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San Francisco Opera Announces Major Cast Change for ‘Elektra’
Michaela Martens will replace Stephanie Blythe in the San Francisco Opera’s upcoming production of “Elektra.” Martens will appear in the role of Klytemnestra in a new staging by Keith Warner, which starts on Sept. 9, 2017. She is set to take on Klytemnestra with Houston Grand Opera in January 2018 as well. Martens’ San Francisco Opera debut came in 2015 as Cassandre in Berlioz’s “Les Troyens.” This will be her…
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San Francisco Opera Announces Opening Night Festivities For 95th Season
On Thursday, the San Francisco Opera Guild, in collaboration with San Francisco Opera Association, announced details for Opera Ball 2017 at The Imperial Palace. The event is a gala benefit aimed at celebrating the start of SFO’s 95th Season. The event will take place on Sept. 8, 2017, at the Imperial Palace Pavilion adjacent to the War Memorial Opera House. The Opera Ball 2017 will also feature an opening night gala…
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Opera in the Ball Park ‘Don Giovanni’ A Smashing Success for San Francisco Opera
The love for opera is healthy and growing in San Francisco. The San Francisco Opera announced that its Opera in the Ballpark, a free live simulcast from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House on June 30, 2017, to the 103-foot wide scoreboard at the home of the San Francisco Giants, was a rocking success as over 23,000 people appeared at the ballpark for a performance of “Don Giovanni.”…
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Weekend Preview (6/30-7/2) – USA: OperaRox Showcases NY Premiere of ‘Sweets by Kate’ At Stonewall Inn
As we get deeper into the summer, the opera world starts to slow down ever so slightly in North America. But there are still some major events taking place over the weekend, including a historic one. San Francisco Opera closes out its run of “Don Giovanni” which features a stellar cast that includes Ildebrando d’Arcangelo and Ana María Martinez among others. "San Francisco Opera’s 'Don Giovanni' brings us bass-baritones with…
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San Francisco Opera Awards Outgoing Head of Wardrobe With Highest Honor
The San Francisco Opera has awarded Geoffrey M. Craig, the Company’s Head of Wardrobe, with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s highest honor. The award was presented in honor of Craig’s 36 years of service, which will come to an end at the close of this summer season. “In over three decades of exemplary service, Geoffry has led the Wardrobe Department with great professionalism, heart and care. His exacting…
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San Francisco Opera 2017 Review – La Boheme: Uneven Cast Still Leads to Musical Magic
It’s easy to love Puccini's “La Bohème:" art, love, friends who romp and cavort, street scenes with lively genre action, and music to die for. Puccini’s classic thrills even non-opera lovers. “I could go every night,” we hear spectators say on leaving the War Memorial Opera House. Bringing to life again this Co-production with Houston Grand Opera, originally performed there in 2012, and in San Francisco in 2014, and the…
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Weekend Preview (6/24-26) – USA: Opera in Ozarks, Wolf Trap Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera Start Showcases
With the summer underway, the opera world remains in full swing. Opera in Ozarks is the big company to make headlines this weekend as the company showcases two performances. “Le Nozze di Figaro” gets a look on Friday while “Susannah” gets a showcase on Saturday. Wolf Trap Opera also gets a major showcase with “La Pietra del Paragone” on Friday and Sunday. Long Beach Opera continues its run of “Frida”…
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San Francisco Opera 2017 Review – Rigoletto: A Deeply Moving Portrayal of the Verdi Masterwork
"Rigoletto" can't be topped for its humanity. A father and a daughter, a jester, a virginal naif, longing for and trying to sustain a good a life in selfish and lecherous world, power-hungry and greedy, 16th century Mantua. Such is the subject of Verdi’s middle period masterpiece. The libretto by Francisco Maria Piave is based on the play "Le Roi S'Amuse" of the French author Victor Hugo, setting the downbeat…
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San Francisco To Feature Two Opera Performances on KQED Public Television This Summer
San Francisco Opera is striking up a partnership with KQED Public Television to bring opera into the homes of Bay Area residents with two telecasts that will feature Verdi’s “Atilla” and Boito’s “Mefistofele.” The former performance will be aired on Thursday, August 3, 2017 on KQED 9 while the latter comes three weeks later, with the viewing experience taking place on Thursday, August 24 on KQED 9. The “Atilla” performance took place in…
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Weekend Preview (6/16-18) – USA: ‘Frida,’ ‘Thumbprints,’ ‘Angels in America’ Among Rare Offerings
It is a busy weekend around the Opera World. Here are some of the big events to keep an eye out for. Opera Avalon showcases “Dead Man Walking” on Friday and Saturday while American Opera Projects gives audiences “Three Way” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kamala Sankaram’s “Thumbprints” gets a showcase on both the east and west coast. Beth Morrison Projects presents the opera throughout the weekend as does the…