San Francisco Opera 2018-19 Season To Feature Plácido Domingo, Matthew Polenzani, Sondra Radvanovsky, José Cura & Many More

By David Salazar

The San Francisco Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which features eight operas and one important concert performance. All of the productions will be brand new for the 2018-19 season.

The season opens on Sept. 7, 2017, with the famed “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” as directed by Jose Cura. The production will star Ekaterina Semenchuk, Roberto Aronica, and Dimitri Platanias in “Cavalleria” with Marco Berti and Lianna Harotounian in “Pagliacci.”

Daniele Callegari conducts.

Performances – Sept. 7-30

Next up is Stephen Lawless’ production of “Roberto Devereux,” which will star Sondra Radvanovsky, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, and Artur Rucinski. Riccardo Frizza conducts.

Performances – Sept. 8-27

Puccini’s “Tosca” is third up on the docket with soprano Carmen Giannattasio making role debut as Tosca, tenor Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi, and Scott Hendricks as the villainous Scarpia. Shawna Lucey stages the new production, which will be conducted by Leo Hussain.

Performances – Oct. 3-30

Strauss’ “Arabella” will also arrive in October with soprano Ellie Dehn making her role debut with Brian Mulligan as Mandryka. The production will be directed by Tim Albery. The opera will also feature Heidi Stober, Hye Jung Lee, Daniel Johansson, Michaela Martens, Scott Quinn, Jill Grove, and Richard Paul Fink.

Performances – Oct. 16-Nov. 3.

Jake Heggie’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be in town for the holiday season, marking the West Coast premiere of the opera, which bowed in 2016. Moreover, the work will be revised from its original version. The cast includes William Burden, Golda Schultz, Kearstin Piper Brown, Rod Glifry, Joshua Hopkins, and Andriana Chuchman in her company debut. Leonard Foglia directs the production.

Performances – Nov. 17-Dec. 9.

In the summer of 2019, Bizet’s “Carmen” arrives in a production by Francesca Zambello, which previously appeared in London and at the Norwegian National Opera. The production will feature J’Nai Bridges, Matthew Polenzani, Anita Hartig, and Kyle Ketelson. Hartig is making her company debut.

Performances – June 5-29

Next up is Handel’s “Orlando” which will star Sasha Cooke, Heidi Stober, David Daniels, and Christian Van Horn. Christopher Moulds makes his San Francisco debut from the pit in a production directed by Harry Fehr, who sets the action in London during World War II.

Performances – June 9-27 

To close it all off will be Dvorak’s “Rusalka,” which will star Rachel-Willis Sorenson in her role debut as the woman caught between two identities. Brandon Jovanovich appears as the Prince, Ferruccio Furlanetto as Rusalka’s father, and Sarah Cambidge as the Foreign Princess. Eun Sun Kim conducts the production by Sir David McVicar.

Performances – June 16-28

Plácido Domingo gets a performance on Oct. 21, 2018, alongside Ana María Martinez, and Arturo Chacón-Cruz.