San Francisco Opera And San Francisco Chronicle To Present Opera In The Park

By Nicole Kuchta

San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Chronicle will celebrate the start of the company’s 97th season with the latest edition of Opera in the Park.

The free event will “bookend an action-packed weekend” for San Francisco Opera, according to the press release. The season will open with Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the Opera Ball, and the BRAVO! CLUB Gala on Sept. 6, followed by a performance of Britten’s “Billy Budd” on Sept. 7.

Opera in the Park will spotlight artists headlining these two productions, including Bryan Hymel (Romeo), Lucas Meachem (Mercutio), Pene Pati (Romeo), Amina Edris (Juliet), John Chest (Billy Budd), and Christian Van Horn (Claggart). Also to be featured are Adler Fellowship program alumnus Edward Nelson and second-year Adler Fellows Natalie Image, Ashley Dixon, and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen. Yves Abel, Lawrence Renes, and Robert Mollicone will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

The artists will “navigate through a wide range of works by composers including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Charles Gounod, Giuseppe Verdi, Engelbert Humperdinck, John Adams, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.” They will also perform pop and Broadway favorites.

Community partners including San Francisco Chronicle, Classical KDFC, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Compass Family Services, and Community Housing Partnership will have tents and tables set up on site. Additionally, food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The concert will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 on the slopes of Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park.