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2013-14 Season MEPHISTOPHELES Arrigo Boito

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Gioachino Rossini

WORLD PREMIERE

DOLORES CLAIBORNE Tobias Picker and J. D. McClatchy

SHOW BOAT Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II

FALSTAFF Giuseppe Verdi

LA TRAVIATA Giuseppe Verdi

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN Richard Wagner

MADAME BUTTERFLY Giacomo Puccini


ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV AND RAMÓN VARGAS

A monumental work of “choral grandeur and melodic richness” (The New York Times) in one of the most impressive productions ever seen at the War Memorial Opera House. 2


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ARRIGO BOITO Libretto by the composer

The season kicks off with Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust, a monumental work of “choral grandeur and melodic richness” (The New York Times) in one of the most impressive productions ever seen at the War Memorial Opera House. The cast includes Ramón Vargas, a tenor “in ravishing voice” (Financial Times), as the philosopher who sells his soul to the Devil; the “luminous, compelling” Patricia Racette (Washington Post) as the woman he desires; and, in the vividly menacing title role, the “seductively malevolent” bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, a “fullbodied bass-baritone” renowned for his “wonderfully evil portrayals” (The New York Times). Our own Italian maestro will be on the podium, showing once again why “we are blessed to have Nicola Luisotti in San Francisco” (San Francisco Classical Voice). SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION

CAST

PERFORMANCES

Mephistopheles: Ildar Abdrazakov Marguerite, Elena: Patricia Racette Faust: Ramón Vargas

SEPTEMBER 6 8pm · 11 7:30pm · 14 8pm · 17 7:30pm 20 8pm · 24 8pm · 29 2pm

PRODUCTION

OCTOBER 2 7:30pm

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Laurie Feldman Production: Robert Carsen Designer: Michael Levine Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler Choreographer: Alphonse Poulin

OperaVision in Balcony. See page 23. Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions San Francisco Opera production 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 Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey, The Thomas Tilton Production Fund and Thomas F. and Barbara A. Wolfe. Major support for this production also provided by the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund established by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

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Racette

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DOLORA ZAJICK

Dolores Claiborne An opera by TOBIAS PICKER Libretto by J. D. McCLATCHY · By arrangement with ANDREW WELCH

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Based on the novel Dolores Claiborne by STEPHEN

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Commissioned by SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

Desperate. Passionate. Trapped. Dolores Claiborne is willing to do whatever it takes to save herself and her daughter—even if that means taking a life. One of the most compelling characters to emerge from the imagination of Stephen King, the feisty Maine housekeeper is a natural fit for opera—and specifically for the dark theatricality of American composer Tobias Picker, who “embraces opera as a populist art form” and “does so with undeniable skill” (The New York Times). Memorably played by Kathy Bates in the 1995 movie, Dolores will be sung by the powerhouse mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, who brings to her roles “the kind of explosive dramatic intensity that makes her an unforgettable stage presence” (San Francisco Chronicle). This chilling work features a libretto by poet J. D. McClatchy. “Expert conductor” George Manahan is at the podium (Financial Times) and the “imaginative” and “inspired” James Robinson directs (The Wall Street Journal).

WORLD PREMIERE

CAST

PERFORMANCES

Dolores Claiborne: Dolora Zajick Vera Donovan: Elizabeth Futral Selena St. George: Susannah Biller Joe St. George: Wayne Tigges Detective Thibodeau: Greg Fedderly

SEPTEMBER 18 7:30pm · 22 2pm

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Production contains adult language and themes.

The world premiere of Dolores Claiborne is made possible, in part, by the Koret Foundation and Tad and Dianne Taube. Additional support is provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Zajick’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

Biller

*San Francisco Opera debut

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Conductor: George Manahan* Director: James Robinson Set Designer: Allen Moyer Costume Designer: James Schuette* Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind Projection Designer: Greg Emetaz*

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GIUSEPPE VERDI · Libretto by Arrigo Boito Bryn Terfel, the “definitive” Falstaff of our day (Chicago Tribune), returns to San Francisco Opera in one of his truly legendary roles. Based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Verdi’s last opera is a wise, wistful comedy about a self-deluded old man who vainly attempts to seduce two women at once. “Terfel is so irascible, nimble on his feet and altogether charming that he almost makes you forget how splendidly he sings the music” (The New York Times). Music Director Nicola Luisotti leads a cast that also features Ainhoa Arteta, the “vocally alluring” Roxane of San Francisco Opera’s Cyrano de Bergerac (2010) (San Francisco Chronicle); the “impressive” Meredith Arwady (The New York Times); Fabio Capitanucci, renowned for his “robust, warm voice and impressive Italianate lyricism” (The New York Times); the “wonderfully lyrical” Francesco Demuro (MusicalCriticism.com) and Heidi Stober, who brought “lustrous tone, technical precision and saucy humor” to her roles in San Francisco Opera’s Xerxes (2011) and The Magic Flute (2012) (San Francisco Chronicle).

PRODUCTION NEW TO SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

CAST

PERFORMANCES

Sir John Falstaff: Bryn Terfel Mistress Alice Ford: Ainhoa Arteta Nannetta: Heidi Stober Mistress Quickly: Meredith Arwady Fenton: Francesco Demuro Ford: Fabio Capitanucci* Mistress Meg Page: Renée Rapier

OCTOBER 8 8pm · 11 8pm · 15 7:30pm · 20 2pm 24 7:30pm · 27 2pm · 30 7:30pm NOVEMBER 2 8pm Approximate running time: 3 hours i ncluding two intermissions Lyric Opera of Chicago production Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Capitanucci

Stober

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Terfel

*San Francisco Opera debut

Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by Leslie and George Hume and The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Mr. Terfel’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

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Flyin Dutchman

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RICHARD WAGNER · Libretto by the composer

In Wagner’s first masterpiece, a ship’s captain is condemned to endlessly travel the seas under a curse that can only be broken by a woman’s love. This mythic tale of bleak isolation and the promise of salvation will be told through inventive imagery, conveying a distinct sense of the supernatural. The “masterful” Patrick Summers (Houston Chronicle) conducts a cast of outstanding Wagnerians led by Greer Grimsley, who thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences as “a thunderous and dramatically compelling Jokanaan” in 2009’s Salome (San Francisco Chronicle), and Petra Maria Schnitzer, who sings with “creamy tone, lyrical grace (a rarity in Wagner) and earthy top notes” (The New York Times). Petrika Ionesco, who brought “a handsome combination of grandeur and expressive intimacy” (San Francisco Chronicle) to Cyrano de Bergerac (2010), directs a production he has also designed. Presented in celebration of the Wagner bicentennial year.

NEW PRODUCTION

CAST

PERFORMANCES

The Dutchman: Greer Grimsley Senta: Petra Maria Schnitzer Erik: Ian Storey Daland: Kristinn Sigmundsson

OCTOBER 22 8pm · 26 8pm · 31 7:30pm NOVEMBER 3 2pm · 7 7:30pm

· 15 8pm

OperaVision in Balcony. See page 23.

PRODUCTION

Approximate running time: 3 hours i ncluding one intermission Co-production with Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège, Belgium) Sung in German with English supertitles

Sigmundsson

Storey

Schnitzer

This production is made possible by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Productions.

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Summers

Conductor: Patrick Summers Director: Petrika Ionesco Set Designer: Petrika Ionesco Costume Designer: Lili Kendaka Projection Designer: S. Katy Tucker

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Conducted by NICOL A LUISOT TI

Music Director Nicola Luisotti, whose “focused and energetic conducting” propels Verdi’s music with “a breathless urgency” (San Francisco Chronicle), will celebrate the Italian master with a performance of his Requiem, a sublime, thrilling work of high drama and deep solemnity. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus will be joined by a quartet of superb soloists: Leah Crocetto, “a major operatic star with a sumptuous vocal tone, regal phrasing and technical agility” (San Francisco Chronicle); Jamie Barton, “a highly gifted young American mezzo” (Chicago Tribune); Michael Fabiano, who “has been praised for reigniting some of the magic of old-time Italian tenors” (Opera News); and the “thrillingly robust and commanding” Vitalij Kowaljow (San Francisco Chronicle). Presented in celebration of the Verdi bicentennial year. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Soprano: Leah Crocetto Mezzo-soprano: Jamie Barton* Tenor: Michael Fabiano Bass: Vitalij Kowaljow San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus *San Francisco Opera debut This concert performance is not included on any Full or Half Series.

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The Verdi Requiem 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. Mr. Kowaljow’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

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Barber o Seville

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GIOACHINO ROSSINI · Libretto by Cesare Sterbini

With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this eternally fresh comic masterpiece featuring Rossini’s wittiest, most charming score and two charismatic casts. One features Isabel Leonard, “a lively stage presence and a radiant lyric voice” (The New York Times); Lucas Meachem, who displayed “vocal brilliance” and “theatrical panache” in the title role of San Francisco Opera’s Don Giovanni (2011) (San Francisco Chronicle); and rising tenor Javier Camarena, praised by Opera News for his “exquisite finesse.” The other equally stunning cast features Daniela Mack, who sings Rossini “with technical command and expressive ease” (Opera News); the “smooth-voiced” Audun Iversen (The New York Times) and Alek Shrader, who sang Tamino in San Francisco Opera’s The Magic Flute (2012) with “clarity and sweetness of tone” (San Francisco Chronicle). Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi, who leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra with “vigor and clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle), returns to the podium.

NEW PRODUCTION

PRODUCTION Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi Director: Emilio Sagi Set Designer: Lorenç Corbella* Costume Designer: Pepa Ojanguren*

Approximate running time: 3 hours i ncluding one intermission 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 San Francisco Opera Guild and Chevron.

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Figaro: Lucas Meachem Rosina: Isabel Leonard* Count Almaviva: Javier Camarena* Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli Don Basilio: Andrea Silvestrelli Berta: Catherine Cook

Figaro: Audun Iversen* Rosina: Daniela Mack Count Almaviva: Alek Shrader Doctor Bartolo: Maurizio Muraro* Don Basilio: Andrea Silvestrelli Berta: Catherine Cook

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PERFORMANCES

NOVEMBER 13 7:30pm · 16 8pm

NOVEMBER 14 7:30pm · 17 2pm

· 19 8pm · 22 8pm · 26 8pm

DECEMBER 1 2pm

· 20 7:30pm · 23 8pm · 29 8pm

*San Francisco Opera debut OperaVision in Balcony. See page 23.

The Barber o Seville orFamilies A perfect opera for families and new operagoers of all ages, The Barber of Seville for Families is a two-hour version of this season’s exciting production, sung in English with English supertitles. Exploration Workshops for Families will be presented by the San Francisco Opera Education Department prior to each performance. Sign up for E-Opera (monthly e-newsletter) at sfopera.com to receive updates.

PERFORMANCES NOVEMBER 24 2pm · 30 2pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 23. Approximate running time: 2 hours including one intermission Sung in English with English supertitles

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ShowBoat Music by JEROME KERN · Book and lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Based on the novel Show Boat by EDNA FERBER

A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Director Francesca Zambello’s grand-scale production is “a triumph—a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long” (Chicago Classical Review). The magnificent Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score, which includes such classic songs as “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” will sound glorious “under the authoritative baton of music-theater maestro John DeMain” (Chicago Tribune). Patricia Racette, Heidi Stober and Nathan Gunn head a dazzling cast. “No one should miss it” (Chicago Sun-Times). COMPANY PREMIERE

Exploration Workshops for Families will be presented by the San Francisco Opera Education Department prior to select performances. Sign up for E-Opera (monthly e-newsletter) at sfopera.com to receive updates.

CAST

PERFORMANCES

Magnolia Hawks: Heidi Stober Gaylord Ravenal: Nathan Gunn Julie La Verne: Patricia Racette Joe: Morris Robinson Queenie: Angela Renée Simpson

JUNE 2014 1 2pm · 3 8pm · 10 7:30pm · 13 8pm 19 7:30pm · 22 2pm · 26 7:30pm · 28 8pm JULY 2014 1 8pm · 2 7:30pm

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Stober Robinson

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“One memorable song follows another, each an enduring thread in the fabric of American popular culture— from ‘Ol’ Man River’ to ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’ to ‘Make Believe’ to ‘You Are Love.’ ” —Chicago Tribune PRODUCTION Conductor: John DeMain Director: Francesca Zambello Scenery Designer: Peter J. Davison Costume Designer: Paul Tazewell Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough Sound Designer: Tod Nixon Choreographer: Michele Lynch

Approximate running time: 3 hours i ncluding one intermission Co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera and Houston Grand Opera; presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals. Sung in English with English supertitles Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. Mr. Nathan Gunn’s and Ms. Racette’s appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

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La Traviata GIUSEPPE V ERDI · Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

Violetta Valéry may be the most heart-wrenching character in all of opera: a high-spirited but deceptively delicate woman who unexpectedly finds, and then selflessly gives up, the love of her all-too-short life. Her story will be brought to the stage by two spectacular casts. One features “dusky and sensual” 2010 Operalia winner Sonya Yoncheva, who “oozes star quality” (The Independent, London); tenor Saimir Pirgu is Violetta’s lover Alfredo, whose depiction of the role is “right on vocally as well as dramatically” (Associated Press); and Vladimir Stoyanov, praised by The New York Times for his “warm, attractive voice.” The other is led by Ailyn Pérez, whose performance of the role at London’s Royal Opera House was hailed as “an unalloyed triumph” (The Guardian, London); Stephen Costello, “an ascending voice in opera” with an “engaging, pure voice” (Philadelphia Inquirer); and the “triumphant” and “splendid” Quinn Kelsey (San Francisco Chronicle).

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION

CAST

PERFORMANCES

Violetta Valéry: Sonya Yoncheva*/Ailyn Pérez† JUNE 2014 11 7:30pm · 14 8pm · 17 8pm · 20 8pm Alfredo Germont: Saimir Pirgu/Stephen Costello† Giorgio Germont: Vladimir Stoyanov*/Quinn Kelsey† 25 7:30pm · 29 2pm JULY 2014 5 8pm† · 8 7:30pm† · 11 8pm† · 13 2pm†

PRODUCTION

OperaVision in Balcony. See page 23. Approximate running time: 3 hours i ncluding two intermissions San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Kelsey

Stoyanov

Pirgu

Yoncheva

Luisotti

*San Francisco Opera debut

Costello

Company Sponsor Mrs. Edmund W. Littlefield is proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by the Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund, the Koret Foundation and Tad and Dianne Taube. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata.

Pérez

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti/Giuseppe Original Director: John Copley Director: Laurie Feldman Set Designer: John Conklin Costume Designer: David Walker Lighting Designer: Gary Marder

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MadameButter ly GIACOMO PUCCINI · Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice returns in a bold and beautiful production by Jun Kaneko, designer of San Francisco Opera’s dazzling production of The Magic Flute (2012). Patricia Racette, “who can rightly stand among the great Butterflies of her era” (Opera News), heads a superb cast including Elizabeth DeShong, acclaimed by The New York Times for her “rich, nuanced portrayal” of Butterfly’s maid Suzuki; Brian Jagde, who “supplied what so many other tenors on today’s main stage lack: soul” (San Francisco Classical Voice); and Brian Mulligan, a baritone with a “rich, secure” voice who is “capable of sensitivity and musicality in perfectly executed moments” (The New York Times). “The visual component of this production is so compelling, and so intelligent, that it lifts this opera to a new level” (Toronto Globe and Mail). PRODUCTION NEW TO SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

CAST

PERFORMANCES

Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly): Patricia Racette Lt. B. F. Pinkerton: Brian Jagde Sharpless: Brian Mulligan Suzuki: Elizabeth DeShong

JUNE 2014 15 2pm · 18 7:30pm · 21 8pm · 24 8pm 27 8pm

PRODUCTION

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes including one intermission Opera Omaha production Sung in Italian with English supertitles

*San Francisco Opera debut

DeShong

Mulligan

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T Jun 24 8pm

Weekdays

1 Tue Eve • 2 Wed Eves • 2 Thu Eves

Mephistopheles

Falstaff

Barber

W Sep 11 7:30pm

T Oct 15 7:30pm

Th Nov 14 7:30pm

Traviata

Show Boat

W Jun 11 7:30pm

Th Jun 26 7:30pm

Weekdays

BEST SEATING AVAILABILIT Y 3 Wed Eves • 1 Thu Eve

Claiborne

Dutchman

Barber

Butterfly

W Sep 18 7:30pm

Th Oct 31 7:30pm

W Nov 20 7:30pm

W Jun 18 7:30pm

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ALL OPERAVISION SERIES 2 Tue Eves • 1 Wed Eve • 2 Thu Eves

Mephistopheles

Falstaff

Barber

T Sep 17 7:30pm

Th Oct 24 7:30pm

W Nov 13 7:30pm

Show Boat

Butterfly

T Jun 10 7:30pm

Th Jul 3 7:30pm

Weekdays

BEST SEATING AVAILABILIT Y 3 Wed Eves • 1 Thu Eve

Claiborne

Dutchman

Traviata

Show Boat

W Sep 25 7:30pm

Th Nov 7 7:30pm

W Jun 25 7:30pm

W Jul 2 7:30pm

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BEST SEATING AVAILABILIT Y 2 Tue Eves • 2 Wed Eves • 1 Thu Eve

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Falstaff

Dutchman

W Oct 2 7:30pm

W Oct 30 7:30pm

T Nov 12 7:30pm

Show Boat

Traviata

Th Jun 19 7:30pm

T Jul 8 7:30pm

RAINBOW SERIES

RBW SERIES

SEE SERIES

Weekdays

ALL OPERAVISION SERIES FOR PRICING

2 Tue Eves • 1 Wed Eve • 2 Thu Eves

Mephistopheles

Falstaff

Barber

T Sep 17* 7:30pm

Th Oct 24 7:30pm

W Nov 13 7:30pm

Show Boat

Butterfly

T Jun 10* 7:30pm

Th Jul 3 7:30pm

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PRICING FOR FULL & HALF SERIE FULL SERIES

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HALF SERIES You Save †

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Deposited monies do not guarantee seating selections (for details, please see page 29). Renewing subscribers who request a series change are not guaranteed their current seats, even when changing from a Full Series to a Half Series. New subscriptions and renewals with a requested seating change are sold unseated. If you have specific seating requests, including accessibility needs, please contact the Box Office. Full and Half Series early exchanges and the Full Series 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 page 29 for details.

$91

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provide alternate choice when ordering.

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English supertitles are visible from all sections.

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Student and teacher discounts of up to 50% are available for select series. Restrictions apply. Visit sfopera.com/edu.

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MINI SERIES

3 or 4 operas with discounts up to 10%

SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO SUIT A VARIETY OF TASTES! • Enjoy seats in the same section for each performance. • No-fee advance exchanges into another performance of the same opera, and only $10 for exchanges to a different opera or for day-of exchanges (see page 26).

FALL 2013 AND SUMMER 2014

MS1 SERIES

MS2 SERIES

MS3 SERIES

MS4 SERIES

MS5 SERIES

MS6 SERIES

Beginners’ Guide to Opera (Wednesdays) Barber

Traviata

Butterfly

W Nov 20 7:30pm

W Jun 25 7:30pm

W Jul 9 7:30pm

Beginners’ Guide to Opera (Saturdays) Butterfly

Traviata

S Nov 23 8pm

S Jun 21 8pm

S Jul 5 8pm

Maestro Luisotti Celebrates Verdi and Friends Mephistopheles Falstaff

Verdi Requiem

Traviata

T Sep 24 8pm

T Oct 15 7:30pm

F Oct 25 8pm

F Jul 11 8pm

Falstaff

Dutchman

Butterfly

Traviata

W Oct 30 7:30pm

T Nov 12 7:30pm

W Jun 18 7:30pm

T Jul 8 7:30pm

Divas/Divos

Summer Trio (Weekdays)

Show Boat

Traviata

Butterfly

T Jun 10 7:30pm

W Jun 25 7:30pm

W Jul 9 7:30pm

Summer Trio (Weekends)

Traviata

Show Boat

Butterfly

S Jun 14 8pm

S Jun 28 8pm

Su Jul 6 2pm

SECTION

MS1

Balcony Side (BLS)

N/A

N/A

Balcony Rear (BLR)

$94

$180

Balcony Front (BLF)

$185

$249

Balcony Circle (BC)

$267

Dress Circle 2 (DC2)

$267

Dress Circle (DC)

$330

$378

Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$267

$330

$388

Orchestra (ORC) or Grand Tier (GT)

$468

$588

$643

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

$681

$813

$900

Box Seats (BOX)

$888

$1,017

$1,181

Mini and Out of Town Series are seated after Full and Half Series.

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MS3

MS4

MS5

MS6

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$159

$130

$98

$180

$268

$258

$190

$249

$315

$368

$365

$267

$315

$378

$404

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$378

$446

$448

$330

$378

$365

$267

$330

$630

$468

$588

$933

$681

$813

$1,206

$888

$1,017

Deposited monies do not guarantee seating selections (for details, please see page 29). All Mini and Out of Town Series are sold unseated.

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nly $10

OUT OF TOWN SERIES 2 or 3 operas with discounts up to 10%

DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE TRAVELERS— SEE 2 OR 3 OPERAS IN 2 OR 3 DAYS!

• Enjoy seats in the same section for each performance. • Save on hotels, museums and restaurants with special discounts from our Subscriber Perks partners. Visit sfopera.com/perks for details. • Join the National Patrons Club with a contribution of $2,000 or more and receive exclusive benefits. Visit sfopera.com/nationalpatrons. FALL 2013 AND SUMMER 2014

OT1 SERIES

OT2 SERIES

OT 3 SERIES

OT4 SERIES

OT5 SERIES

OT6 SERIES

Verdi/Wagner Bicentennial Weekend

Verdi Requiem

Dutchman

Falstaff

F Oct 25 8pm

S Oct 26 8pm

Su Oct 27 2pm

Fall Weekday Dutchman

Barber

T Nov 12 7:30pm

W Nov 13 7:30pm

Fall Weekend Dutchman

Barber

F Nov 15 8pm

S Nov 16 8pm

Summer Weekday Traviata

Butterfly

Show Boat

T Jun 17 8pm

W Jun 18 7:30pm

Th Jun 19 7:30pm

Traviata

Butterfly

Show Boat

F Jun 20 8pm

S Jun 21 8pm

Su Jun 22 2pm

Summer Weekend

Summer Weekday Butterfly

Traviata

Show Boat

T Jun 24 8pm

W Jun 25 7:30pm

Th Jun 26 7:30pm

SECTION

OT1

OT2

OT3

OT4

OT5

OT6

Balcony Side (BLS)

N/A

Balcony Rear (BLR)

$161

N/A

N/A

$70

$126

N/A

N/A

N/A

$94

$184

$94

Balcony Front (BLF)

$241

$138

$181

$185

$254

$185

Balcony Circle (BC)

$303

Dress Circle 2 (DC2)

$359

$187

$218

$267

$315

$267

$187

$259

$267

$378

$267

Dress Circle (DC)

$359

$228

$259

$330

$378

$330

Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$328

$187

$228

$267

$330

$267

Orchestra (ORC) or Grand Tier (GT)

$532

$318

$397

$468

$588

$468

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

$745

$479

$570

$681

$813

$681

Box Seats (BOX)

$955

$614

$705

$888

$1,017

$888

If you have specific seating requests, including accessibility needs, please contact the Box Office.

English supertitles are visible from all sections. Design Your Own Series are available beginning in May 2013.

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ISABEL LEONARD STARS IN THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

COMPLETE YOUR SEASON Subscribers have priority access to purchase additional tickets months before tickets go on sale to the general public. Purchase tickets to operas not included in your subscription series, or treat friends and family to any of the season’s performances at discounted subscriber-only prices. As an added benefit, subscribers may exchange additional (add-on) tickets using subscriber exchange privileges.

SUBSCRIBER ADD-ON SECTION

Main Stage Operas Except Dutchman M–TH

F–SU

M–TH

F–SU

Balcony Side (BLS)*

$23 / $25

$28 / $30

$27 / $29

$32 / $34

Balcony Rear (BLR)

$30 / $34

$64 / $68

$33 / $37

$66 / $70

Balcony Front (BLF)

$64 / $69

$89 / $94

$73 / $78

$100 / $105

Balcony Circle (BC)

$95

$112

$105

$121

Dress Circle 2 (DC2)

$95

$135

$105

$143

$117

$135

$126

$143

Dress Circle (DC) Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$95

$117

$105

$126

Orchestra (ORC) or Grand Tier (GT)

$167

$212

$174

$217

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

$233

$279

$259

$309

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

$233

$279

$259

$309

Box Seats (BOX)

$302

$347

$325

$375

*Limited availability in Balcony Side; please provide alternate-choice dates and sections. OperaVision performances include a discounted per-ticket service fee for subscriber add-on tickets (Balcony Side $2, Balcony Rear $4 and Balcony Front $5) to offset the cost of this service. Deposited monies do not guarantee seating selections (for details, please see page 29). Cast, programs, prices and schedule are subject to change.

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Tickets are subject to availability. Subscriber add-on orders will be given the best available seats after subscription orders have been filled. Subscribers are not guaranteed their subscription seats or adjacent seats on additional ticket purchases. Tickets will be mailed in July. Premium sections are not available for Opening Night (September 6, 2013) unless purchased for Opera Ball. English supertitles are visible from all sections.

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Get closer to opera Enrich your experience and learn more about the operas in your series. SFOPERA.COM Read program notes and plot synopses, listen to audio clips and watch current production videos available prior to each opera’s opening night.

CONNECT WITH US sfopera.com/blog

PRE-OPERA TALKS Before every performance, charismatic music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background. Talks begin 55 minutes prior to curtain (except Opening Night, Sep 6, 2013). Visit sfopera.com/operatalks.

INSIGHT PANELS Renowned artists and personalities from the world of opera, and often cast members and directors from the shows, share behind-the-scenes insights and experiences during informal panel discussions. Visit sfopera.com/insights.

OPERA PREVIEWS Opera Guild Previews feature renowned musicologists and other experts who offer fresh, in-depth looks into the season’s upcoming operas to communities around the Bay Area. Visit sfopera.com/previews.

JOIN BRAVO! CLUB Join BRAVO! CLUB and meet other operaloving, young professionals ages 21–40. Members enjoy events and ticket discounts throughout the year. Visit sfopera.com/bravo.

KQED TV BROADCASTS Check local listings on KQED-TV in summer 2013 for select San Francisco Opera performances from recent seasons.

RADIO BROADCASTS San Francisco Opera performances from recent seasons air the first Sunday of every month on Classical KDFC 90.3/89.9/104.9 FM. In the summer and early fall, broadcasts also air on the WFMT Radio Network across the country. Visit sfopera.com/broadcast for other ways to listen on KDFC and WFMT.

Photo: Cory Weaver

OPERAVISION IN THE BALCONY Select performances feature high-definition video projection screens on the Balcony level, bringing audiences closer to the action on stage. Subtitles are shown at the bottom of each screen. Visit sfopera.com/operavision. To experience OperaVision at every opera in your series, choose Series M, R, R+RBW, RBW, N, O or S (look for the symbol). OperaVision is made possible by the Koret-Taube Media Suite. Series pricing with OperaVision performances include a discounted per-ticket service fee (Balcony Side $2, Balcony Rear $4 and Balcony Front $5) to offset the cost of this service.

ENGLISH SUPERTITLES Like the subtitles that accompany foreign language films, all of our operas are performed with supertitles—English paraphrases of the text projected on a screen above the stage.

OVERTURE WORKSHOPS These interactive workshops for adults take you through the journey of creating an opera. Sessions held in fall and spring. Sign up for E-Opera to receive invitations.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS San Francisco Opera and the Opera Guild provide programs for K–12 students and educators, helping to keep the arts alive. The Opera also provides programs for adults, university students and families. Visit sfopera.com/education. 23


BECOME AN OPERA INSIDER Contribute to San Francisco Opera and come closer to this amazing art form. Your investment in San Francisco Opera helps us deliver world-class performances, train the stars of tomorrow, bring opera education to local schools and present free community events. Great opera can enrich your life and transform our community. Help us continue this tradition by joining our family of generous contributors. For details about giving levels and donor benefits, please call (415) 565-6416 or visit sfopera.com/support.

PATRONS ($75–$2,999)

Gain deeper insights into the season with exclusive publications and our popular annual season preview CDs. Attend rehearsals and learn about opera from leading singers and production artists at panel discussions. Enjoy a first glimpse of the new class of Adler Fellows—our internationally renowned young artist training program.

MEDALLION SOCIETY ($3,000–$24,999)

Join our most involved group of patrons and become part of a community of insiders. Enjoy exclusive receptions, our annual Medallion Society luncheon and conveniences including reserved parking, free ticket exchanges and special seating priority. At higher levels, enjoy access to the Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Intermezzo Lounge as well as intimate artistic demonstrations.

LEADERSHIP GIVING ($25,000 AND ABOVE)

Leadership donors believe that opera is a transformative art form and wish to have a significant impact on the annual success of San Francisco Opera. Join our innermost circle of supporters and make a lasting investment in the Company’s future while enjoying exclusive access to programs, artists and leaders in recognition of your support.

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IDER Other Ways to Get Involved CAMERATA ($75,000+ ABOVE ANNUAL SUPPORT)

Join our visionary group of donors who, with multi-year commitments above and beyond their annual support, help realize David Gockley’s vision for the Company: creating exciting new works, assembling star-studded casts, showcasing the artistry of Music Director Nicola Luisotti and harnessing new media to expand audiences. Call Andrew Morgan at (415) 565-3266 for details.

DESIGNATED GIVING ($5,000–$25,000+)

Direct your annual support to things you are most passionate about: media outreach, opera education or Adler Fellowships. Become an affiliate sponsor and fund an artistic component of a single production: costumes, chorus, orchestra and more. Call Judith Frankel at (415) 551-6226 for details.

LEGACY GIVING Remember San Francisco Opera in your estate plan. Endowment and legacy giving can provide financial advantages to you, while helping to ensure the future of San Francisco Opera, and provide a cushion of support during challenging economic times. Call Mark Jones at (415) 565-3206 for details.

In keeping with IRS regulations, the fair-market value of certain membership benefits and privileges may reduce tax deductibility. The value of these benefits will be noted in San Francisco Opera’s acknowledgement of your gift. Per IRS guidelines, contributions received through IRAs or donor advised funds are not eligible for benefits. Please call Andy Maguire at (415) 551-6318 with any questions. Photos by Drew Altizer

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2013-14 Calendar

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MEPHISTOPHELES

SEPTEMBER 2013 SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

1

2

3

4

5 ROSH HASHANAH

EREV ROSH HASHANAH

8

Opera in the Park

9

10

11 Mephistopheles 12

16

17 Mephistopheles 18

R, S RBW

Claiborne 23

22

M, O

7:30pm

24 Mephistopheles 25

C

2pm

D, F

8pm

R, T

SAT

6

Mephistopheles

A

8pm

13

7:30pm D, E

1:30pm

15

FRI

14 Mephistopheles EREV YOM KIPPUR

Claiborne 19

7

J, K

YOM KIPPUR

8pm

20 Mephistopheles 21

8pm G, H

7:30pm

Claiborne 26

27

28

Claiborne

J, L

7:30pm

8pm

29 Mephistopheles 30

M, N

2pm

OCTOBER 2013 SUN

MON

TUE 1

A, B 6

7

8

A, C 13

20

M, N

14

Falstaff 21 2pm

27

Falstaff 28

W

2pm

WED Claiborne

2 Mephistopheles

8pm

X

Falstaff

9

3

4

G, I

7:30pm 10

11

G, H

Falstaff 16

D, E

7:30pm

A, B

FRI

8pm

15

22

THU

Dutchman 23 8pm

29

17

18

24

Falstaff 25

R, S

7:30pm

RBW

30

Falstaff 31

X

7:30pm

D, F

SAT Claiborne

5

8pm

Falstaff 12 8pm 19

Verdi Requiem

8pm

26

Dutchman

J, K

8pm

Dutchman 7:30pm

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

Fast, Easy Exchanges

Highlighted boxes denote opening performances.

Customized Full and Half Series early exchange benefit: At the time of the initial subscription purchase, Full Series subscribers may arrange early exchanges for up to three performances per subscription; Half Series subscribers may arrange

early exchanges for up to two performances per subscription. Available only at the time of initial order, by phone or in person; not available by mail, fax or online.

The general exchange period opens in mid-June 2013: • A  ll subscribers: no-fee exchanges for subscription tickets or add-on tickets to another performance of the same opera. • F  ull and Half Series subscribers: exchange to a different opera with no fee. All other series subscribers: exchange to a different opera for $10 per ticket, compared to $25 for nonsubscribers. 26

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• S  ubscribers may exchange tickets over the phone (please have your tickets in hand). • E  xchange tickets in advance, at least 24 hours prior to the performance, subject to availability. There is a $10 fee for exchanges made on the day of the performance for all subscribers.

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MEPHISTOPHELES

DOLORES CLAIBORNE

FALSTAFF

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

NOVEMBER–DECEMBER 2013 SUN

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THU

FRI

SAT

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2

Falstaff

J, L 3

Dutchman

M, N

6

7

Dutchman

R, T 11

Barber 18

M, O 24

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2pm

10

17

4

12

Dutchman 13

X

7:30pm

19

Barber 20

A, C

2pm Barber 25 for Families

2pm

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F

Barber 27

B

7:30pm

8pm

Barber 15

D, E

7:30pm

Dutchman 16

G, I

Barber 21

22

7:30pm

G, H

Adler 28 Gala Concert 7:30pm

8pm

9

7:30pm

Barber 14

R, S

8

8pm

Barber

J, K

8pm

Barber 23

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Barber 30 8pm

THANKSGIVING

Barber

L

8pm Barber for Families

2pm

DECEMBER

1

Barber

W

2pm

J U N E – J U LY 2 0 1 4 SUN 1

MON Show Boat

M, O

2

3

Show Boat

A, C

2pm

8

TUE

9

10

M, N 22

7:30pm

Show Boat 23 2pm

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2pm

W

M, O

17

24

8pm

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5

6

7

Traviata 12

D, E 18

8pm

D, F

7:30pm

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X

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7:30pm

Show Boat 20 7:30pm

G, H

Show Boat 27

D, E

7:30pm

G, H

Show Boat 14 8pm

Traviata

J, L

8pm

Traviata 21 8pm

Butterfly 28 8pm

Butterfly

J, K

8pm

Show Boat

J, K

8pm

JULY

1

Show Boat

2

Show Boat

B

8pm

T

7:30pm

9

8

Traviata

W

2pm

X

7:30pm

13

Traviata 14

15

Butterfly

G, I

Butterfly 19

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6

13

7:30pm

Butterfly 25

A, C

2pm

FRI

Show Boat 11

RBW

Butterfly 16

THU

8pm

R, S 15

WED

3

Butterfly

R, S RBW

Butterfly 10 7:30pm

16

17

4

7:30pm

5

8pm

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I

8pm

18

Traviata

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2pm High-definition video projection screens are featured on the Balcony level for this performance. Visit sfopera.com/operavision. For the most up-to-date calendar of events, visit sfopera.com/calendar. Original photos by: cover/Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera production of The Damnation of Faust; p. 2/Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera production of The Damnation of Faust; p. 3/Nicola Luisotti/Terrence McCarthy; p. 4/Beth Bergman/Metropolitan Opera production of Il Trovatore; p. 5/Brett Coomer/ Houston Grand Opera production of Falstaff; p. 6/Rozarii Lynch/Seattle Opera production of The Flying Dutchman; p. 7/Nicola Luisotti/Terrence McCarthy; p. 8/Giuseppe Finzi/John F. Martin; pp. 8–9/Marie-Noëlle Robert/Théâtre du Châtelet/Teatro Real production of The Barber of Seville; pp. 10–11/Dan

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Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago; p. 12/Ken Howard/San Francisco Opera production of La Traviata; p. 13/Tim Matheson/Vancouver Opera/ Opera Omaha production of Madame Butterfly; p. 22/Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera production of The Barber of Seville; back cover/ Nicola Luisotti/Terrence McCarthy Design: Mission Minded · www.Mission-Minded.com

LA TRAVIATA

MADAME BUTTERFLY


SPECIAL EVENTS Opening Night · September 6, 2013 The City’s Most Magical Evening OPERA BALL 2013

BRAVO! CLUB GALA

San Francisco Opera Guild Event Chairs Ann Girard and Mai Shiver invite you to celebrate the opening night of San Francisco Opera’s 91st season. Pre-performance cocktails and a sumptuous dinner are followed by a performance of Boito’s Mephistopheles, 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 SF Opera Guild at (415) 565-3204 or sfopera.com/operaball2013.

Event chairs Sia Chronis and Lauren Groff invite you to the BRAVO! CLUB’s annual black-tie gala. Celebrate San Francisco Opera’s 91st season with other young opera lovers! Enjoy cocktails prior to Boito’s Mephistopheles, followed by dancing into the wee hours. For tickets and membership information, visit sfopera.com/bravo.

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MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM

SCHWABACHER DEBUT RECITAL SERIES

MEROLA’S SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT

Phillipe Sly, bass-baritone Sunday, April 7, 2013, 5:30pm

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 7:30pm

New York Festival of Song’s Steven Blier Sunday, April 21, 2013, 5:30pm

The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten Thursday, July 11, 2013, 8pm Saturday, July 13, 2013, 2pm

Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano Theo Lebow, tenor Sunday, May 5, 2013, 5:30pm Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary, 2 Lake St. at Arguello Blvd. For more information or for tickets call the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330. THE FUTURE IS NOW: ADLER FELLOWS GALA CONCERT

MEROLA SUMMER OPERA

Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Thursday, August 1, 2013, 8pm Saturday, August 3, 2013, 2pm MEROLA GRAND FINALE

War Memorial Opera House Saturday, August 17, 2013, 7:30pm For tickets, call the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330 beginning in March 2013.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 7:30pm

FREE SIMULCAST AT AT&T PARK WEBCOR BUILDERS PRESENTS OPERA AT THE BALLPARK The 2013–14 Season simulcast will be announced in Summer 2013. sfopera.com/simulcast

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

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FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES MEROLA’S SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT

Yerba Buena Gardens Saturday, July 20, 2013, 2pm OPERA AT STERN GROVE

Sigmund Stern Grove Sunday, August 18, 2013, 2pm SAN FRANCISCO OPERA IN THE PARK

Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park Sunday, September 8, 2013, 1:30pm sfopera.com/park

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How to order

Use this checklist to prepare your order for the 2013–14 Season when ordering by phone, online or in person. 1. Select your Full, Half, Mini or Out of Town series Alternate series 2. Select your seating section Alternate section Seating sections for certain subscription series sell quickly. Please select an alternate series or section, in case your first choice is not available. Full and Half Series early exchanges and the Full Series “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. Performances dropped or exchanged will be permanently released from your series for this season; please provide alternate choices. Note that early exchanges are sold unseated and seats are not likely to be the same as the original subscription seats.

3. Add tickets to other performances not in your subscription, including the Verdi Requiem and The Barber of Seville for Families.

4. Make a contribution. When you donate to San Francisco Opera, your investment helps us deliver world-class performances, train the stars of tomorrow, bring opera education to local schools and present free community events. It also brings you closer to this amazing art form. Please consider making the most generous annual gift you can.

5. Place your order. A note about how we process your order: Checks will be deposited immediately and credit cards will be charged for the full value of your first choice or the full value of your first payment if you have chosen a payment plan. This is not a guarantee of seating. If your final seat assignment is your alternate choice, we will automatically refund or charge the difference due, as appropriate. Please note that we will do our best to accommodate seating requests, however we cannot guarantee the availability of seating in any section or price level. If we cannot seat you in any of your choices, we will contact you to discuss an alternate section, seat, package or a full refund.

ONLINE sfopera.com PHONE (415) 864-3330

IN PERSON San Francisco Opera War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102-4509

BOX OFFICE HOURS Mon 10am–5pm Tue–Fri 10am–6pm Sat 10am–6pm (during performance season)

Seating priority is based upon subscription and contribution history, with greater consideration given to contributions. For information, please call (415) 551-6320.

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

New subscriptions, early exchanges and add-on tickets are sold unseated.

If you do not receive an acknowledgment of your order by email or mail within 14 days, please call us at (415) 864-3330 (Mon 10am–5pm, Tue–Fri 10am–6pm).

If you have specific seating requests, including accessibility needs, please contact the Box Office. Design Your Own Series will be available May 2013.

Cast, programs, prices and schedules are subject to change. All orders are final. No refunds or returns. An $11 handing fee is charged per order.

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COMPANY SPONSORS Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Franklin and Catherine Johnson Mrs. Edmund W. Littlefield Bernard and Barbro Osher Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem

SEASON SPONSOR

DAVI D GOCK LEY General Director

N I COLA LU I SOTTI Music Director

CORPORATE PARTNERS San Francisco Opera is supported, in part, by a grant from Grants for the Arts/ San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

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