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2016â17 Season Preview

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General Director Matthew Shilvock's introduction to the 2016–17 Season at San Francisco Opera.

Latest Episodes

La Bohème

Pucciniâs sweeping melodies and rich, heartfelt harmonies drive home the joy and sorrow of struggling young artists in 19th-century Paris. Carlo Montanaro conducts this timeless story of love, heartbreak and the fragility of life. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti November 2014 Introduction Act IV, Mimìâs Death: Alexey Markov, Michael Fabiano, Christian Van Horn âGuardareâ (e un pappagallo mâaddita): Michael Fabiano, Christian Van Horn, Alexey Markov, Hadleigh Adams Sono andati?: Alexia Voulgaridou Niuno è solo lâapril: Alexia Voulgaridou, Michael Fabiano, Alexey Markov, Nadine Sierra

14 MIN2016 JUL 1
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La Bohème

Don Giovanni

Operaâs most famous seducer, Don Giovanni, betrays and murders without remorse until a ghostly dinner guest brings retribution. Ildebrando DâArcangelo stars in a reimagined production from director Jacopo Spirei. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti October 2011 Overture Finchâhan dal vino: Lucas Meachem Deh vieni alla finestra: Lucas Meachem Metà di voi: Lucas Meachem Act I, Finale: Lucas Meachem, Ellie Dehn, Marco Vinco, Shawn Mathey, Serena Farnocchia, Kate Lindsey, Ryan Kuster Act II, Final Scene: Morris Robinson

10 MIN2016 JUL 1
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Don Giovanni

Rigoletto

A hunchbacked court jester tries to shield his daughter from the curse that ultimately shatters their lives. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts one of Verdiâs most memorable creations. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti September 2012 Overture Deh non parlare: Željko LuÄiÄ Bella figlia dellâamore: Francesco Demuro, Kendall Gladen, Aleksandra Kurzak, Željko LuÄiÄ

11 MIN2016 JUL 1
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Rigoletto

Madame Butterfly

Cultures clash when a trusting young geisha marries an American naval officer in Pucciniâs gut-wrenching tale. Lianna Haroutounian returns in this compelling visual production by Jun Kaneko. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti December 2007 Entrance of Butterfly: Patricia Racette, Stephen Powell Butterflyâs Death Addio, fiorito asil: Brandon Jovanovich Dovunque al mondo lo Yankee vagabondo: Brandon Jovanovich, Stephen Powell Tosca Conductor: Riccardo Frizza October 2014 Vissi dâarte: Lianna Haroutounian

13 MIN2016 JUL 1
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Madame Butterfly

Aida

Verdiâs grand Egyptian epic is the setting for an intimate love story about the heroic Radames and the Ethiopian slave girl, Aida. Francesca Zambello directs this bold new production inspired by one of todayâs most exciting street artists, RETNA. Conductor: GarcÃa Navarro November 1981 Act II, Trumpet Fanfare Guerra, guerra!: Margaret Price, Stefania Toczyska, Luciano Pavarotti, Kevin Langan, Simon Estes, Kurt Rydel Priestsâ Chorus, Nume che del tuo spirito Judgment Scene, Ã traditor, morrÃ: Stefania Toczyska, Kurt Rydel Tu sei felice: Margaret Price, Stefania Toczyska Nile Scene, LÃ, tra foreste vergini: Margaret Price, Luciano Pavarotti Chi ti salva, sciagurato?: Stefania Toczyska, Luciano Pavarotti Tomb Scene, O terra, addio: Margaret Price, Luciano Pavarotti

14 MIN2016 JUL 1
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Aida

The Makropulos Case

The seductive Emilia Marty has broken hearts for more than 300 years and yet doesnât look a day past 30. Now she must choose whether to retake the elixir that extended her life or find peace in death. Nadja Michael stars in Olivier Tambosiâs striking production. Conductor: JiÅà BÄlohlávek November 2010 End of Overture End of Opera: Karita Mattila, Thomas Glenn, Miroslav Dvorský, Dale Travis, Gerd Grochowski Beginning of Overture End of Act I: Karita Mattila, Miroslav Dvorský Death Scene: Karita Mattila, Gerd Grochowski

13 MIN2016 JUL 1
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The Makropulos Case

Don Pasquale

Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernestoâs sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. Lawrence Brownlee makes his long-awaited Company debut in this fanciful production by Laurent Pelly. Conductor: Uwe Mund October 1980 Tornami a dirâ: Ruth Welting, David Rendall Opening Cello Solo Act II, Prelude Act III, Chorus Waltz à rimasto: Ruth Welting, David Rendall, Timothy Nolen, Geraint Evans End of Act II: Ruth Welting, David Rendall, Timothy Nolen, Geraint Evans

13 MIN2016 JUL 1
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Don Pasquale

Dream of the Red Chamber

This classic Chinese epic recounts a love triangle between a young nobleman, his spiritual soulmate and a beautiful heiress. Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, this world-premiere opera is by Bright Sheng, one of the most important Chinese-American composers today, and Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly).

9 MIN2016 JUL 1
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Dream of the Red Chamber

Andrea ChÃnier

An ardent poet and a young noblewoman find love amidst the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts this powerful melodic score in a lavish period production by director David McVicar. Conductor: Emerson Buckley November 1975 Introduction Gavotte Un dì allâazzuro spazio: Plácido Domingo La mamma morta: Josella Ligi Final Duet: Plácido Domingo, Josella Ligi

13 MIN2016 JUL 1
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Andrea ChÃnier

Introduction

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti October 2011 Già la mensa è preparata from Don Giovanni

8 MIN2016 JUL 1
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Introduction
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Latest Episodes

La Bohème

Pucciniâs sweeping melodies and rich, heartfelt harmonies drive home the joy and sorrow of struggling young artists in 19th-century Paris. Carlo Montanaro conducts this timeless story of love, heartbreak and the fragility of life. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti November 2014 Introduction Act IV, Mimìâs Death: Alexey Markov, Michael Fabiano, Christian Van Horn âGuardareâ (e un pappagallo mâaddita): Michael Fabiano, Christian Van Horn, Alexey Markov, Hadleigh Adams Sono andati?: Alexia Voulgaridou Niuno è solo lâapril: Alexia Voulgaridou, Michael Fabiano, Alexey Markov, Nadine Sierra

14 MIN2016 JUL 1
Comments
La Bohème

Don Giovanni

Operaâs most famous seducer, Don Giovanni, betrays and murders without remorse until a ghostly dinner guest brings retribution. Ildebrando DâArcangelo stars in a reimagined production from director Jacopo Spirei. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti October 2011 Overture Finchâhan dal vino: Lucas Meachem Deh vieni alla finestra: Lucas Meachem Metà di voi: Lucas Meachem Act I, Finale: Lucas Meachem, Ellie Dehn, Marco Vinco, Shawn Mathey, Serena Farnocchia, Kate Lindsey, Ryan Kuster Act II, Final Scene: Morris Robinson

10 MIN2016 JUL 1
Comments
Don Giovanni

Rigoletto

A hunchbacked court jester tries to shield his daughter from the curse that ultimately shatters their lives. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts one of Verdiâs most memorable creations. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti September 2012 Overture Deh non parlare: Željko LuÄiÄ Bella figlia dellâamore: Francesco Demuro, Kendall Gladen, Aleksandra Kurzak, Željko LuÄiÄ

11 MIN2016 JUL 1
Comments
Rigoletto

Madame Butterfly

Cultures clash when a trusting young geisha marries an American naval officer in Pucciniâs gut-wrenching tale. Lianna Haroutounian returns in this compelling visual production by Jun Kaneko. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti December 2007 Entrance of Butterfly: Patricia Racette, Stephen Powell Butterflyâs Death Addio, fiorito asil: Brandon Jovanovich Dovunque al mondo lo Yankee vagabondo: Brandon Jovanovich, Stephen Powell Tosca Conductor: Riccardo Frizza October 2014 Vissi dâarte: Lianna Haroutounian

13 MIN2016 JUL 1
Comments
Madame Butterfly

Aida

Verdiâs grand Egyptian epic is the setting for an intimate love story about the heroic Radames and the Ethiopian slave girl, Aida. Francesca Zambello directs this bold new production inspired by one of todayâs most exciting street artists, RETNA. Conductor: GarcÃa Navarro November 1981 Act II, Trumpet Fanfare Guerra, guerra!: Margaret Price, Stefania Toczyska, Luciano Pavarotti, Kevin Langan, Simon Estes, Kurt Rydel Priestsâ Chorus, Nume che del tuo spirito Judgment Scene, Ã traditor, morrÃ: Stefania Toczyska, Kurt Rydel Tu sei felice: Margaret Price, Stefania Toczyska Nile Scene, LÃ, tra foreste vergini: Margaret Price, Luciano Pavarotti Chi ti salva, sciagurato?: Stefania Toczyska, Luciano Pavarotti Tomb Scene, O terra, addio: Margaret Price, Luciano Pavarotti

14 MIN2016 JUL 1
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Aida

The Makropulos Case

The seductive Emilia Marty has broken hearts for more than 300 years and yet doesnât look a day past 30. Now she must choose whether to retake the elixir that extended her life or find peace in death. Nadja Michael stars in Olivier Tambosiâs striking production. Conductor: JiÅà BÄlohlávek November 2010 End of Overture End of Opera: Karita Mattila, Thomas Glenn, Miroslav Dvorský, Dale Travis, Gerd Grochowski Beginning of Overture End of Act I: Karita Mattila, Miroslav Dvorský Death Scene: Karita Mattila, Gerd Grochowski

13 MIN2016 JUL 1
Comments
The Makropulos Case

Don Pasquale

Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernestoâs sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. Lawrence Brownlee makes his long-awaited Company debut in this fanciful production by Laurent Pelly. Conductor: Uwe Mund October 1980 Tornami a dirâ: Ruth Welting, David Rendall Opening Cello Solo Act II, Prelude Act III, Chorus Waltz à rimasto: Ruth Welting, David Rendall, Timothy Nolen, Geraint Evans End of Act II: Ruth Welting, David Rendall, Timothy Nolen, Geraint Evans

13 MIN2016 JUL 1
Comments
Don Pasquale

Dream of the Red Chamber

This classic Chinese epic recounts a love triangle between a young nobleman, his spiritual soulmate and a beautiful heiress. Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, this world-premiere opera is by Bright Sheng, one of the most important Chinese-American composers today, and Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly).

9 MIN2016 JUL 1
Comments
Dream of the Red Chamber

Andrea ChÃnier

An ardent poet and a young noblewoman find love amidst the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts this powerful melodic score in a lavish period production by director David McVicar. Conductor: Emerson Buckley November 1975 Introduction Gavotte Un dì allâazzuro spazio: Plácido Domingo La mamma morta: Josella Ligi Final Duet: Plácido Domingo, Josella Ligi

13 MIN2016 JUL 1
Comments
Andrea ChÃnier

Introduction

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti October 2011 Già la mensa è preparata from Don Giovanni

8 MIN2016 JUL 1
Comments
Introduction
the END