Opera

 

KUCO presents:   San Francisco Opera


A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953) and incorporated in 1923. The Company's first performance took place on September 26, 1923 in the City's Civic Auditorium. Originally presented over two weeks, San Francisco Opera's season now contains approximately 75 performances of ten operas between September and July.


Since 1923, San Francisco Opera has presented the United States debut performances of numerous artists, including Vladimir Atlantov, Piotr Beczala, Marie Collier, Mafalda Favero, Tito Gobbi, Sena Jurinac, Anna Netrebko, Leontyne Price, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Renata Tebaldi, and Ingvar Wixell; conductors Marco Armiliato, Valery Gergiev, Charles Mackerras, Georg Solti, and Silvio Varviso; and directors Francis Ford Coppola, Harry Kupfer, and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.


Since its inception, San Francisco Opera has embodied a spirit of innovation by presenting the world premieres of Blood Moon (1961), Angle of Repose (1976), The Dangerous Liaisons (1994), A Streetcar Named Desire (1998), Dead Man Walking (2000), Arshak II (2001) and Doctor Atomic (2005). Under David Gockley’s leadership, the Company has added five new operas to that list: Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton’s Appomattox (2007); Stewart Wallace and Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter (2008); Christopher Theofanidis and Donna Di Novelli’s Heart of a Soldier (2011); Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison's The Secret Garden (2013), a co-commission with Cal Performances at UC Berkeley; and Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene(2013).


In 2007, San Francisco Opera  created the Koret-Taube Media Suite. The first permanent high-definition broadcast-standard video production facility installed in any American opera house, the Koret-Taube Media Suite gives the Company the permanent capability to produce simulcasts and other projects including OperaVision, where retractable screens provide full stage, close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video for patrons in balcony seats. In 2007, San Francisco Opera also launched radio partnerships the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago, returning regular San Francisco Opera broadcasts to the national and international radio airwaves for the first time in 25 years.

 

Post-opera programming is locally produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell

Opera Links

     Austin Lyric Opera www.austinlyricopera.com

     Dallas Opera www.dallasopera.org

     Houston Grand Opera www.houstongrandopera.org/

     San Antonio Opera www.saopera.com

     Santa Fe Opera www.santafeopera.org

     Tulsa Opera  www.tulsaopera.com

     Wichita Grand Opera  www.wichitagrandopera.org

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08/30/2014

08/30/2014
This Saturday at Noon, the San Francisco Opera performs Puccini's Tosca. This thriller, featuring Christian Van Horn & Patricia Racette, depicts a corrupt police chief who sets his sights on a glamorous singer as he plots to destroy her lover, a politically rebellious painter. Post opera programming produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell.

8/23/14

8/23/14
This Saturday at Noon features the season opener for the San Francisco Opera. Arrigo Boito's Mephistopheles is a classic retelling of Goethe's Faust. With an all star line-up that includes Ramon Vargas, Patricia Racette & Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Nicola Luisotti conducts one Hell of a monumental work. Post-opera programming presented by volunteer Lane Whitesell.

08/16/14

08/16/14
This Saturday at noon is the season finale from LA Opera. The incomparable Nino Machaidze returns as Thaïs, with Plácido Domingo as her would-be savior. Massenet's opera is filled with intoxicating melodies and exotic colors that seduces the audience with a glittering treasure trove of pleasures. Post opera programming produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell.

08/09/2014

08/09/2014
This Saturday at Noon, the LA Opera broadcasts "Lucia di Lammermoor." Starring Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova in Donizetti's darkly romantic tale of family honor, betrayal & madness. Post opera programming produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell.

08/02/2014

08/02/2014
This Saturday at noon, the LA Opera presents Billy Budd. Based on Herman Melville's classic American tale, this production of one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces comes to the LA Opera stage for the first time in 14 years. Baritone Liam Bonner leads the all-male cast in what novelist E.M. Forster describes as a "sexual discharge gone evil." Post opera programming produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell.



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