San Francisco Opera Chorus To Present Concert Featuring Wagner & Handel

By Francisco Salazar

The San Francisco Opera will present the San Francisco Opera Chorus in concert on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

Company Chorus Director Ian Robertson will lead the singers in a diverse program of a cappella choral music and accompanied works with instrumental support from Associate Chorus Master and pianist Fabrizio Corona and members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

The concert will feature works by Cécile Chaminade, Antonín Dvořák, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with opera choruses from George Frideric Handel’s 1728 opera seria “Alcina,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” and Richard Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” and “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.”

Additionally, the chorus will perform music of living composers including Morten Lauridsen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Frode Fjellheim, Mårten Jansson and Eric Whitacre. There will also be arrangements of American folk songs by Kevin Riehle and Gwyneth Walker.

Stage director and second-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Aria Umezawa will direct the movements of the Chorus in Handel’s coronation anthem Zadok the Priest and “Tradition” from the Tony Award-winning musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The concert will be held at the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center.