The San Francisco Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which will feature eight new productions and some very special role debuts.
While every opera is booked with exciting casts, there are some exciting debuts that should impress this upcoming season and opera lovers should keep an eye out for.
Carmen Giannattasio – Tosca
Giannattasio makes her role debut in the title role of Puccini’s masterpiece. After making headlines for her immaculate work in Verdi and Bel canto, Giannattasio puts her skills to the test as the fiery Diva, marking her move into more dramatic territory.
Brian Mulligan – Arabella
Mulligan has become one of the most sought-after baritones around the world and he returns to the U.S for his role debut as Mandryka. Audiences will get to hear his lyric baritone in Strauss’ lush melodic score.
Andriana Chuchman – It’s a Wonderful Life
Chuchman makes her debut San Francisco Opera in Jake Heggie’s opera. Chuchman recently opened the Lyric Opera of Chicago to great success and has created a unique career singing everything from Bel canto to Operetta and this role should be something to look forward to.
Dmitri Platanias – Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
For years, Platanias has become a favorite of the Royal Opera and has sung throughout Europe creating some memorable portrayals such as his signature “Rigoletto.” And this season, U.S audiences will finally get to hear him as he makes his SF and American debut in the double bill as both Tonio and Alfio.
Matthew Polenzani – Don Jose
Polenzani enters heavier repertoire singing his first Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen.” After singing the lyric French roles and receiving raves, this will be something for all opera lovers to look out for.