San Francisco Opera to Present 100th Anniversary Gala

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Lawrence Morton)

San Francisco Opera has announced the program for its 100th Anniversary Concert at the War Memorial Opera House on Friday, June 16.

Music Director Eun Sun Kim, former Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles, and former Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers will conduct the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus along with a host of star soloists in selections inspired by the Company’s history.

The featured soloists are 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.

The one-night-only concert will also include a special Dinner with the Artists fundraiser in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater co-chaired by San Francisco Opera board members Anna Fieler, Sue Marineau and Jason Phillips.

The evening will feature selections from the works of Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Umberto Giordano, Gioachino Rossini, and Arrigo Boito. There will also be choral scenes from Puccini’s “Tosca” and Boito’s “Mefistofele.”

The evening will feature selections from Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” and “Tannhäuser” as well as works of Benjamin Britten and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

There will also be selections from John Adams’ “Doctor Atomic.”

The gala will be livestreamed at beginning at 6 p.m. PT. The evening’s specially curated program traverses the musical styles, artistic traditions, and thrilling moments of San Francisco Opera.