Grand spectaculars of opera and musical theater are on tap for the San Francisco Opera’s 2013-14
General director David Gockley announced Monday that the season will open Sept. 6 with Arrigo Boito’s 1868 mighty, ultra-romantic, Wagner-scale “Mefistofele” in Robert Carsen’s sensational production last seen here in 1994.
The work fits well into 2013’s Verdi-Wagner bicentennial in that it was composed by Verdi librettist Boito and admired by Verdi. Read More
While 2011 is still young, it’s already been a banner year for Dmitri Hvorostovsky.The great Siberian bass-baritone has been in New York, singing the title role of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” at the Metropolitan Opera. Critics and audiences alike have been lavish with praise; the New York Times called him “a magnificent Simon.” Read More
In Shakespeare's "Othello," the first act of more than 1,000 lines sets the scene, establishes relationships and motivation in the seminal drama about the "green-eyed monster" of jealousy.
In Verdi's "Otello," that entire act disappears, the curtain rises on a storm from which the hero emerges telling the crowd to celebrate a great victory. Read More