Monday, January 13, 2014

San Francisco Opera 2014-15

San Francisco Opera
David Gockley, General Director 
and Nicola Luisotti, Music Director
Announce 2014–15 Repertory Season

Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky [direct from the Met] and Conducted by Nicola Luisotti
New Production Directed by Kevin Newbury Opens 92nd Season September 5.  Daveda Karanas, a former Adler Fellow, is Adalgisa.  She has been very busy since leaving the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens (The Trojans)
Starring Anna Caterina Antonacci [we are hoping Cassandra], Susan Graham [her wonderful Dido], Bryan Hymel [his fabulous Aeneas] and Sasha Cooke.
New Production by David McVicar, Conducted by Donald Runnicles


World Premiere of Marco Tutino and Fabio Ceresa’s La Ciociara (Two Women) 
Starring Anna Caterina Antonacci, Dimitri Pittas and Mark Delavan
Directed by Francesca Zambello, Conducted by Nicola Luisotti 

[This from Stephen:  Stephen Costello to star in San Francisco Opera’s world-premiere production of Marco Tutinof's La Ciociara (“Two Women”) in 2015. based on Alberto Moravia's novel of the same name that was adapted into a classic movie starring Sophia Loren. ]

Company Premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah
Starring Patricia Racette, Brandon Jovanovich and Raymond Aceto
New Production Directed by Michael Cavanagh, Conducted by Karen Kamensek
[This is in my list of operas to see.  Picture was chosen to show Racette can sing anything.]

Danielle DeNiese. Photo ©Chris Dunlop.

Company Premiere of George Frideric Handel’s Partenope
Starring Danielle de Niese, David Daniels, Daniela Mack, Alek Shrader
Directed by Christopher Alden, Conducted by Christian Curnyn
[We haven't had nearly enough of Danielle in San Francisco.  We are told that this production will include cross-dressing.]

 Opéra national de Paris production. Photo ©Christian Leiber

Rossini’s La Cenerentola  
[Karine Deshayes sings the title role in the Ponnelle production.  The entire cast is new to me.]

Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
[Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova sings Amelia and is very big in Europe.  We also get Dolora Zajick, Thomas Hampson and Ramon Vargas, an outstanding cast.]

 San Francisco Opera production. Photo by Cory Weaver.

Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
[Susanna is Lisette Oropesa, our marathon running opera singer; Figaro is Philippe Sly; Countess Almaviva will be Nadine Sierra, another former Adler Fellow; Cherubino is Kate Lindsey; Count Almaviva is my favorite Luca Pisaroni; and Bartolo is John Del Carlo.  How can you resist this?] 

Puccini’s Tosca
[Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian sings Tosca and Brian Jagde is Cavaradossi.  It may be too soon for me to see another Tosca, but Haroutounian was fabulous in the recent Verdi from the ROH.]

Canadian Opera Company production. Photo by Michael Cooper.

New Production of La Bohème
[My rumor mill says this will be Leah Crocetto and Michael Fabiano who have both been away wowing people in other places.  There are two casts for this, so watch out.  Nadine Sierra will be one of the Musettas.]

My God!!

We have fallen into a time warp.  Not since the late Kurt Herbert Adler have we seen anything like this. There are some really fabulous singers here.

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