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2013-14Season

AWAITS YOU

2013-14 Season MEPHISTOPHELES

FALSTAFF

Arrigo Boito

THE Giuseppe Verdi

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

FLYING DUTCHMAN

Richard Wagner

Gioachino Rossini

NICOLA LUISOTTI Music Director

WORLD PREMIERE

DOLORES CLAIBORNE

SHOW BOAT

Tobias Picker

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II

LA TRAVIATA

MADAME BUTTERFLY

Giuseppe Verdi

Giacomo Puccini

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MEPHISTOPHELES ARRIGO BOITO

An emotionally thrilling, philosophically rich version of the Faust story— the timeless tale of a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil—comes to resplendent life in this opulent production. The cast includes Ramón Vargas, a tenor “in ravishing voice” (Financial Times), as the tormented philosopher who succumbs to the Devil’s temptation; the “luminous, compelling” Patricia Racette (Washington Post) as the woman he desires; and, in the vividly menacing title role, the “seductively malevolent” Ildar Abdrazakov, a “full-bodied bass-baritone” renowned for his “wonderfully evil portrayals” (The New York Times). Music Director Nicola Luisotti, acclaimed for his “passionate conducting” (San Francisco Examiner), is at the podium. 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 Production: Robert Carsen Director: Laurie Feldman Designer: Michael Levine Lighting Designer: Gary Marder* Choreographer: Alphonse Poulin *San Francisco Opera debut

OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions Production co-owned with the Metropolitan Opera Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Angelic choruses of cherubs, a witches’ Sabbath and the most striking portrait of the Devil in the entire musical repertoire!

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. 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. Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Mr. Abdrazakov’s, Ms. Racette’s and Mr. Vargas’ appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

PATRICIA 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

KING

Commissioned by SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

Stephen King’s impassioned heroine, a Maine housekeeper with a dark secret, comes to vivid life in this world premiere.

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. The feisty Maine housekeeper—one of the most compelling characters to emerge from Stephen King’s imagination—and King’s haunting novel are reconceived in a powerful theatrical presentation. American composer Tobias Picker, who “embraces opera as a populist art form” and “does so with undeniable skill” (The New York Times), teams with renowned poet J. D. McClatchy to bring King’s chilling work to the opera stage. George Manahan conducts a superb cast led by Dolora Zajick, a masterful performer “with a beautiful, house-filling voice. Every note she sings, every syllable she utters has been thought about profoundly” (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

PRODUCTION Conductor: George Manahan* Director: James Robinson Set Designer: Allen Moyer Costume Designer: James Schuette* Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind Projection Designer: Greg Emetaz* *San Francisco Opera debut Production contains adult language and themes.

· 25 7:30pm

· 28 8pm

OCTOBER 1 8pm · 4 8pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including one intermission San Francisco Opera production Sung in English with English supertitles The world premiere of Dolores Claiborne is made possible, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 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.

BRYN TERFEL sfopera.com/falstaff

FALSTAFF

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Superstar Bryn Terfel, the “definitive” Falstaff of our day, returns in one of his legendary roles. –Chicago Tribune

Warmth, wit and wisdom abound in Verdi’s autumnal masterpiece, a tale of a foolish old man who enjoys a good prank—even when he is the target. Based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, this delightful comedy stars Bryn Terfel, who “commands the stage…making him the kind of irascible charmer you’d like to have a beer with” (The New York Times). Music Director Nicola Luisotti leads a splendid cast including Ainhoa Arteta, the “vocally alluring” Roxane (San Francisco Chronicle) in Cyrano de Bergerac (2010); the “impressive” Meredith Arwady (The New York Times); the “robust, warm voiced” Fabio Capitanucci (The New York Times); the “wonderfully lyrical” Francesco Demuro (MusicalCriticism.com) and Heidi Stober, whose “lustrous tone, technical precision and saucy humor” (San Francisco Chronicle) triumphed in Xerxes (2011) and The Magic Flute (2012). Presented in celebration of the Verdi bicentennial year. 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

PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Director: Olivier Tambosi Production Designer: Frank Philipp Schlössmann Lighting Designer: Christine Binder *San Francisco Opera debut

NOVEMBER 2 8pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 3 hours i ncluding two intermissions Lyric Opera of Chicago 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 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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THE

GREER GRIMSLEY

FLYING DUTCHMAN

RICHARD WAGNER A haunting tale of a cursed ship captain in desperate search of true love set to Wagner’s beautiful and most accessible music.

A condemned ship captain endlessly travels the seas in search of true love in Wagner’s hypnotic, achingly resonant tale. Patrick Summers, beloved by San Francisco audiences for his “eloquent musical leadership” (San Francisco Chronicle), will conduct an impressive cast led by Greer Grimsley, a veteran Wagnerian with “a sumptuously beautiful voice, smooth as silk, precise of text” (Opera News) 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

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

NOVEMBER 3 2pm · 7 7:30pm

· 12 7:30pm

· 15 8pm

OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 3 hours i ncluding one intermission Co-production with Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège, Belgium) Sung in German with English supertitles This production is made possible by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Productions.

NICOLA LUISOTTI sfopera.com/requiem

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VERDI REQUIEM

Conducted by NICOL A LUISOT TI Celebrate Verdi’s bicentennial year with Maestro Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus!

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); Margaret Mezzacappa, 2012 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; 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). Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Soprano: Leah Crocetto Mezzo-Soprano: Margaret Mezzacappa Tenor: Michael Fabiano Bass: Vitalij Kowaljow San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus This performance 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. Cast and prices subject to change.

PERFORMANCE OCTOBER 25 8pm Approximate running time: 90 minutes with no intermission

This performance is available only as an “add-on” purchase to a 2013–14 subscription package; not available separately. For pricing and availability, please call the Box Office (415) 864-3330.

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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE GIOACHINO ROSSINI

Love—with the help of a cunning barber—conquers all! In this brilliant, joyous comedy featuring Rossini’s wittiest and most charming score, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man with the help of a wily, jack-of-all-trades barber. Two charismatic casts will be led by Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi. One features the “lively” Isabel Leonard with “a radiant lyric voice” (The New York Times); Lucas Meachem, who displayed “vocal brilliance” and “theatrical panache” (San Francisco Chronicle) as Don Giovanni (2011); and Javier Camarena, praised by Opera News for his “exquisite finesse.” The other cast features Daniela Mack, who sings Rossini “with technical command and expressive ease” (Opera News); the “smooth-voiced” Audun Iversen and Alek Shrader, whose “bright singing” is matched with “matinee-idol good looks” (The New York Times).

NEW PRODUCTION

CAST

CAST

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

PERFORMANCES

PERFORMANCES

NOVEMBER 13 7:30pm · 16 8pm

NOVEMBER 14 7:30pm · 17 2pm

DECEMBER 1 2pm

· 19 8pm · 22 8pm · 26 8pm

· 20 7:30pm · 23 8pm · 29 8pm

*San Francisco Opera debut OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14.

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Rossini’s exuberant comic masterpiece is laugh-out-loud fun with one of opera’s most iconic melodies—“Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!”

PRODUCTION Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi Director: Emilio Sagi Set Designer: Llorenç Corbella* Costume Designer: Pepa Ojanguren* Lighting Designer: Gary Marder

Approximate running time: 3 hours i ncluding one intermission Co-production with Lithuanian National Opera 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.

SPECIAL FAMILY PRESENTATION

The Barber o Seville orFamilies Bring the whole family! 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 new 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/eopera to receive notification of schedule and pricing.

PERFORMANCES NOVEMBER 24 2pm · 30 2pm Approximate running time: 2 hours including one intermission Sung in English with English supertitles

Box Orchestra Premium or Grand Tier Premium Orchestra or Grand Tier Dress Circle Balcony

ADULT CHILD** $90 $45 $60 $30 $45 $20 $35 $15 $25 $10 **18 and under

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SHOW BOAT

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

From “Ol’ Man River” to “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” to “Make Believe” to “You Are Love” … “No one should miss it!” –Chicago Sun-Times

A classic of American musical theater gets the operatic treatment it so richly deserves! Few musicals have produced as many great songs as Show Boat, and none has proven more important, influential or eternally fresh. A moving saga of tender romance and poignant reconciliation, Show Boat is “full of opportunities for an ensemble of first-rate singers, actors and dancers to do justice to the magnificent Jerome KernOscar Hammerstein II score.... And what a luxury to have a lush-sounding opera orchestra playing the original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations” (Chicago Tribune). Francesca Zambello’s “smartly staged and handsomely designed” production (Chicago Tribune) brings to glorious life Edna Ferber’s classic tale. John DeMain conducts a dazzling cast led by Patricia Racette, Heidi Stober and Nathan Gunn. COMPANY PREMIERE

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

PRODUCTION Conductor: John DeMain Director: Francesca Zambello Set Designer: Peter J. Davison Costume Designer: Paul Tazewell Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough Sound Designer: Tod Nixon Choreographer: Michele Lynch* *San Francisco Opera debut

JULY 2014 1 8pm · 2 7:30pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes including 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.

SONYA YONCHEVA sfopera.com/traviata

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LA TRAVIATA GIUSEPPE V ERDI Verdi’s ever-popular, touching tale of a conflicted courtesan, her devoted lover and his disapproving father.

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. Two extraordinary casts bring to life this unforgettable tragic tale of love and loss. June features the “dusky and sensual” Sonya Yoncheva, who “oozes star quality” (The Independent, London); Saimir Pirgu, whose depiction of Alfredo is “right on vocally as well as dramatically” (Associated Press); and Vladimir Stoyanov, praised for his “warm, attractive voice” (The New York Times). The July cast is led by Ailyn Pérez, whose performance of the role was hailed as “an unalloyed triumph” (The Guardian, London); Stephen Costello, “an ascending voice in opera” (Philadelphia Inquirer); and the “triumphant” and “splendid” Quinn Kelsey (San Francisco Chronicle).

CLASSIC 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

PRODUCTION Conductor: Nicola Luisotti/Giuseppe Original Director: John Copley Director: Laurie Feldman Set Designer: John Conklin Costume Designer: David Walker Lighting Designer: Gary Marder *San Francisco Opera debut

Finzi†

JULY 2014 5 8pm† · 8 7:30pm† · 11 8pm† · 13 2pm† OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 3 hours i ncluding two intermissions San Francisco Opera production Sung in Italian with English supertitles 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, 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.

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MADAME BUTTERFLY GIACOMO PUCCINI Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice returns in a strikingly bold production by Jun Kaneko.

The young geisha Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly, falls for American naval lieutenant Pinkerton, who breaks her heart. Renowned visual artist Jun Kaneko (The Magic Flute, 2012) brings a fresh production, acclaimed as “visually daring while remaining true to the essence of the music and drama” (Opera Magazine), to this ever-popular tragic love story. Patricia Racette is “exceptional…robust, nuanced and passionate” (The New York Times). “In her total dramatic identification with the role, she simply was Butterfly” (Seattle Times). Brian Jagde, whose “large, well-placed tenor sounded supple…virile…and tender” (Opera News) opposite Racette in Tosca (2012), is Pinkerton. The “effortless” Elizabeth DeShong (Financial Times) and “vivid, strong-toned” Brian Mulligan (San Francisco Chronicle) round out a superb cast. 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 Conductor: Nicola Luisotti/Giuseppe Finzi† Director: Leslie Swackhamer* Production Designer: Jun Kaneko Lighting Designer: Gary Marder *San Francisco Opera debut

JULY 2014 3 7:30pm · 6 2pm† · 9 7:30pm† OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes including one intermission Co-production with Opera Omaha Sung in Italian with English supertitles Nicola Luisotti’s appearance made possible by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Chairs, Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Ms. Racette’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

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TO ORDER Tickets go on sale online, by phone and at the Opera Box Office window on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10am. ONLINE sfopera.com BY PHONE (415) 864-3330 BY MAIL OR IN PERSON Opera Box Office War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102-4509 BOX OFFICE HOURS

Special hours for Monday, July 8 only: 10am–6pm

Monday 10am–5pm Tuesday–Friday 10am–6pm Also Saturday 10am–6pm (during performance season)

2013–14 SINGLE TICKET PRICES† SECTION

WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE English supertitles are visible from all sections.

MAIN STAGE OPERAS Except The Flying Dutchman M–TH / * F–SU / *

The Flying Dutchman M–TH / * F–SU / *

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$99

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$173

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An $11 handling fee is charged per single ticket order, unless purchased in person.

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† Subscribers to our 2013–14 Season (including Design Your Own

Assistive listening devices (Sennheiser model) for hearing-impaired patrons are available at North and South Lobby coat checks.

Series) receive a discount on single-ticket purchases for most performances. * Tickets for performances featuring OperaVision include a surcharge to help offset the cost of this service. (Balcony Front $7, Balcony Rear $5 and Balcony Sides $3)

Tickets will be mailed beginning in August. All orders are final. No refunds or cancellations. Cast, programs, prices and schedules are subject to change.

Prices listed above are guaranteed through August 1, 2013.

Ticket Exchanges

Rush Tickets for Student, Senior and Military

Exchange your tickets for another performance, subject to availability, for a fee of $25 per ticket plus any price differential. Tickets must be received by the Opera Box Office no later than two hours prior to the performance. No refunds are available.

Rush tickets, when offered for evening performances, go on sale online and at the Opera Box Office at 11am on the day of the performance. When offered for matinees, rush tickets are sold in person only at 11am on the day of the performance. Student: $25; Senior or Military: $30. Limit two tickets per person with valid ID. Rush is subject to availability and may cease to be offered at the discretion of the Box Office. In-person registration required in advance for online rush purchases. sfopera.com/rush

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Contributions When you contribute you keep this extraordinary art form alive. You also enjoy special behind-the-scenes opportunities not available to the general public. Ticket prices cover less than half of our production costs, so your tax-deductible donation to San Francisco Opera is greatly appreciated. Donors are given priority ticket consideration, as available, according to level of support. Please call (415) 565-6416 for more information.

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ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND OPERA! All of our operas are performed with English supertitles projected on a screen above the stage, visible from all seating sections.

OPERAVISION IN THE BALCONY Select performances (look for the symbol) feature HD video projection screens on the Balcony Level, with supertitles shown at the bottom of the screen, bringing Balcony Front, Balcony Rear and Balcony Side audiences closer to the action on stage. Prices for OperaVision performances include a per-ticket surcharge; see page 13. OperaVision is made possible by the Koret-Taube Media Suite.

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. sfopera.com/insights

Visit our website to read plot synopses and program notes, listen to audio clips and watch current production videos available prior to each opera’s opening performance.

NEW TO OPERA? Visit our “New to Opera?” webpage for a user-friendly introduction to opera and the answers to frequently asked questions. sfopera.com/newtoopera

Before every performance (except Opening Night, September 6, 2013), music scholars present a 25-minute overview of the opera, with insights on the music, composer and historical background. Talks begin 55 minutes before curtain. FREE to ticket-holders. sfopera.com/operatalks

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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. sfopera.com/previews

EDUCATION PROGRAMS San Francisco Opera and the Opera Guild provide programs for K–12 classrooms and educators. The Opera also provides programs for universities, adults and families. sfopera.com/education Overture: Opera Workshops for Adults offers interactive workshops exploring how operas are created. sfopera.com/workshops

ATTENDING THE OPERA GETTING TO THE OPERA HOUSE The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street, in San Francisco’s Civic Center across from City Hall. It is easily accessible by public transportation, car or taxi. BY CAR Visit maps.google.com for detailed driving directions, using 301 Van Ness Avenue as the destination address. For Bay Area traffic conditions, visit 511.org. Parking is available in nearby lots, including Civic Center Garage (1), Performing Arts Garage (2) and Opera Plaza (3).

PARKING LOTS

BY TAXI For return trips, patrons may reserve a cab with the usher at the Grove Street entrance before the end of intermission.

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LOOK CLOSER WITH OPERA GLASSES Opera glasses may be rented for $5 in the North Lobby coat check. ID deposit is requested.

OPERA SHOP A wide selection of opera CDs, DVDs, books and gift items are available for purchase at the Opera Shop on the South Mezzanine level.

DINE AT THE OPERA HOUSE OR IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD The Patina Group serves an elegant hot buffet in the lower lounge of the Opera House beginning two hours before every evening performance Tuesday through Saturday and every Sunday matinee. Reservations are recommended. Lighter fare is served before performances and during intermissions at Patina’s Café Express and Dress Circle Café. For reservations or to pre-order: (415) 861-8150 Within easy walking distance of the Opera House is a wide variety of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Visit sfopera.com/dine for suggested listings.

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2013–14 CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 2013 SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

1

2

3

4

5

EREV ROSH HASHANAH

8

Opera in the Park

9

10

FRI

ROSH HASHANAH

11 Mephistopheles 12

6

Mephistopheles

A

8pm

13

7:30pm D, E

1:30pm

SAT 7

14 Mephistopheles EREV YOM KIPPUR

J, K

YOM KIPPUR

8pm

LABOR DAY

15

16

17 Mephistopheles 18

R, S RBW

22

Claiborne 23

M, O

7:30pm

24 Mephistopheles 25

C

2pm

D, F

8pm

R, T

Claiborne 19

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

14

Falstaff 21

M, N

2pm

27

Falstaff 28

W

2pm

WED Claiborne

2 Mephistopheles

8pm

X

Falstaff

9

Falstaff 16 7:30pm

29

3

4

G, I

7:30pm 10

11

G, H

D, E

A, B

FRI

8pm

15

22

THU

Dutchman 23 8pm

17

18

24

Falstaff 25

R, S

7:30pm

RBW

30

Falstaff 31

X

7:30pm

SAT Claiborne

5

8pm

Falstaff 12 8pm 19

Verdi 26 Dutchman Requiem 8pm 8pm J, K

Dutchman

D, F

7:30pm

The Future Is Now:

ADLER FELLOWS GALA CONCERT WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA Wednesday, November 27, 7:30pm Scottish Rite Masonic Center 2850 19th Avenue, San Francisco Pricing: $65/$45/$30; $15 Students with valid ID, subject to availability 16 Photo: Scott Wall

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NOVEMBER–DECEMBER 2013 SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

1

2

Falstaff

J, L 3

Dutchman

M, N 10

5

6

7

Barber

M, O

18

12

Dutchman 13

X

7:30pm

19

Barber 20

A, C

2pm Barber for Families

Dutchman

R, T 11

17

24

4

2pm

25

26

B

2pm

8pm

Barber 14

R, S RBW

F

Barber 27 8pm

9

7:30pm

Barber 15

D, E

7:30pm

8

7:30pm

Dutchman 16

G, I

8pm

Barber 21

22

7:30pm

G, H

Adler 28 Gala Concert 7:30pm

8pm

Barber

J, K

8pm

Barber 23

29

8pm

8pm

Barber 30 8pm

THANKSGIVING

Barber

L

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

A, C

2pm

8

TUE

9

10

R, S RBW

15

Butterfly 16

M, N 22

Show Boat 23

W

2pm

29

Traviata 30

M, O

6

PRIDE

24

A, C

2pm

Butterfly

17

A, B

2pm

7

Show Boat

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

4

5

6

7

8pm

Show Boat 11 7:30pm

Traviata 18 8pm

Traviata 12

D, E

G, I

Butterfly 19

D, F

7:30pm

Butterfly 25 8pm

13

7:30pm

X

Traviata 26

R, T

7:30pm

D, E

Show Boat 20 7:30pm

G, H

Show Boat 27 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

8

Traviata

9

7:30pm

W

2pm

X

13

Traviata 14

15

3

R, S RBW

Butterfly 10 7:30pm

16

17

Butterfly

4

7:30pm

5

8pm

INDEPENDENCE DAY

11

Traviata 12

I

8pm

18

Traviata

19

2pm

Letters denote subscription series (A, B, C, D, E, F…). High-definition video projection screens are featured on the Balcony level for this performance. Visit sfopera.com/operavision.

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Photos by: cover/Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera production of The Damnation of Faust, Philip Groshong/Cincinnati Opera production of La Traviata, Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera production of Falstaff; pp. 2–3/Mephistopheles © Beth Bergman; p. 3/San Francisco Opera production of Faust/Cory Weaver; p. 4/Ken Howard/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; pp. 8–9 and mail panel/Marie-Noëlle Robert/Théâtre du Châtelet/Teatro Real production of The

Barber of Seville; p. 10/Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago; p. 11/© Alain Hanel Photography; p. 12/Tim Matheson/Vancouver Opera/Opera Omaha production of Madame Butterfly. The production of Falstaff is owned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago and is made possible by a generous and deeply appreciated gift from Abbott Laboratories. Design: Mission Minded · www.Mission-Minded.com

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OPERA IN THE COMMUNITY

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FREE PERFORMANCES

KQED TV BROADCASTS

MEROLA’S SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT

Check local listings on KQED-TV in summer 2013 for specific fall broadcast dates and times for the following San Francisco Opera performances: Aida, Porgy and Bess, Boris Godunov and Lucrezia Borgia. kqed.org

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

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

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

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

MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM

FREE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

MEROLA’S SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT

War Memorial Opera House Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:30am–2:30pm The Open House is an introduction to the world of opera and stage production featuring musical events and activities for all ages. Sign up for E-Opera to receive updates at sfopera.com/eopera.

Everett Middle School Auditorium (450 Church Street, San Francisco) Thursday, July 18, 2013, 7:30pm

FREE SIMULCAST AT AT&T PARK

The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten Thursday, July 11, 2013, 7:30pm Saturday, July 13, 2013, 2pm

Opera at the Ballpark Summer 2014 sfopera.com/simulcast

RADIO BROADCASTS San Francisco Opera performances from recent seasons air the first Sunday of every month on KDFC 90.3/89.9/104.9 FM, kdfc.com and Comcast Cable 981. In the summer and early fall, broadcasts also air on the WFMT Radio Network nationally. sfopera.com/broadcast

MEROLA SUMMER OPERAS

Everett Middle School Auditorium (450 Church Street, San Francisco)

Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Thursday, August 1, 2013, 7:30pm Saturday, August 3, 2013, 2pm MEROLA GRAND FINALE

War Memorial Opera House Saturday, August 17, 2013, 7:30pm merola.org/calendar

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