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Belliniâ€™s Romeo and Juliet, The Capulets and the Montagues Production photo: Wilfried HĂśsl/ Bavarian State Opera
“The subject is grand, immense, and has a character that is one of the most important creations of the theatre, of all countries and all ages.”–Giuseppe Verdi
GIUSEPPE V ERDI
The desires of a lecherous duke clash with the protective paternal instincts of his court jester in this tragic tale of obsession, devotion and vengeance. Music director Nicola Luisotti leads the season opener, in which soaring melody and a roster of Verdi’s most-loved arias are set in a vibrant San Francisco Opera production.
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION
Two outstanding casts are led by baritone Željko Lucic, whose “superb performance” as Rigoletto at the Paris National Opera (2012) secures his place as “one of today’s pre-eminent Verdi baritones” (Financial Times), and the “arrestingly dark and charismatic” (San Francisco Chronicle) Marco Vratogna, who thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences with his sinister Iago in Otello (2009).
Rigoletto: Željko Lucic/ Marco Vratogna† Gilda: Aleksandra Kurzak* The Duke of Mantua: Francesco Demuro* Maddalena: Kendall Gladen Count Monterone: Robert Pomakov* Sparafucile: Andrea Silvestrelli
Rigoletto: Marco Vratogna Gilda: Albina Shagimuratova The Duke of Mantua: David Lomelí Maddalena: Kendall Gladen Count Monterone: Robert Pomakov Sparafucile: Andrea Silvestrelli
PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 7 8pm · 11 8pm · 15 8pm 18 8pm · 21 8pm · 25 7:30pm†
PRODUCTION Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, and Mrs. Edmund W. Littlefield, are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey. Major support for this production also provided by the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund established by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Mr. Lucic’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti/ Giuseppe Finzi† Stage Director: Harry Silverstein Set Designer: Michael Yeargan Costume Designer: Constance Hoffman Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich *San Francisco Opera debut †Alternate cast
Photo: Željko Luci´c and Diana Damrau in Metropolitan Opera production of Rigoletto by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 8 8pm · 12 7:30pm · 16 2pm 19 7:30pm · 23 2pm · 30 2pm†
OperaVision in balcony. OperaVision for the performance on September 15 will be shown in simulcast aspect ratio (widescreen format). Approximate running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles
CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES
V INCENZO BELLINI’S ROMEO AND JULIE T The heartbreaking story of Romeo and Juliet is retold through Bellini’s exquisite, gracefully flowing music. Two young lovers from feuding families are portrayed by remarkably agile vocalists: recent Grammy® winner Joyce DiDonato, praised by The New York Times for her “glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent,” and BBC Singer of the World competition winner Nicole Cabell. The breathtakingly beautiful production features costumes by fashion designer Christian Lacroix. NEW PRODUCTION
Giulietta (Juliet): Nicole Cabell* Romeo: Joyce DiDonato Tebaldo (Tybalt): Saimir Pirgu* Capellio: Eric Owens
SEPTEMBER 29 8pm
PRODUCTION Conductor: Riccardo Frizza Director: Vincent Boussard* Set Designer: Vincent Lemaire* Costume Designer: Christian Lacroix* Lighting Designer: Guido Levi* *San Francisco Opera debut
OCTOBER 3 7:30pm · 11 7:30pm 16 8pm · 19 8pm
· 14 2pm
OperaVision in balcony. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Bavarian State Opera Sung in Italian with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn. Ms. DiDonato’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.
Photo: The Capulets and the Montagues by Wilfried Hösl/ Bavarian State Opera
MOBY-DICK Music by JAK E
BEN HEPPNER sfopera.com/mobydick
HEGGIE · Libretto by GENE SCHEER BEN HEPPNER
A masterpiece of American literature is transformed into a “powerful and emotionally irresistible” (San Francisco Chronicle) opera by Dead Man Walking composer Jake Heggie. Ben Heppner’s Captain Ahab, who risks the lives of his shipmates to pursue an obsessive quest, “is every bit as tragic as Lohengrin, Tristan, or Otello” (Associated Press). Sharing the role is Jay Hunter Morris, whose “astonishing vocal command” as Captain Ahab in San Diego (2012) was “nothing less than miraculous” (Kenneth Herman, SanDiego.com). Patrick Summers conducts. COMPANY PREMIERE
Greenhorn (Ishmael): Stephen Costello* Captain Ahab: Ben Heppner/ Jay Hunter Morris† Starbuck: Morgan Smith Queequeg: Jonathan Lemalu* Pip: Talise Trevigne* Flask: Matthew O’Neill Stubb: Robert Orth
OCTOBER 10 7:30pm · 13 8pm · 18 7:30pm 21 2pm · 23 8pm · 26 8pm · 30 7:30pm†
Photo: Ben Heppner in Moby-Dick by Karen Almond/the Dallas Opera
Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by the Carol Franc Buck Foundation, Leslie and George Hume, the Koret Foundation and Tad and Dianne Taube. Mr. Heppner’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.
*San Francisco Opera debut †Alternate cast
Approximate running time: 3 hours including one intermission Commissioned and produced by San Francisco Opera in partnership with the Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera, and the State Opera of South Australia. Sung in English with English supertitles
Conductor: Patrick Summers Director: Leonard Foglia Set Designer: Robert Brill* Projection Designer: Elaine McCarthy* Costume Designer: Jane Greenwood Movement Director: Keturah Stickann*
OperaVision in balcony.
NOVEMBER 2 8pm†
Puccini’s masterful melodrama is a sexually charged, edge-of-your-seat thriller in which a great singer, a rebellious painter and a corrupt police chief engage in a deadly test of wills. Music director Nicola Luisotti, “one of his generation’s most accomplished Puccini conductors” (Opera News), leads two magnificent casts.
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION
One stars Angela Gheorghiu, who inspired a Times (London) critic to write: “I don’t think I have heard Tosca’s love music more beautifully sung in the theater.” Massimo Giordano, “a tenor with a true Italianate sound” (Opera News), and Roberto Frontali, who brought “dramatic intensity” (San Francisco Chronicle) to the role of Sherriff Jack Rance in The Girl of the Golden West (2010), complete the fatal love triangle.
The next cast stars Patricia Racette, “a versatile, dramatically astute performer with a proven knack for Puccini” (The New York Times), with Adler Fellow Brian Jagde in his role debut as Cavaradossi and Mark Delavan (Wotan in the Ring cycle, 2011) as a “menacing yet elegantly mannered” (The New York Times) Scarpia.
Two superstar sopranos and one fiery, impetuous diva: Puccini’s definitive tale of passion, corruption and betrayal.
PATRICIA RACETTE sfopera.com/tosca
Floria Tosca: Angela Gheorghiu Mario Cavaradossi: Massimo Giordano* Baron Scarpia: Roberto Frontali
Floria Tosca: Patricia Racette Mario Cavaradossi: Brian Jagde Baron Scarpia: Mark Delavan
DECEMBER 1 8pm†
PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti/ Giuseppe Finzi† Stage Director: Jose Maria Condemi Production Designer: Thierry Bosquet Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich *San Francisco Opera debut †Alternate cast
· 27 8pm
DECEMBER 2 2pm† OperaVision in balcony. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by the Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Fund, the Koret Foundation, Tad and Dianne Taube and United. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Ms. Gheorghiu’s and Ms. Racette’s appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel. Photos: Angela Gheorghiu by Ken Howard; Patricia Racette by Scott Suchman/Washington National Opera
· 21 7:30pm
NOVEMBER 16 8pm · 20 8pm · 24 8pm 29 7:30pm
NOVEMBER 15 7:30pm · 18 2pm 25 2pm · 28 7:30pm
LOHENGRIN RICHARD WAGNER A struggle for political power turns into a test of faith in this transcendent tale of human frailty and divine intervention. Nicola Luisotti conducts his first Wagner opera for San Francisco Opera with a radiant cast led by Camilla Nylund and Brandon Jovanovich (Siegmund in Die Walküre, 2011), a tenor who sings with “virile, clarion power” (Opera News). Daniel Slater’s “thoughtful and tasteful” production (Associated Press) also features veteran Wagnerians Kristinn Sigmundsson, Gerd Grochowski and Petra Lang. PRODUCTION NEW TO SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
Lohengrin: Brandon Jovanovich Elsa von Brabant: Camilla Nylund* Ortrud: Petra Lang Friedrich von Telramund: Gerd Grochowski Heinrich der Vogler: Kristinn Sigmundsson King’s Herald: Brian Mulligan
OCTOBER 20 7pm · 24 7pm
PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Daniel Slater Production Designer: Robert Innes Hopkins Lighting Designer: Simon Mills Movement Director: Leah Hausman *San Francisco Opera debut
· 28 1pm
· 31 7pm
NOVEMBER 3 7pm · 6 7pm · 9 7pm OperaVision in balcony. Approximate running time: 4 hours, 20 minutes including two intermissions Co-production of Houston Grand Opera and Grand Théâtre de Genève Sung in German with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Photo: Brandon Jovanovich in San Francisco Opera production of Die Walküre by Cory Weaver
TALES OF HOFFMANN
MATTHEW POLENZANI sfopera.com/hoffmann
JACQUES OFFENBACH Natalie Dessay, “one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world” (The New York Times), displays her remarkable versatility by singing four roles in this enthralling tale of thwarted passion, “one of the grandest and most expressive of all 19th-century French operas” (National Public Radio). Acclaimed tenor Matthew Polenzani “scored a triumph as Hoffmann’s titular, tortured poet” with his performance at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (2011), “offering an intelligently conceived, internally focused characterization in support of his brilliant singing” (Opera News). Alice Coote, “unforgettable” and “brilliant” (Financial Times) in San Francisco Opera’s Werther (2010), is Nicklausse and The Muse. NEW PRODUCTION
Hoffmann: Matthew Polenzani Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella: Natalie Dessay Nicklausse, The Muse: Alice Coote Coppélius, Dapertutto, Dr. Miracle, Lindorf: Christian Van Horn
JUNE 2013 5 7:30pm · 11 8pm · 14 8pm · 20 7:30pm 23 2pm · 27 7:30pm · 30 2pm
Photo: Matthew Polenzani by Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago
Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund, The Thomas Tilton Production Fund and Chevron. Ms. Dessay’s and Mr. Polenzani’s appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.
*San Francisco Opera debut
Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions Co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) Sung in French with English supertitles
Conductor: Patrick Fournillier Director: Laurent Pelly Set Designer: Chantal Thomas Associate Director: Christian Räth Dramaturg: Agathe Melinand
OperaVision in balcony.
JULY 2013 3 7:30pm · 6 8pm
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZ ART Trickery flirts with tragedy in Mozart’s emotionally nuanced tale of romantic temptation, in which four young lovers learn more about each other—and themselves—than they bargained for. Music director Nicola Luisotti conducts a dynamic young cast that includes Ellie Dehn, “a charismatic soprano with great stage presence” (Wall Street Journal) and Heidi Stober, who possesses a “rare vivacity of voice and personality” (Houston Chronicle). The production, which sets the action in Monte Carlo during World War I, “illuminates” this Mozart favorite, “skillfully balancing the demands of comedy and seriousness” (San Francisco Chronicle). SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION
Fiordiligi: Ellie Dehn Dorabella: Christel Lötzsch* Despina: Heidi Stober/Susannah Biller† Ferrando: Francesco Demuro Guglielmo: Philippe Sly* Don Alfonso: Marco Vinco
JUNE 2013 9 2pm · 12 7:30pm · 18 8pm 26 7:30pm · 29 8pm†
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Jose Maria Condemi Production Designer: Robert Perdziola
*San Francisco Opera debut †Alternate cast
· 21 8pm
JULY 2013 1 7:30pm † OperaVision in balcony. Approximate running time: 3 hours, 25 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Opera Monte Carlo Sung in Italian with English supertitles This production is made possible, in part, by San Francisco Opera Guild. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Photo: San Francisco Opera production of Così fan tutte by Terrence McCarthy
NATHAN GUNN sfopera.com/magdalene
GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE
M ARK A DA MO Drawing from modern scholarship, Mark Adamo’s world premiere re-imagines the story of Jesus and the people closest to him—including the misunderstood woman who loved him most dearly, and heard his message most clearly. Adamo writes music of “beauty and emotional accessibility” (San Francisco Chronicle). The superb cast of this world premiere is led by Sasha Cooke, William Burden and Maria Kanyova. Nathan Gunn, who possesses “a voice of stunning authority” (The New York Times), sings the role of Yeshua. WORLD PREMIERE
Mary Magdalene: Sasha Cooke* Miriam: Maria Kanyova Peter: William Burden Yeshua: Nathan Gunn
JUNE 2013 19 7:30pm · 22 8pm · 25 8pm · 28 8pm
Photo: Nathan Gunn in Pittsburgh Opera production of Billy Budd by David Bachman/Pittsburgh Opera
The world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is made possible, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
*San Francisco Opera debut
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Commissioned by San Francisco Opera Sung in English with English supertitles
Conductor: Michael Christie* Director: Kevin Newbury* Set Designer: David Korins* Costume Designer: Constance Hoffman Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich
· 7 2pm
OperaVision in balcony.
JULY 2013 2 7:30pm · 5 8pm
OPER A FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
THE SECRET GARDEN AT CAL PERFORMANCES, ZELLERBACH HALL, UC BERKELEY
The beloved classic of children’s literature comes alive in a new opera created for the entire family. A pampered young girl born to privilege finds herself alone in a bleak and unfamiliar land, until she discovers the hidden wonder of an abandoned secret garden. Unexpected friendships and a new life blossom as she makes the garden flourish again, leading both young and old toward a path of healing and understanding. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. WORLD PREMIERE
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Music by Nolan Gasser • Libretto by Carey Harrison Commissioned by San Francisco Opera Co-production with Cal Performances
The Edmund and Jeannik Littlefield Foundation is proud to support this production.
MARCH 2013: 1 7:30pm · 2 7:30pm · 3 3pm · 9 7:30pm · 10 3pm
Director: Jose Maria Condemi Visual Designer: Naomie Kremer Costume Designer: Kristi Johnson Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich
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ZELLERBACH HALL UC BERKELEY
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San Francisco Opera’s renowned Resident Artists, the 2012 Adler Fellows, present an evening of unforgettable music in their final concert of the year. Teaming up with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the immensely talented young singers will perform works by opera’s great composers.
OPERA AT STERN GROVE Sigmund Stern Grove Sunday, August 19, 2012, 2pm
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Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park Sunday, September 9, 2012, 1:30pm sfopera.com/park
Rigoletto Saturday, September 15, 2012, 8pm Join us for Verdi’s Rigoletto, transmitted live from the Opera House to the big screen at AT&T Park! sfopera.com/simulcast Photo: Cory Weaver
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