE GRE AT E V ENT

CAST

PRODUCTION

Cassandra: Anna Caterina Antonacci / Daveda Karanas †

Conductor: Donald Runnicles

Dido: Susan Graham

Set Designer: Es Devlin*

Aeneas: Bryan Hymel*

Costume Designer: Moritz Junge*

Anna: Sasha Cooke

Lighting Designer: Wolfgang Göbbel

Narbal: Christian Van Horn

Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Production: David McVicar

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

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.


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T WO WOMEN (L A CIOCIAR A )

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 Music by

Libretto

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

PRODUCTION

Cesira: Anna Caterina Antonacci

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

Rosetta: Sarah Shafer

Director: Francesca Zambello

Michele: Stephen Costello

Set Designer: Peter Davison

Giovanni: Mark Delavan

Costume Designer: Jess Goldstein

Approx. 3 hours including one intermission Co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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.


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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

PRODUCTION

Figaro: Philippe Sly

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Susanna: Lisette Oropesa

Director: Robin Guarino *

Countess Almaviva: Nadine Sierra

Lighting Designer: Gary Marder

Cherubino: Kate Lindsey / Angela Brower †

Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Count Almaviva: Luca Pisaroni Don Bartolo: John Del Carlo Marcellina: Catherine Cook Don Basilio: Greg Fedderly

*San Francisco Opera debut Approx. 3 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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New subscriptions are sold unseated. If you have specific seating requests, including accessibility needs, please contact the Box Office. Early exchanges and the drop-one-opera option are available only at the time of the initial order, by phone or in person only; not available by mail, fax or online. Early exchanges are sold unseated and seats are not likely to be the same as the original subscription seats. See inside back cover for details. 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. Limited availability. Please provide alternate choice when ordering. † 

B

You Save

$1,228†

$64

$1,626†

Orchestra Premium (ORP) or Grand Tier Premium (GTP)

$944

$48

$1,250

Orchestra Premium 2 (ORP2) or Grand Tier Premium 2 (GTP2)

$576

$416

$763

Orchestra (ORC) or Grand Tier (GT)

$576

$144

$763

Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$336

$80

$444

Dress Circle (DC)

$412

$100

$545

Dress Circle 2 (DC2)

$336

$80

$444

Balcony Circle (BC)

$336

$80

$444

Balcony Front (BLF)

$196

$84

$260

Balcony Rear (BLR)

$100

$40

$132

$80

$20

$106†

HALF SERIES WEEKDAY Box Seats (BOX)

Balcony Side (BLS) 

C

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.


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$64

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20

2014–15 CALENDAR SEP 2014 SU N

MON

TUE

1

WED

2

THU

3

FR I

4

5 A

7

8

Opera in the Park

9

1:30pm

Norma

14 M,  O

21

15

2pm 

Susannah

M,  N

Susannah

D,  E

22

7:30pm 

16

Susannah

A,  C

7:30pm

Norma

23

2pm 

D,  F

Norma

10 R, S, RBW

11

17

G, H

18

24

25

29

SU N

MON

Susannah 7:30pm

Susannah

13

7:30pm 

19

Norma

G,  I

7:30pm

26

20

27

Norma

J,  L

7:30pm

ROSH HASHANAH

Norma

30 X

OCT 2014

6

8pm J,  K

7:30pm  EREV ROSH HASHANAH

28

12

7:30pm 

SAT Norma

7:30pm 

TUE

WED

THU

1

FR I

2

SAT 4 Masked Ball

3

J,  K EREV YOM KIPPUR

5

7 Masked Ball

6

A,  B

13 Masked Ball

12

X

19 Masked Ball M,  N

26 W

20

Tosca

14

7:30pm 

21 A,  C

2pm 

27

28

8

10 Masked Ball

9

7:30pm

Partenope 7:30pm

G,  H

15

Partenope

D,  E

7:30pm

22 Masked Ball D,  E

29

2pm

7:30pm

16 Masked Ball R,  T

23 F

Tosca

17

24

30

Partenope

R, S, RBW

7:30pm 

11

7:30pm 

7:30pm 

7:30pm G,  I

7:30pm YOM KIPPUR

Partenope

18

Partenope

J,  L

7:30pm

25

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 Tosca

1 K

Partenope

2 M,  O

M,  N

10

5

6

W

11

17

2pm 

Bohème

23 M,  O

2pm 

30

Bohème

24

7

7:30pm 

12

18

Cinderella

A,  B

7:30pm

R, S, RBW

25

Bohème

26

A,  C

7:30pm

R,  T

Bohème

3

19

Bohème 7:30pm 

Cinderella

13

Cinderella

D,  F

7:30pm

20

Bohème

21

D,  E

7:30pm

G,  I

14 G,  H

27

Bohème

15

Bohème

7:30pm J,  L

7:30pm

Cinderella 7:30pm 

28

W

2

2pm

B

7:30pm X

7:30pm 

Bohème/Fam 12pm 

Bohème 7:30pm 

7:30pm 

Bohème

Bohème

22 K

29

Bohème/Fam 1pm 

THANKSGIVING

1

Tosca

8

7:30pm 

2pm 

Cinderella

16

Tosca

4 T

Cinderella

9

3

2pm 

7:30pm 

4

5

7:30pm

I

Bohème

6

7:30pm

Adler Gala Concert 7:30pm

Bohème

7 N

2pm 

JUN–JUL 2015 SU N

MON

7

Trojans

M,  N

1pm 

WED

9

THU

10

15

16 A,  C

2pm 

21

Figaro

W

2pm 

Trojans

17

A,  B

18

6pm

R, S, RBW

23 Two Women 24

22

7:30pm

Figaro

25

D,  F

7:30pm

R, S, RBW

1

Trojans

2

FATHER’S DAY

28 Two Women 29

Figaro

A,  C

7:30pm

2pm 

30 Two Women R,  T

PRIDE

5 X

12 G,  H

M,  O

M,  O

FR I

11

Figaro

14

TUE

8

7:30pm 

D,  E

6pm 

Figaro 7:30pm 

Trojans

SAT Trojans

13 Two Women

6pm J,  L

7:30pm

19 Two Women 20

Trojans

J,  K

6pm

G,  I

7:30pm 

26

6pm 

3 G,  H

Figaro

27

Figaro

J,  L

7:30pm

4

7:30pm INDEPENDENCE DAY

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

O PE R AV ISI O N I N T H E BA LCO N Y

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.

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.

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.

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

With discounts up to 50%

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.

2 or 3 operas

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.

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Cast, programs, prices and schedules are subject to change. All orders are final. No refunds or returns.

Sennheiser amplification devices for hearing-impaired patrons are available at all performances. Headsets are available at the North Promenade coat check room.

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.

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.

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