Isabel Leonard & Lawrence Brownlee Among Featured Singers at San Francisco Performances in 2017-18

By David Salazar

Some of the world’s greatest opera stars will appear at the San Francisco Performances in 2017-18 as part of the company’s vocal series.

First up on the slate is Isabel Leonard who is slated to pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein as part of his Centennial celebration. The performance takes place on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at the Herbst Theatre.

Three weeks later, on Oct. 26, Dawn Upshaw will be joined by Pianist Gil Kalish and So Percussion for a program of new works, including a Bay Area Premiere of a piece by American Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. George Crumb’s “Winds of Destiny,” which is based on Civil War folk songs will also appear on the program.

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee will get his own night at the Herbst theater alongside pianist Myra Huang for a night featuring Schumann’s beloved “Dichterliebe” alongside the Bay Area premiere of a work by Tyshawn Sorey. That concert will be featured on March 31, 2018.

Closing out the series will be tenor Nicholas Phan and Huang for the music of Chausson, Hahn, and Debussy among others. That performance is slated for Thursday, April 12, 2018.