General Director Matthew Shilvock's introduction to the 2016–17 Season at San Francisco Opera.
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Già la mensa è preparata from Don Giovanni
An ardent poet and a young noblewoman find love amidst the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts this powerful melodic score in a lavish period production by director David McVicar.
Conductor: Emerson Buckley
Un dì all’azzuro spazio: Plácido Domingo
La mamma morta: Josella Ligi
Final Duet: Plácido Domingo, Josella Ligi
Dream of the Red Chamber
This classic Chinese epic recounts a love triangle between a young nobleman, his spiritual soulmate and a beautiful heiress. Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, this world-premiere opera is by Bright Sheng, one of the most important Chinese-American composers today, and Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly).
Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernesto’s sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. Lawrence Brownlee makes his long-awaited Company debut in this fanciful production by Laurent Pelly.
Conductor: Uwe Mund
Tornami a dir’: Ruth Welting, David Rendall
Opening Cello Solo
Act II, Prelude
Act III, Chorus Waltz
È rimasto: Ruth Welting, David Rendall, Timothy Nolen, Geraint Evans
End of Act II: Ruth Welting, David Rendall, Timothy Nolen, Geraint Evans
The Makropulos Case
The seductive Emilia Marty has broken hearts for more than 300 years and yet doesn’t look a day past 30. Now she must choose whether to retake the elixir that extended her life or find peace in death. Nadja Michael stars in Olivier Tambosi’s striking production.
Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek
End of Overture
End of Opera: Karita Mattila, Thomas Glenn, Miroslav Dvorský, Dale Travis, Gerd Grochowski
Beginning of Overture
End of Act I: Karita Mattila, Miroslav Dvorský
Death Scene: Karita Mattila, Gerd Grochowski
Verdi’s grand Egyptian epic is the setting for an intimate love story about the heroic Radames and the Ethiopian slave girl, Aida. Francesca Zambello directs this bold new production inspired by one of today’s most exciting street artists, RETNA.
Conductor: García Navarro
Act II, Trumpet Fanfare
Guerra, guerra!: Margaret Price, Stefania Toczyska, Luciano Pavarotti, Kevin Langan, Simon Estes, Kurt Rydel
Priests’ Chorus, Nume che del tuo spirito
Judgment Scene, È traditor, morrà: Stefania Toczyska, Kurt Rydel
Tu sei felice: Margaret Price, Stefania Toczyska
Nile Scene, Là, tra foreste vergini: Margaret Price, Luciano Pavarotti
Chi ti salva, sciagurato?: Stefania Toczyska, Luciano Pavarotti
Tomb Scene, O terra, addio: Margaret Price, Luciano Pavarotti