San Francisco Opera Chorus To Be Featured In An Annual Concert

By Francisco Salazar

The San Francisco Opera will showcase the vocal might of the San Francisco Opera Chorus in concert on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert, which is set to be performed at the intimate Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater, will feature the work of Chorus Director Ian Robertson, who celebrates 33 years with the Company in 2019. It will also feature members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, along with Associate Chorus Master Fabrizio Corona on the piano.

Reflecting on this year’s program, Chorus Director Robertson remarked, “The acclaimed San Francisco Opera Chorus will present some rarely heard opera choruses including excerpts from Rossini’s ‘William Tell[Guillaume Tell]’ and ‘Moïse et Pharaoh,’ alongside Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Mlada.’ Berlioz is represented by a fast and furious chorus from his ‘Benvenuto Cellini.’ Women composers are well featured, as are traditional choral nuggets such as [Hubert] Parry’s ‘Jerusalem,’ heard every year at the Last Night of the Proms in London.”

Also featured in the concert program are Tchaikovsky’s “Chorus of the Peasant Girls” from “Eugene Onegin,” Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Erschallet, Ihr Lieder” from his Cantata 172, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Morning Hymn” from “The Sound of Music.”

Female composers on the program include American music pioneer Amy Beach, German Romantic Clara Schumann, and contemporary British musician Judith Weir.

Members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra will perform with the chorus for select pieces including Samuel Barber’s “Sure on This Shining Night,” Ola Gjeilo’s “The Rose” and Dan Forrest’s “Alway Something Sings.”