General Director Matthew Shilvock's introduction to the 2017–18 Season at San Francisco Opera.
Conductor: Julius Rudel
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.
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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.
"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
Girls of the Golden West
November 21–December 10
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
"News, News" from Nixon in China: Brian Mulligan