Michael Fabiano, Ailyn Pérez, Lawrence Brownlee & Nina Stemme Lead San Francisco Opera’s Gala

By Francisco Salazar

The Centennial Season of San Francisco Opera is set to culminate on June 16, 2023 in a special concert and dinner honoring the Company’s 100-year history.

The concert will be led by Caroline H. Hume Music Director Eun Sun Kim, former Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles, and former Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers and will be available as a livestream for a worldwide audience.

The concert will feature San Francisco Opera artists, including sopranos Karita Mattila, Ailyn Pérez, Patricia Racette, Nina Stemme, Heidi Stober, Adela Zaharia; mezzo-sopranos Susan Graham, Daniela Mack; tenors Lawrence Brownlee, Michael Fabiano, Brandon Jovanovich, Russell Thomas; baritones Lucas Meachem, Brian Mulligan; and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn.

In a statement company’s Dianne and Tad Taube General Director Matthew Shilvock said, “This is such a thrilling milestone, and we wanted to create a night to remember, celebrating the past, present and future of this extraordinary company. A stunning roster of San Francisco Opera artists have been brought together under Eun Sun Kim’s leadership and with the Opera Orchestra and Chorus for an evening of awe-inspiring music and artistry. I am honored that we will have three conductors guiding us through the evening, representing decades of spectacular music making on the podium. We will dearly miss former Music Director Nicola Luisotti who has obligations in Europe at the time, but we will celebrate his tenure through a number of musical selections. A glorious occasion, steeped in the remarkable journey of San Francisco Opera, this will be a night for the history books!”

The program will include music by Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi through the music of John Adams.