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The Moment that Magic Happens Welcome to our 90th Season, a season full of vocal glamour and theatrical brilliance.

DAVID GOCKLEY

Music Director Nicola Luisotti opens the 2012–13 Season with two incredible casts in our classic production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. He goes on to conduct NICOLA LUISOTTI Lohengrin, his first Wagner opera in San Francisco, before closing the fall season with not just one, but two, of today’s leading Toscas: Angela Gheorghiu and Patricia Racette. In the summer, he leads a bright, young ensemble cast in Così fan tutte. We look forward to another great season guided by his musical leadership. Other highlights include the extraordinary Natalie Dessay portraying all four heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann, as well as a beautiful new production of The Capulets and the Montagues with stunning costumes designed by French fashion icon Christian Lacroix and starring the incomparable Joyce DiDonato. I am also pleased to present Jake Heggie’s powerful new opera Moby-Dick, as well as the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. The Secret Garden, our family co-production with Cal Performances, will be the perfect way to introduce young people to the opera. With each cast and production we endeavor to create something memorable, something magical. I hope you’ll join us!

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RIGOLETTO

THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES

Giuseppe Verdi

Vincenzo Bellini’s ROMEO AND JULIET

LOHENGRIN

MOBY-DICK

Richard Wagner

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer

TOSCA

THE TALES OF HOFFMANN

Giacomo Puccini

Jacques Offenbach

COSÌ FAN TUTTE

THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mark Adamo

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ŽELJKO LUCIC

“The subject is grand, immense, and there is a character that is one of the greatest creations that the theatre can boast of, in any country and in all history.”–Giuseppe Verdi

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RIGOLETTO GIUSEPPE V ERDI · Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave One of opera’s most vivid and compelling characters, a vengeful court jester, desperately tries to protect his daughter from disaster in this heart-wrenching tragedy. The first of two world-class casts led by music director Nicola Luisotti stars Željko Luˇci´c, “whose vocal artistry is exceptional” (The New York Times); Aleksandra Kurzak, “a superstar in the making” (The Guardian, London); and, as the lecherous Duke, Francesco Demuro, “whose open, bright, superbly focused tone was reminiscent of Pavarotti” (Opera News). The equally impressive next cast stars Marco Vratogna, who, as the sinister Iago in Otello (2009), thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences with his “vocal power and theatrical electricity” (San Francisco Chronicle); Albina Shagimuratova, “a phenomenon that must be heard to be believed” (Opera News); and former Adler Fellow David Lomelí, a “breakout star with a honeyed sound” (The New Yorker). SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION

CAST

CAST

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

PERFORMANCES

SEPTEMBER 7 8pm · 11 8pm · 15 8pm 18 8pm · 21 8pm · 25 7:30pm†

SEPTEMBER 8 8pm · 12 7:30pm · 16 2pm 19 7:30pm · 23 2pm · 30 2pm

PRODUCTION

OperaVision in balcony. See page 23. OperaVision for the performance on September 15 will be shown in simulcast aspect ratio (widescreen format).

Luisotti

Lucic

Kurzak

Demuro

Gladen

Silvestrelli

of Rigoletto by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Farrow, 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.

Lomelí

Photo: Željko Lucic´ and Diana Damrau in Metropolitan Opera 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 Farrow.

Shagimuratova

*San Francisco Opera debut †Alternate cast

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Vratogna

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Stage Director: Harry Silverstein Set Designer: Michael Yeargan Costume Designer: Constance Hoffman

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THE

CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES

V INCENZO BELLINI’S ROMEO AND JULIE T The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired some of Shakespeare’s finest verse—and some of Bellini’s most beautiful melodies. “An opera of definite dramatic appeal” (The New York Times) awash in “music of extraordinary grace” (All Music Guide), this bel canto masterpiece features international stars Joyce DiDonato, a singer of “glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent,” and Nicole Cabell, who “wields her radiant lyric soprano like a silken lasso” (The New York Times). Costumes are by world-renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix; set designer Vincent Lemaire has created “dramatically powerful visual statements” (Opera Today) for the production; director Vincent Boussard “effectively underscores the claustrophobic, helpless situation of both lovers” (Opera News). Riccardo Frizza, praised by The New Yorker for his “crisp and idiomatic conducting,” leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. NEW PRODUCTION

CAST

PERFORMANCES

Giulietta (Juliet): Nicole Cabell* Romeo: Joyce DiDonato Tebaldo (Tybalt): Saimir Pirgu* Capellio: Eric Owens

SEPTEMBER 29 8pm OCTOBER 3 7:30pm · 11 7:30pm 19 8pm

· 14 2pm

· 16 8pm

OperaVision in balcony. See page 23.

PRODUCTION

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Bavarian State Opera Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza Director: Vincent Boussard* Set Designer: Vincent Lemaire* Costume Designer: Christian Lacroix*

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.

*San Francisco Opera debut

Owens

Pirgu

DiDonato

Cabell

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Photo: Bavarian State Opera production of The Capulets and the Montagues by Wilfried Hösl/Bavarian State Opera


BEN HEPPNER sfopera.com/mobydick

MOBY-DICK Music by JAK E

HEGGIE · Libretto by GENE SCHEER

“Achingly beautiful, magnificently sung and gorgeously staged…the audience responded with an eight-minute standing ovation” (Associated Press). Composer Jake Heggie, in his “finest creation since Dead Man Walking,” and librettist Gene Scheer adapt Herman Melville’s meditation on man and the sea into “a vibrant, compelling piece of musical theater” (San Francisco Chronicle). A cast of brilliant singing actors is led by Ben Heppner as the fierce, obsessive whaling-boat captain whose descent into madness puts his crew in mortal danger. “It would be difficult to imagine a performer better suited to convey Ahab’s complex mix of demoniac compulsion and fleeting heroism,” raved The New York Times, which also praised conductor Patrick Summers’ “lyrical flow and suitably stormy climaxes.” COMPANY PREMIERE

CAST

PERFORMANCES

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 23 8pm · 26 8pm · 30 7:30pm†

PRODUCTION Conductor: Patrick Summers Director: Leonard Foglia Set Designer: Robert Brill* Costume Designer: Jane Greenwood Movement Director: Keturah Stickann*

OperaVision in balcony. See page 23. 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

Trevigne

Lemalu

Smith

Morris

Photo: Ben Heppner and Morgan Smith in The Dallas Opera production of Moby-Dick by Karen Almond/The Dallas Opera

Heppner

Costello

NOVEMBER 2 8pm†

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

Summers

· 21 2pm


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ANGELA GHEORGHIU

TOSCA GIACOMO PUCCINI · Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa 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 astonishing casts. One stars Angela Gheorghiu, “in a part she seems to have been born to play” (Opera Today) and “who, like Tosca, is a born diva” (The Independent, London); Massimo Giordano, praised by The New York Times for his “ardent, expressive singing”; and veteran baritone Roberto Frontali, who brought “vocal brass and weight” (The Dallas Morning News) to San Francisco Opera’s The Girl of the Golden West (2010). SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION

The next cast stars Patricia Racette, who “tapped into Tosca’s combination of regal and all-toohuman traits and backed up her vibrant characterization with singing of considerable expressive fire” (Opera News); tenor Brian Jagde, lauded for his “beautiful singing, now nuanced, now ringing and forceful” (Washington Post); and Mark Delavan (Wotan in the Ring cycle, 2011), a singer of “ferocious power” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Two superstar sopranos and one fiery, impetuous diva: Puccini’s definitive tale of passion, corruption and betrayal.

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PATRICIA RACETTE sfopera.com/tosca

CAST

CAST

Floria Tosca: Angela Gheorghiu Mario Cavaradossi: Massimo Giordano* Baron Scarpia: Roberto Frontali

Floria Tosca: Patricia Racette Mario Cavaradossi: Brian Jagde Baron Scarpia: Mark Delavan

PERFORMANCES

PERFORMANCES

NOVEMBER 15 7:30pm · 18 2pm 28 7:30pm

NOVEMBER 16 8pm · 20 8pm · 24 8pm

· 21 7:30pm · 25 2pm

· 27 8pm · 29 7:30pm

DECEMBER 2 2pm

DECEMBER 1 8pm OperaVision in balcony. See page 23. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles

PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Stage Director: Jose Maria Condemi Production Designer: Thierry Bosquet Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich

Delavan

Frontali

Giordano

Racette

Gheorghiu

Luisotti

Photos: Angela Gheorghiu by Ken Howard Patricia Racette by Scott Suchman/ Washington National Opera

Jagde

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 Farrow, 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.


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BRANDON JOVANOVICH

LOHENGRIN RICHARD WAGNER · Libretto by the composer The prayers of a desperate woman are answered in the form of a noble warrior in Wagner’s most accessible opera, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, “a first-rate Wagner tenor” (San Francisco Chronicle) who was an electrifying Siegmund in Die Walküre (2011). As his doubtplagued bride, soprano Camilla Nylund “evokes an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa’s account of her mysterious savior” (Gramophone). Daniel Slater’s “thoughtful and tasteful” production (Associated Press) also features veteran Wagnerians Kristinn Sigmundsson, Gerd Grochowski and Petra Lang. Nicola Luisotti conducts his first Wagner opera for San Francisco Opera.

PRODUCTION NEW TO SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

Lohengrin tickets are priced $5–$45 lower when purchased as a part of a Full or Half Series.

CAST

PERFORMANCES

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

NOVEMBER 3 7pm · 6 7pm · 9 7pm OperaVision in balcony. See page 23. 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 Farrow, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata.

Sigmundsson

Grochowski

Lang

Nylund

Jovanovich

Luisotti

· 31 7pm

Photo: Brandon Jovanovich in San Francisco Opera production of Die Walküre by Cory Weaver

*San Francisco Opera debut

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NATALIE DESSAY sfopera.com/hoffmann

THE

TALES OF HOFFMANN

JACQUES OFFENBACH · Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré A sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in this marvelously melodic masterpiece. The always-astonishing Natalie Dessay, who triumphed in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor (2008), portrays the four very different women who capture Hoffmann’s heart. Tenor Matthew Polenzani, who “has long been admired for the refinement and expressivity of his singing” (The New York Times), sings the title role; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, “unforgettable” and “brilliant” (Financial Times) in San Francisco Opera’s Werther (2010), is Nicklausse, The Muse; charismatic bass-baritone Christian Van Horn performs the villains who thwart Hoffmann’s desires. Laurent Pelly (The Daughter of the Regiment, 2009) directs a new production of this richly imaginative, psychologically astute gem. NEW PRODUCTION

CAST

PERFORMANCES

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

PRODUCTION

Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions Co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) Sung in French with English supertitles

JULY 2013 3 7:30pm · 6 8pm OperaVision in balcony. See page 23.

Conductor: Patrick Fournillier Director: Laurent Pelly Set Designer: Chantal Thomas Associate Director: Christian Räth Dramaturg: Agatha Melinand

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 and The Thomas Tilton Production Fund. 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

Coote

Van Horn

Dessay

Polenzani

Fournillier

Photo: Natalie Dessay by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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COSÌ FAN TUTTE WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZ ART · Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte Two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their lovers’ fidelity in this Mozart masterpiece, a sublime and sometimes startling mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama. John Cox’s production, which sets the action in Monte Carlo in 1915, makes for “deliciously vivid theater” (Dallas Morning News). The immensely talented young cast includes Ellie Dehn, “a charismatic soprano with great stage presence” (Wall Street Journal) who sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (2011) and Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (2010); Heidi Stober, who “brought lustrous tone, technical precision and saucy humor” (San Francisco Chronicle) to her role in Xerxes (2011); and Francesco Demuro, “an artist not merely spectacular, but profound” (Seattle Times). Conducting will be music director Nicola Luisotti, “an inexhaustible, graceful conduit of music … always elegant, refined and precise” (Opera News). SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION

CAST

PERFORMANCES

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†

PRODUCTION

Approximate running time: 3 hours, 25 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Opera Monte Carlo Sung in Italian with English supertitles

· 21 8pm

JULY 2013 1 7:30pm † OperaVision in balcony. See page 23.

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Jose Maria Condemi Production Designer: Robert Perdziola

This production is made possible, in part, by San Francisco Opera Guild. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Farrow, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata.

*San Francisco Opera debut †Alternate cast

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Sly

Demuro

Stober

Lötzsch

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Luisotti

Photo: San Francisco Opera production of Così fan tutte by Terrence McCarthy


NATHAN GUNN sfopera.com/magdalene

THE

GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE

M ARK A DA MO · Libretto by the composer She has long been condemned as a harlot, or dismissed as a minor player in a well-known sacred narrative, but ancient manuscripts discovered in recent decades tell a very different story, giving us a striking new viewpoint on Jesus’ message to humanity. Mary Magdalene takes her rightful, and righteous, place at the center of the story in this world premiere by Mark Adamo, a “brilliant theater composer” (The New Yorker) whose Little Women is the most frequently performed opera of the past 20 years. Kevin Newbury, lauded for his “imagination and emotional nuance” (The New York Times), directs a resplendent cast that includes 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. Michael Christie, in his San Francisco Opera debut, conducts. WORLD PREMIERE

CAST

PERFORMANCES

Mary Magdalene: Sasha Cooke* Miriam: Maria Kanyova Peter: William Burden Yeshua: Nathan Gunn

JUNE 2013 19 7:30pm · 22 8pm · 25 8pm · 28 8pm JULY 2013 2 7:30pm · 5 8pm

· 7 2pm

OperaVision in balcony. See page 23.

PRODUCTION

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes San Francisco Opera production Commissioned by San Francisco Opera Sung in English with English supertitles

Conductor: Michael Christie* Director: Kevin Newbury* *San Francisco Opera debut

The world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is made possible, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gunn

Burden

Kanyova

Cooke

Christie

Photo: Nathan Gunn in Pittsburgh Opera production of Billy Budd by David Bachman/Pittsburgh Opera

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS At Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

OPERA FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

THE SECRET GARDEN WORLD PREMIERE

Music by Nolan Gasser Libretto by Carey Harrison Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett Co-production with Cal Performances MARCH 2013: 1 7:30pm · 2 7:30pm · 3 3pm 9 7:30pm · 10 3pm

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Widely credited as one of the supreme artistic achievements of the 20th century, Einstein on the Beach is recognized as one of director/designer Robert Wilson and composer Philip Glass’s great masterpieces. New audiences and an entirely new generation will have the opportunity to experience the piece live as this reconstructed seminal work comes to Cal Performances as part of a major international tour, including the first fully staged performances west of the Mississippi. “An experience to cherish for a lifetime,” says The New York Times. Tickets: $35–$150; visit calperformances.org to order. To make a spectacular weekend, order the Oct. 27 Einstein from Cal Performances and San Francisco Opera’s Out of Town Series, OT2 (see page 21). 12

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W Jun 12 7:30pm

Così

Magdalene

Hoffmann

T

W Jun 19 7:30pm

Th Jun 20 7:30pm

Magdalene

Così

Magdalene

T

W Jun 26 7:30pm

T

Sep 07 8pm Oct 16 8pm Oct 23 8pm Nov 06 7pm Nov 20 8pm Jun 11 8pm Jun 18 8pm Jun 25 8pm

You Pay

$146†

You Save

$43

You Pay

$148†

You Save

Jul 02

You Pay

R R+RBW

7:30pm You Save

$39

$160†

$45 $85

$180

$111

$184

$79

$208†

$365

$190

$370

$168

$400†

$180

$600

$184

$600

$167

$600

$167

$744

$216

$744

$199

$744

$199

$600

$189

$600

$167

$600

$167

$1,056

$322

$1,056

$279

$1,056

$279

$1,056†

$848

$1,056

$805

$1,056

$805

$1,736

$168

$1,736

$125

$1,736

$125

$2,256†

$201

$2,256

$158

$2,256

$158

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. † Limited availability. Please provide alternate choice when ordering. English supertitles are visible from all sections.

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HALF SE

SAVE UP TO 30% Subscribers save up to 30% off singleticket prices.

NO-FEE ADVANCE EXCHANGES

SAVE UP TO 35% ON FRIDAY NIGHTS

No-fee advance exchanges for Half Series subscribers; $10 per ticket for day-of exchanges

Only Full and Half Series subscribers receive Friday night subscription tickets at the lower weekday price.

(see page 26).

WEEKEND SERIES

FA L L 2 012 and S U M M E R 2 013

HALF SERIES PRICING

Fridays

Fridays

SERIES H

SERIES

5 Fri Eves

4 Fri Eves

5 Sat Eves

Rigoletto

Capulets

Rigoletto

F

F

S

Sep 21 8pm

Saturdays I

SERIES

Oct 19 8pm

K

Sep 08 8pm

Moby-Dick

Lohengrin

Moby-Dick

F

F

S

Oct 26 8pm

Nov 09 7pm

Oct 13 8pm

Tosca

Hoffmann

Lohengrin

F

F

S

Nov 16 8pm

Jun 14 8pm

Nov 03 7pm

Così

Magdalene

Così

F

F

S

Jun 21 8pm

Jun 28 8pm

Jun 29 8pm

Magdalene

Hoffmann

F

S

Jul 05

You Pay

8pm You Save

You Pay

You Save

Jul 06

You Pay

8pm You Save

Balcony Side (BLS)

$92†

$46

$72†

$41

Balcony Rear (BLR)

$114†

$211

$88

$173

$229

$101

Balcony Front (BLF)

$230†

$217

$180

$187

$315

$147

Balcony Circle or Dress Circle Rear (BC or DCR)

$375

$180

$300

$159

$445

$125

Dress Circle (DC)

$465

$200

$372

$175

$530

$150

Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$375

$205

$300

$179

$465

$130

Orchestra or Grand Tier (ORC or GT)

$660

$380

$528

$319

$830

$225

Grand Tier Premium 2 (GTP2)

$660†

$695

$528

$600

$1,285

$114

Orchestra Premium or Grand Tier Premium (ORP or GTP) $1,085

$270

$868

$260

$1,285

$114

Box Seats (BOX)

$290

$1,128

$277

$1,615

$130

$1,410

$112†

$31

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.

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New subscriptions and renewals with a requested seating change are sold unseated.


ERIES

WEEK ENDS s fo per a.com

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EARLY TICKET EXCHANGES*

BEST AVAILABILIT Y

Half Series subscribers can exchange up to two performances when you renew or purchase your subscription (next exchange period opens July 2012).

Saturdays SERIES

L

4 Sat Eves

OPERAVISION

Select Series I, L and W for best seating availability.

High-definition screens visible from Balcony Side, Rear and Front. OperaVision surcharge is discounted for subscribers (see page 23).

Sunday Matinees

Sunday Matinees

SERIES N

SERIES O

Weekend Matinees

5 Sun Matinees

4 Sun Matinees

SERIES W 3 Sun Matinees

Capulets

Rigoletto

Capulets

Rigoletto

S

Su Sep 16 2pm

Su Oct 14 2pm

Su Sep 23 2pm

Lohengrin

Moby-Dick

Lohengrin

Tosca

S

Su Oct 21 2pm

Su Oct 28 1pm

Su Nov 25 2pm

Tosca

Tosca

Tosca

Hoffmann

S

Su Nov 18 2pm

Su Dec 02 2pm

Su Jun 30 2pm

Magdalene

Così

Hoffmann

S

Su Jun 09 2pm

Su Jun 23 2pm

Sep 29 8pm Oct 20 7pm Dec 01 8pm Jun 22 8pm

Magdalene Su Jul 07 You Pay

$88†

You Save

You Pay

2pm You Save

You Pay

You Save

You Pay

$70†

You Save

$25

$120†

$30

$96†

$29

$180

$81

$245†

$100

$196†

$85

$143

$59

$248

$119

$335†

$140

$268†

$127

$196

$82

$356

$103

$445

$110

$356

$103

$267

$66

$424

$123

$530

$135

$424

$123

$318

$81

$372

$107

$465

$115

$372

$107

$279

$69

$17

$664

$183

$830

$210

$664

$183

$498

$126

$1,028

$100

$1,285

$70

$1,028

$100

$771

$42

$1,028

$100

$1,285

$70

$1,028

$100

$771

$42

$1,292

$113

$1,615

$85

$1,292

$113

$969

$51

If you have specific seating requests, including accessibility needs, please contact the Box Office. *Half Series early exchanges available only at the time of the initial order, by phone or in person only; not available by mail, fax or online. † Limited availability. Please provide alternate choice when ordering. English supertitles are visible from all sections.

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HALF SE

SAVE UP TO 30% Subscribers save up to 30% off singleticket prices.

NO - FEE ADVANCE EXCHANGES

SAVE UP TO 35% ON FRIDAY NIGHTS

No-fee advance exchanges for Half Series subscribers; $10 per ticket for day-of exchanges (see page 26).

Only Full and Half Series subscribers receive Friday night subscription tickets at the lower weekday price.

MIXED DAYS SERIES

Mixed Days SERIES

FA L L 2 012 and S U M M E R 2 013

SERIES

X

3 Wed Eves, 2 Thu Eves

1 Tue Eve, 1 Wed Eve, 2 Thu Eves

Rigoletto

Capulets

Rigoletto

W Sep 19 7:30pm

Th Oct 11 7:30pm

S

Moby-Dick

Lohengrin

Moby-Dick

Th Oct 18 7:30pm

W Oct 31 7pm

T

Tosca

Hoffmann

Tosca

Th Nov 15 7:30pm

Th Jun 20 7:30pm

W Nov 28 7:30pm

Così

Magdalene

Hoffmann

W Jun 12 7:30pm

T

Th Jun 27 7:30pm

Jul 02

7:30pm

Sep 15 8pm Oct 30 7:30pm

Hoffmann

You Pay

Balcony Side (BLS)

$100†

Balcony Rear (BLR)

$130†

Balcony Front (BLF)

$250†

Balcony Circle or Dress Circle Rear (BC or DCR)

7:30pm You Save

You Pay

You Save

You Pay

$82†

You Save

$25

$80†

$25

$50

$104†

$45

$123

$49

$105

$200†

$96

$212

$89

$375

$95

$300

$91

$314

$79

Dress Circle (DC)

$465

$115

$372

$107

$385

$96

Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$375

$95

$300

$91

$318

$80

Orchestra or Grand Tier (ORC or GT)

$660

$165

$528

$147

$562

$141

Grand Tier Premium 2 (GTP2)

$20

$660

$480

$528

$421

$653

$302

Orchestra Premium or Grand Tier Premium (ORP or GTP) $1,085

$55

$868

$81

$908

$47

Box Seats (BOX)

$75

$1,128

$98

$1,169

$62

$1,410

Deposited monies do not guarantee seating selections (for details, please see page 29).

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

Renewing subscribers who request a series change are not guaranteed their current seats, even when changing from a Full Series to a Half Series.

*Half Series early exchanges available only at the time of the initial order, by phone or in person only; not available by mail, fax or online.

New subscriptions and renewals with a requested seating change are sold unseated.

† Limited availability. Please provide

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SERIES

T

1 Tue Eve, 1 Wed Eve, 1 Thu Eve, 1 Sat Eve

W Jul 03

HALF SERIES PRICING

Mixed Days

Mixed Days RBW

S

alternate choice when ordering. English supertitles are visible from all sections.

Photo: Ken Friedman


ERIES

W E E K DAY S s fo per a.com

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EARLY TICKET EXCHANGES*

Half Series subscribers can exchange up to two performances when you renew or purchase your subscription (next exchange period opens July 2012).

BEST AVAIL ABILIT Y

OPER AVISION High-definition screens visible from Balcony Side, Rear and Front. OperaVision surcharge is discounted for subscribers (see page 23).

Select Series B, F and X for best seating availability.

WEEKDAY SERIES

Tuesdays SERIES

Tuesdays

B A

SERIES

Wednesdays

C

SERIES

Mixed Days

E

SERIES

F

5 Tue Eves

5 Tue Eves

5 Wed Eves

1 Tue Eve, 3 Wed Eves

Rigoletto

Rigoletto

Rigoletto

Rigoletto

T

T

W Sep 12 7:30pm

T

Moby-Dick

Sep 18 8pm

Sep 11 8pm

Moby-Dick

Capulets

Capulets

T

T

W Oct 03 7:30pm

Oct 23 8pm

Oct 16 8pm

Lohengrin

Tosca

Tosca

T

T

W Nov 21 7:30pm

Nov 06 7pm

Nov 20 8pm

Tosca

Hoffmann

Hoffmann

T

T

W Jun 05 7:30pm

Nov 27 8pm

Jun 11 8pm

Così

Magdalene

Magdalene

T

T

W Jun 19 7:30pm

Jun 18 8pm

You Pay

You Save

$92†

Jun 25 8pm

You Pay

You Save

$90†

$26

$20

You Pay

You Save

$92†

Sep 25 7:30pm

W Oct 10 7:30pm

Lohengrin W Oct 24 7pm

Così W Jun 26 7:30pm

You Pay

You Save

$21

$74†

$22

$114

$51

$110

$45

$114

$46

$92

$42

$230

$109

$225

$95

$230

$97

$185

$90

$375

$110

$375

$95

$375

$95

$300

$91

$465

$130

$465

$115

$465

$115

$372

$107

$375

$110

$375

$95

$375

$95

$300

$91

$660

$180

$660

$165

$660

$165

$528

$147

$660†

$517

$660†

$480

$660

$480

$528

$421

$1,085

$92

$1,085

$55

$1,085

$55

$868

$81

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$1,410

$75

$1,128

$98

RAINBOW SERIES RBW

SEE SERIES S FOR PRICING

Mixed Days

3 Wed Eves, 2 Thu Eves

Rigoletto W Sep 19* 7:30pm Moby-Dick Th Oct 18 7:30pm Tosca Th Nov 15 7:30pm Così W Jun 12* 7:30pm Hoffmann W Jul 03 7:30pm *Rainbow Series pre-performance reception nights.

The Rainbow Series provides patrons in the LGBT community with an opportunity to see world class operas and meet new opera-loving friends at the same time. With two receptions* this season––launching the fall and summer series— experience opera not only as an art form but also as a social and community celebration. Upgrade to Full Series R+RBW to see all eight operas, and still enjoy the two receptions before shared performances with Half Series RBW!

sfopera.com/rainbow

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MINI SERIES SAVE UP TO 10%

Select a Mini Series and save up to 10% OR customize your Half Series (pp. 16–19) and save up to 30% when using the Half Series early exchange privileges.*

SERIES START AT $96

NO-FEE ADVANCE EXCHANGES

The Divas Mini Series starts at $96—that’s just $32 per ticket!

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 for details).

FA L L 2 012 and S U M M E R 2 013

Beginners’ Guide To Opera

Maestro Luisotti Conducts

MS1

MS3

Rigoletto Tosca Hoffmann Così

T Sep Th Nov W Jun M Jul

11 8pm 29 7:30pm 05 7:30pm 01 7:30pm

Rigoletto Lohengrin Tosca Così

Beginners’ Guide To Opera

Divas

MS2

MS4

Rigoletto S Sep 15 Tosca S Nov 24 Hoffmann S Jul 06

SECTION

8pm 8pm 8pm

MS1

MS2

T Sep W Oct T Nov W Jun

Capulets W Oct 03 7:30pm Tosca Th Nov 29 7:30pm Hoffmann Th Jun 27 7:30pm

MS3

MS4

T2

Balcony Side (BLS)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Balcony Rear (BLR)

$120

$182

$120

$96

$100

Balcony Front (BLF)

$242

$247

$247

$189

$199

Balcony Circle or Dress Circle Rear (BC or DCR)

$340

$300

$353

$255

$268

Dress Circle (DC)

$416

$360

$430

$312

$326

Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$340

$312

$353

$255

$268

Orchestra or Grand Tier (ORC or GT)

$596

$561

$609

$447

$460

Grand Tier Premium 2 (GTP2)

$868

$771

$903

$651

$686

Orchestra Premium or Grand Tier Premium (ORP or GTP)

$868

$771

$903

$651

$686

$1,128

$969

$1,164

$846

$882

Box Seats (BOX)

18 8pm 24 7pm 27 8pm 26 7:30pm

BRAVO! TRIO SERIES T 2 San Francisco Opera’s Young Professionals Group Join BRAVO! CLUB, a community of art lovers between the ages of 21 and 40, for complimentary receptions* prior to the BRAVO! Trio Series performances.

Capulets Th Oct 11 7:30pm Lohengrin W Oct 31 7pm Hoffmann Th Jun 20 7:30pm

Trio performance dates are shared with BRAVO! Full Series R and Half Series T—upgrade to see more opera and continue to enjoy the Trio receptions!

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*You must be a BRAVO! CLUB member to attend receptions.


OUT OF TOWN SERIES

3 OPERAS IN 3 DAYS

SAVE ON HOTELS AND MUSEUMS

Series start at just $92!

Take advantage of special discounts with partnering hotels and museums. Visit sfopera.com/perks for more information.

Fall 2012 Weekend Getaway

Summer 2013

OT1

OT3

Capulets F Oct 19 Lohengrin S Oct 20 Moby-Dick Su Oct 21

8pm 7pm 2pm

OT4

Special Fall 2012 Weekend OT2

Moby-Dick F Oct 26 Lohengrin Su Oct 28

8pm 1pm

To make a spectacular weekend, order the Oct. 27 Einstein on the Beach from Cal Performances. Einstein tickets are available through calperformances.org. See page 12 for more information.

SECTION

Così T Jun 18 8pm Magdalene W Jun 19 7:30pm Hoffmann Th Jun 20 7:30pm Così M Jul 01 7:30pm Magdalene T Jul 02 7:30pm Hoffmann W Jul 03 7:30pm OT5

Così F Jun 21 Magdalene S Jun 22 Hoffmann Su Jun 23

8pm 8pm 2pm

OT6

Magdalene F Jun 28 Così S Jun 29 Hoffmann Su Jun 30

OT1†

OT2 †

OT3

OT4

8pm 8pm 2pm

OT5 †

OT6 †

Balcony Side (BLS)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Balcony Rear (BLR)

$182

$124

$92

$96

$178

$174

Balcony Front (BLF)

$256

$177

$184

$189

$242

$237

Balcony Circle or Dress Circle Rear (BC or DCR)

$313

$213

$255

$255

$300

$300

Dress Circle (DC)

$373

$253

$312

$312

$360

$360

Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$326

$222

$255

$255

$312

$312

Orchestra or Grand Tier (ORC or GT)

$575

$388

$447

$447

$561

$561

Grand Tier Premium 2 (GTP2)

$813

$556

$651

$651

$771

$771

Orchestra Premium or Grand Tier Premium (ORP or GTP)

$813

$556

$651

$651

$771

$771

$1,012

$689

N/A

$846

$969

$969

Box Seats (BOX)

Mini and Out of Town Series are seated after Full and Half Series. Deposited monies do not guarantee seating selections (for details, please see page 29). 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.

(415) 86 4 -333 0 ·

*Half Series early exchanges available only at the time of the initial order, by phone or in person only; not available by mail, fax or online. English supertitles are visible from all sections. Design Your Own Series are available beginning May 16, 2012. † Limited availability

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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 Lohengrin M–TH

Lohengrin

F–SU

M–TH

F–SU

Balcony Side (BLS)*

$22 / $24

$27 / $29

$27 / $29

Balcony Rear (BLR)

$28 / $32

$61 / $65

$33 / $37

$66 / $70

Balcony Front (BLF)

$61 / $66

$85 / $90

$73 / $78

$100 / $105

$32 / $34

Balcony Circle or Dress Circle Rear (BC or DCR)

$90

$106

$105

$121

Dress Circle (DC)

$111

$128

$126

$143

Orchestra Ring (ORR)

$90

$111

$105

$126

Orchestra or Grand Tier (ORC or GT)

$159

$202

$174

$217

Grand Tier Premium 2 (GTP2)

$222

$265

$259

$309

Orchestra Premium or Grand Tier Premium (ORP or GTP)

$222

$265

$259

$309

Box Seats (BOX)

$287

$330

$325

$375

*Limited availability in Balcony Side, please provide alternate choice dates and sections.

Cast, programs, prices and schedule are subject to change. Prices shown are valid through May 12, 2012.

OperaVision performances include a discounted per-ticket surcharge for subscriber add-on tickets (Balcony Side $2, Balcony Rear $4 and Balcony Front $5) to offset the cost of this service.

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. Limited availability for Opening Night (September 7, 2012).

Deposited monies do not guarantee seating selections (for details, please see page 29).

English supertitles are visible from all sections.

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Photo: San Francisco Opera production of Rigoletto by Ken Friedman


GET CLOSER

TO OPERA

Enrich your experience by learning more about the operas in your series. SFOPERA.COM Visit our website to read program notes and plot synopses, listen to audio clips and watch current production video available prior to each opera’s opening night.

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, September 7, 2012). 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.

PREVIEW LECTURES Opera Guild Preview Lectures bring renowned musicologists to communities throughout the greater Bay Area, offering an in-depth look into the season’s upcoming operas. Visit sfopera.com/previews.

BRAVO! CLUB Join BRAVO! CLUB and meet other operaloving young professionals. BRAVO! CLUB members enjoy events throughout the year and subscribe to series R, T or the BRAVO! Trio (p. 20), which features fun pre-performance gatherings with other members. For complete BRAVO! CLUB membership and subscription details, visit sfopera.com/bravo.

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, S or T (look for the symbol). OperaVision is made possible, in part, by the Koret-Taube Media Suite. Series pricing with OperaVision performances include a discounted per-ticket surcharge (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.

KQED TV BROADCASTS Check local listings in summer 2012 for select San Francisco Opera performances from recent seasons on KQED TV.

RADIO BROADCASTS

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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

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 university students, families and Overture: Workshops for Adults. Visit sfopera.com/education. 23


BECOME AN OPERA INSIDER

Contribute to San Francisco Opera and come closer to this amazing art form. By choosing to invest in San Francisco Opera, you help assure that we will continue to 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) 565-3212 or visit sfopera.com/support. 24

PATRONS ($75–$2,999)

Gain deeper insights into the season with exclusive publications and our popular annual preview CD. 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 and conveniences including reserved parking, free ticket exchanges and special seating priority. Join the opera family and meet fellow opera devotees at our annual luncheon, during intermission in the Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Intermezzo Lounge, or at one of our intimate artistic demonstrations.

LEADERSHIP GIVING ($25,000 AND ABOVE)

Leadership donors believe that opera transforms people and invigorates communities. Join our innermost circle of supporters and make a meaningful investment in the Opera’s future. Receive personalized service, access the artistic process, and enjoy private performances and exclusive events.


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

Join our visionary group of donors who give above and beyond their annual support to fund strategic projects and initiatives, including bold signature productions, the Great Singers Fund, Amici di Nicola and next-generation audience development. 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 planned giving can provide financial advantages to you, while helping to ensure the future of the opera, and provide a cushion of support during challenging economic times. Call Mark Jones at (415) 565-3206 for details. For details about giving levels and donor benefits, go to sfopera.com/support.

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.

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sfopera.com/calendar

2012–13 CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 2012 SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT 1

2

9

16 M, N

3

Opera in the Park 1:30pm

4

10

Rigoletto 17 2pm

5

11

Rigoletto 12

C

8pm

18

Rigoletto 19

B

EREV ROSH HASHANAH

Rigoletto 24

25

W

2pm

F

D, E

Rigoletto

A

8pm

14

8

Rigoletto

J, K

8pm

15 X Rigoletto AT&T Park

7:30pm

Simulcast

Rigoletto 20

8pm R,S,RBW

21

7:30pm

Rigoletto 26

G, H

8pm

Rigoletto 22 8pm

27

28

29

7:30pm

J, L

EREV YOM KIPPUR

FPO

Rigoletto 13

7

ROSH HASHANAH

23

30

6

Capulets 8pm

YOM KIPPUR

Rigoletto 2pm

OCTOBER 2012 SUN

MON

TUE

WED

1

2

3 D, E

7

8

9

10 D, F

14 M, O 21 M, N 28 M, O

Capulets 15 2pm

Moby-Dick 22 2pm

Lohengrin 29 1pm

16 A, C 23 A, B

Capulets

FRI

SAT

4

5

6

7:30pm

Moby-Dick 11 7:30pm

Capulets 17

Capulets 12

R, T 18

8pm

D, F

30

Moby-Dick 31

X

7:30pm

R, T

Lohengrin 25 7pm

13

7:30pm

J, K

Moby-Dick 19

R,S,RBW

Moby-Dick 24 8pm

THU

7:30pm

G, I 26 G, H

Capulets 20 8pm

J, L

Moby-Dick 8pm

Lohengrin 7pm

Moby-Dick 27 8pm

Lohengrin 7pm

Fast, Easy Exchanges New Full and Half Series 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 July 2012: • All subscribers: no-fee exchanges for • Subscribers may exchange tickets over the subscription tickets or add-on tickets to phone (please have your tickets in hand). another performance of the same opera. • Exchange tickets at least 24 hours prior to the • Full and Half Series subscribers: exchange to performance, subject to availability. There is a a different opera with no fee. All other series $10 fee for exchanges made on the day of the subscribers: exchange to a different opera performance for all subscribers. for $10 per ticket, compared to $25 for nonsubscribers.

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RIGOLETTO

CAPULETS

MOBY-DICK

TOSCA

NOVEMBER–DECEMBER 2012 SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

1

2

SAT Moby-Dick

FPO 4

5

6

Lohengrin

A, B 11

12

7

8

9

7pm

13

14

15

Tosca 19

M, N

20

2pm

Tosca 21

A, C

8pm

Tosca 22

D, E

7pm

Tosca 16 7:30pm

Lohengrin

K 7pm

Lohengrin 10

G, I

R,S,RBW

18

8pm

3

Tosca 17

G, H

8pm

23

24

7:30pm

Tosca

FPO

8pm

THANKSGIVING

25

Tosca 26

W

27

2pm

Tosca 28

B

8pm

Tosca 29

X

7:30pm

FPO

Adler Gala Concert

Tosca 30 7:30pm

Herbst Theatre

DECEMBER

1

7:30pm

Tosca

J, L 2

Tosca

O

2pm

3

4 5 Hall, UC Berkeley 6 The Secret Garden at Zellerbach

7

8pm

8

MARCH 2013: 1 7:30pm · 2 7:30pm · 3 3pm · 9 7:30pm · 10 3pm

J U N E – J U LY 2 0 1 3 SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT 1

2

3

4

5

Hoffmann

D, E 9

Così 10

11

M, N

2pm

A, C

8pm R,S,RBW

18

Così 19

A, B

8pm

16

17

23

Hoffmann 24

M, O

25

2pm

Hoffmann 12

8pm

7

Così 13

8

14

7:30pm

G, I

Magdalene 20

D, E

7:30pm

Magdalene 26

A, C

6

7:30pm

R, T

Così 27

D, F

7:30pm

X

Hoffmann 21 7:30pm

G, H

Hoffmann 28 7:30pm

G, I

Hoffmann 15 8pm

Così 22 8pm

Magdalene

J, L

8pm

Magdalene 29 8pm

Così

J, K

8pm SF PRIDE

30

Hoffmann

W

2pm

JULY

1

Così

2

Magdalene

3

Hoffmann

4

5

Magdalene

H

8pm

6

Hoffmann

SF PRIDE

FPO 7

Magdalene

M, N

8

7:30pm

R, T

7:30pm

9

S,RBW

7:30pm

10

11

8pm

13

2pm Front cover photos: Angela Gheorghiu/Sasha Gusov; Brandon Jovanovich/Cory Weaver; Moby-Dick/Karen Almond/The Dallas Opera; Natalie Dessay/Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera Page 1 photos: Rigoletto/Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera; The Capulets and the Montagues/Christian Leiber/Opéra National de Paris; Brandon Jovanovich/Dario Acosta; Moby-Dick/Karen Almond/ The Dallas Opera; Patricia Racette/Scott Suchman/Washington National Opera; Così fan tutte/Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera; Nathan Gunn/David Bachman/Pittsburgh Opera Calendar spread photos: see pp. 2–11 Back cover photos: Marco Vratogna/Brescia/Amisano © Teatro alla Scala; Nicola Luisotti/Terrence McCarthy Design: Mission Minded · www.Mission-Minded.com

Letters denote subscription series (A, B, C, D, E, F…). Highlighted boxes denote opening performances. High-definition video projection screens are featured on the balcony level for this performance. Visit sfopera.com/operavision. OperaVision for Rigoletto performance on September 15 will be shown in simulcast aspect ratio (widescreen format). For the most up-to-date calendar of events, visit sfopera.com/calendar.

LOHENGRIN

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J, K

HOFFMANN

COSÌ

MAGDALENE


SPECIAL UPCOMING EVENTS Opening Night · September 7, 2012 The City’s Most Magical Evening OPERA BALL 2012

BRAVO! CLUB GALA

San Francisco Opera Guild Event Chairs Cathy MacNaughton and Diane Rubin invite you to celebrate the opening night of San Francisco Opera’s 90th season. Pre-performance cocktails and a sumptuous dinner are followed by a performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto, after which guests will enjoy dancing and further celebration. Advance reservations are essential for this perennially sold-out evening. Please call (415) 565-3204.

Event chairs Eva Binda and Gianna Cardinale invite you to the BRAVO! CLUB’s annual black-tie gala, with cocktails and dinner prior to Verdi’s Rigoletto, followed by dancing into the wee hours. Tickets sell out every year. For tickets and membership information, email bravoclub@ sfopera.com or visit sfopera.com/bravo.

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CENTER

MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM

SCHWABACHER DEBUT RECITAL SERIES

MEROLA’S SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT

Daniel Curran, tenor Adam Lau, bass Robert Mollicone, piano Performing works by Bolcom, Duke, Duparc, Loewe, Tosti and Rachmaninoff Sunday, April 22, 2012, 5:30pm

War Memorial Veterans Building Herbst Theatre Thursday, July 5, 2012, 7:30pm

Nadine Sierra, soprano Tamara Sanikidze, piano Performing works by Bernstein, Grieg, Rachmaninoff and Villa-Lobos Sunday, April 29, 2012, 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

War Memorial Veterans Building Herbst Theatre Friday, November 30, 2012, 7:30pm

FREE SIMULCAST AT AT&T PARK WEBCOR BUILDERS PRESENTS OPERA AT THE BALLPARK Rigoletto Saturday, September 15, 2012, 8pm 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 28

MEROLA SUMMER OPERA

Postcard from Morocco by Dominick Argento Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason Center Thursday, July 19, 2012, 8pm Saturday, July 21, 2012, 2pm La finta giardiniera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason Center Thursday, August 2, 2012, 8pm Saturday, August 4, 2012, 2pm MEROLA GRAND FINALE

War Memorial Opera House Saturday, August 18, 2012, 7:30pm For tickets, call the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330 beginning in March 2012.

FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES MEROLA’S SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT

Yerba Buena Gardens Saturday, July 7, 2012, 2pm OPERA AT STERN GROVE

Sigmund Stern Grove Sunday, August 19, 2012, 2pm SAN FRANCISCO OPERA IN THE PARK

Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park Sunday, September 9, 2012, 1:30pm sfopera.com/park


HOW TO

RENEW

RENEW BY MARCH 12 TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEATS!

1. Select your Full, Half, Mini or Out of Town series, then select your seating section. If changing your series or section, please list an alternate series or section, in case your first choice is not available. 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. Please note the following ordering procedures, if taking advantage of the new Full and Half Series benefits: 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.

2. Add tickets to other performances not in your subscription. 3. Renew in the way that’s most convenient for you! ONLINE sfopera.com/renew (Renew any time, day or night. You’ll need the login you have already created or your subscriber ID number, found on the enclosed order form, to look up your account.) PHONE (415) 864-3330 FAX (415) 626-1729 Seating priority is based upon subscription and contribution history, with greater consideration given to contributions. For information, please call (415) 551-6320.

MAIL San Francisco Opera Subscription Department 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) Design Your Own Series (which are not discounted at the subscriber rate) will be available May 16, 2012.

New subscriptions and renewals with a requested seating change are sold unseated.

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

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

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

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).

A $10 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 Farrow

SEASON SPONSOR

D AVI D GOCK LEY General Director

NI C O L A LU I SOTTI Music Director

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


Renewal Brochure, San Francisco Opera  

2012-13 Subscription Renewal brochure for San Francisco Opera

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