Sondra Radvanovsky, Michael Fabiano, Janai Brugger Headline San Francisco Opera’s Live Gala, Company Announces Drive-in Productions

By David Salazar

San Francisco Opera is set to stream “Celebrating the Voices of San Francisco Opera” on Dec. 4, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. PT.

The virtual concert will feature a number of major artists including Janai Brugger, Ashley Dixon, Amina Edris, Sondra Radvanovsky, Michael Fabiano, Pene Pati, Artur Ruciński, Alfred Walker, Nicola Luisotti, and Members of the Company, performing from around the world in such cities as Madrid, Chicago, Aukland, New York, and Berlin, among others.

The event will be co-hosted by Tad and Dianne Taube General Director Matthew Shilvock and Caroline H. Hume Music Director Designate Eun Sun Kim.

“Since the pandemic began, San Francisco Opera has been working hard to keep our incredible Opera family together and keep opera alive in our community in ways that are safe and creative. This concert is a celebration of the amazingly talented people whose artistry defines us,” stated Shilvock in a press release. “Our concert is a reminder of how moving it is when artists make music together in the same venue — the intimate intensity of song. We will explore the behind-the-scenes work underway to prepare sets and costumes that will shape our return to live performance. I am so grateful to all those whose talents are coming together to bring opera alive in this program and to our passionately supportive community whose belief in us is ensuring a thrilling future for San Francisco Opera under the baton of Eun Sun Kim.”

The event can be streamed on the company’s official YouTube, Facebook, and website.

The company also announced drive-in screenings of its 2008 production of “La Bohème” starring Piotr Beczala and Angele Gheorghiu and the 2009 production of “Tosca” starring Adrianne Pieczonka in the title role. “La Bohème” will be presented at the Fort Mason Drive-In on Nov. 20 and 22 while “Tosca” will be featured at the same venue on Dec. 11 and 12.