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
“Lohengrin,” Richard Wagner’s ultra-romantic 1850 work, has returned to the War Memorial Opera House with a production that illustrates the very idea of “grand opera.”
At Saturday’s premiere, an outstanding cast, Nicola Luisotti’s orchestra and Ian Robertson’s chorus filled the big hall with music of the kind of intensity usually experienced at rock concerts. Read More
When San Francisco Opera completed the first of three cycles of Richard Wagner’s 17-hour marathon “The Ring of the Nibelung” on Sunday, size was just one of the thrills for the audience of 14,000 filling the War Memorial during the four-day event. Read More
In a musically superb production, San Francisco Opera premiered the third of Richard Wagner’s four-opera “Ring of the Nibelung” on Sunday in advance of three highly anticipated cycles coming to the War Memorial Opera House stage June 14 through July 3. Read More
San Francisco Opera's new production of Richard Wagner's "Die Walküre," which opened Thursday in the War Memorial, is an absolute joy.A near-flawless ensemble performance by a hundred stars –singers, orchestral players and production personnel – offers the kind of opera fans travel the world for, finding it rarely. Read More
Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung” is the Mount Everest of musical spectacles. It’s 16 hours of glorious music in four operas spread through a week and performed by hundreds of soloists, chorus, orchestra musicians and production personnel.
San Francisco Opera announced Tuesday that it will produce three full “Ring” cycles in June and July 2011 — an event sure to attract opera fans from all around the world. Read More