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General Director Matthew Shilvock's introduction to the 2017–18 Season at San Francisco Opera.

2017–18 Season Preview San Francisco Opera

    • Performing Arts

General Director Matthew Shilvock's introduction to the 2017–18 Season at San Francisco Opera.

    Introduction

    Introduction

    Conductor: Julius Rudel
    October 1998

    Prelude to Manon

    All excerpts are from recordings of live San Francisco Opera performances and feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

    San Francisco Opera would like to thank the American Federation of Musicians, the America Guild of Musical Artists and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees for helping to make this recording possible.

    • 9 min
    Turandot

    Turandot

    September 8–30 - November 18–December 9

    A cold-hearted but exquisitely beautiful princess challenges her suitors to a deadly game of wits. Only Calaf, an exiled prince, is determined enough to crack her icy veneer. Be transported to another time and place in David Hockney’s acclaimed production conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

    Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
    November 2011
    Introduction
    Ping, Pang and Pong from Act II: Hyung Yun, Greg Fedderly, Daniel Montenegro
    Four Chinese Melodies: Matthew Shilvock
    "Là, sui monti dell’est": San Francisco Opera Children's Chorus
    Finale

    • 15 min
    Elektra

    Elektra

    September 9–27

    In the wake of her father’s murder, Elektra's world has come unmoored. When her desire for justice becomes a blood lust, she pushes her fractured family to the brink of destruction in this new production with a contemporary lens on Greek history.

    Conductor: Jiri Kout
    October 1997
    Opening Aria for Elektra: Elizabeth Connell
    "Von jetzt an will ich deine Schwester sein": Elizabeth Connell, Frances Ginzer
    Elektra's Dance: Elizabeth Connell, Frances Ginzer
    Height of Recognition Scene: Elizabeth Connell, Alan Held

    • 13 min
    La Traviata

    La Traviata

    September 23–October 17

    When the glamorous but fragile courtesan Violetta Valéry and her admirer Alfredo Germont find love, it seems nothing can keep them apart. But the rules of society and family expectations betray them, and Violetta’s fate takes a tragic turn. Maestro Nicola Luisotti conducts, taking his final bow as music director.

    Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
    June 2014
    Opening Prelude
    "Più non esiste": Nicole Cabell, Stephen Costello
    "Pura siccome un angelo": Nicole Cabell, Stephen Costello
    "Così alla misera": Nicole Cabell, Stephen Costello
    "Dite alla giovine": Nicole Cabell
    "Dite alla giovine/Ah supremo, il veggo": Nicole Cabell, Stephen Costello

    • 15 min
    Manon

    Manon

    November 4–22
    Jules Massenet's bright, sensuous opera follows a pair of not-so-innocent young lovers as they tangle with the toast of Paris, inviting dangerous consequences. This new production is a sparkling portrait of a city and a woman no one can resist.

    October 1998
    Vendor Chorus
    "Je suis encore": Ruth Ann Swenson
    "Adieu notre petite table": Ruth Ann Swenson
    Saint Sulpice duet: Ruth Ann Swenson, Jerry Hadley
    Finale: Ruth Ann Swenson, Jerry Hadley

    • 13 min
    Girls of the Golden West

    Girls of the Golden West

    November 21–December 10

    WORLD PREMIERE
    Composer John Adams brings us this San Francisco Opera commission about the unsung Gold Rush pioneers. Sourced from historical writings, this world premiere opera directed by Peter Sellars offers a powerful reflection on the everyday people who set out to build new lives in a wild, beautiful land.

    Conductor: Lawrence Renes
    June 2012
    "News, News" from Nixon in China: Brian Mulligan

    • 11 min

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