Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti's famed saga of a woman driven mad by her arranged marriage, features celebrated French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, whose vocal agility and dramatic charisma have established her as one of the role's foremost interpreters. Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti is Lucia's beloved Edgardo and baritone Gabriele Viviani is her brother Enrico. The striking Teatro del Maggio Musicale production, conceived by Graham Vick, is led by French conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce.
Thursday, September 15 at 8pm
A great dramatist as well as composer of some of opera's greatest melodies, Puccini brings to life a tempestuous world of cruelty and deception through the tragic story of Tosca, a beautiful yet volatile singer; Mario, the idealistic painter that she loves; and Scarpia, an amoral police chief who uses his power to satisfy his lecherous appetite. Adrianne Pieczonka appears as Tosca opposite tenor Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi and baritone Lado Ataneli as Scarpia. Italian conductor Marco Armiliato leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Jose Maria Condemi directs this San Francisco Opera production.
The Elixir of Love
Thursday, September 22 at 8pm
Donizetti's comically boisterous tale of innocent love and boundless devotion, The Elixir of Love is the flirtatious tale of the shy, love-struck Nemorino and his reliance on a "love potion" to help him win the heart of the beautiful Adina. Director James Robinson ingeniously updates this classic Italian tale to the delightful innocence of aNapaValley county fair circa 1915. Bruno Campanella conducts, and Ramón Vargas and Inva Mula headline a brilliant cast.
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About San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera, one of the world’s leading producers of opera since its inception in 1923, has long been a pioneer in introducing world and North American premieres, as well as presenting major artists in celebrated role debuts. David Gockley, widely considered one of the major innovators in American opera, became the Company’s sixth general director in 2006. The many electronic media initiatives launched under Gockley’s direction include the Company’s Grand Opera Cinema Series and its free live simulcasts, one of the first innovations of Gockley’s tenure and part of the Company’s mission to bring opera into the community. Since 2006, San Francisco Opera has presented eight free live simulcasts at venues throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco’s AT&T Park, for more than 150,000 people of all ages. San Francisco Opera’s 2011-12 repertory season includes Heart of a Soldier, a world premiere commissioned on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks; the Company premieres of Lucrezia Borgia, Xerxes and Nixon in China; new productions of Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and Attila; and revivals of Turandot and Carmen. For more information, visit sfopera.com.
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