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Il programma 2011-2012 della San Francisco Opera in dettaglio

Nove opere con 74 rappresentazioni e numerosi altri eventi musicali caratterizzano il cartellone della 89a stagione

War Memorial San FranciscoLa stagione 2011-2012 dell’Opera di San Francisco si prevede quanto mai ricca di avvenimenti.

Il nutrito cartellone comprende, fra l’altro, nove opere per un totale di 74 rappresentazioni alle quali contribuirà anche una nutrita presenza italiana, a partire dal direttore musicale dell’Opera di San Francisco Nicola Luisotti e da Gabriele Lavia, al suo esordio negli USA come regista lirico, nell’Attila di Giuseppe Verdi.

L’elenco prosegue con il soprano Serena Farnocchia, il contralto Sonia Prina, i tenori Marco Berti, Francesco Meli e Walter Fraccaro, i bassi Marco Vinco e Ferruccio Furlanetto, i direttori d’orchestra Riccardo Frizza e Giuseppe Finzi, lo scenografo Alessandro Camera ed il costumista Andrea Viotti, molti dei quali al loro debutto a San Francisco.

Di seguito il cartellone in dettaglio

2011–12 Opera Season Casting And Calendar

* San Francisco Opera debut
** US debut
† Current Adler Fellow
♪ Role debut
● OperaVision performance

All performances take place at the War Memorial Opera House unless noted.

Fall 2011 Opera Season

Turandot (I)
by Giacomo Puccini

September 9 (8 p.m.), 14● (7:30 p.m.), 17● (8 p.m.), 22● (7:30 p.m.), 25● (2 p.m.); October 1 (8 p.m.), 4 (7:30 p.m.), 2011

Co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni

Approximate running time: 3 hours with two intermissions
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
First Performance: Milan, April 25, 1926
First SFO Performance: September 19, 1927
Most Recent SFO Performances: December 2002

Cast:
Turandot: Iréne Theorin*
Calaf: Marco Berti
Liù: Leah Crocetto♪†
Timur: Raymond Aceto
Ping: Hyung Yun*
Pang: Greg Fedderly
Pong: Daniel Montenegro†
A Mandarin: Ryan Kuster*†

Production Team:
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Director: Garnett Bruce
Set Designer: David Hockney
Costume Designer: Ian Falconer
Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Heart of a Soldier
World Premiere Production
Music by Christopher Theofanidis
Libretto by Donna DiNovelli
Based on the book by James B. Stewart and the life stories of Susan Rescorla, Rick Rescorla and Daniel J. Hill

September 10 (8 p.m.), 13● (7:30 p.m.), 18● (2 p.m.), 21● (7:30 p.m.), 24 (2 p.m.), 27 (8 p.m.), 30 (8 p.m.), 2011
San Francisco Opera production

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes with one intermission
Sung in English with English supertitles

Cast:
Rick Rescorla: Thomas Hampson♪
Daniel J. Hill: William Burden♪
Susan Rescorla: Melody Moore♪

Production Team:
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Director: Francesca Zambello
Set Designer: Peter J. Davison
Costume Designer: Jess Goldstein*
Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough
Projection Designer: S. Katy Tucker
Movement Director: Rick Sordelet*
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Lucrezia Borgia
by Gaetano Donizetti
San Francisco Opera Premiere

September 23 (8 p.m.), 26● (7:30 p.m.), 29● (7:30 p.m.); October 2● (2 p.m.), 5 (7:30 p.m.), 8 (8 p.m.), 11 (8 p.m.), 2011
Washington National Opera production

Libretto by Felice Romani
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes with two intermissions
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
First Performance: Milan, December 26, 1833

Cast:
Lucrezia Borgia: Renée Fleming
Gennaro: Francesco Meli*♪
Alfonso d’Este: Vitalij Kowaljow♪
Maffio Orsini: Elizabeth DeShong
Rustighello: Daniel Montenegro†♪
Oloferno Vitellozo: Brian Jagde†♪
Ascario Petrucci: Ao Li*†♪
Astolfo: Ryan Kuster†

Production Team:
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Director: John Pascoe*
Production Designer: John Pascoe
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Don Giovanni
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
New Production Premiere
October 15 (8 p.m.), 18 (8 p.m.), 21 (8 p.m.), 23● (2 p.m.), 26 (7:30 p.m.), 29● (8 p.m.); November 2● (7:30 p.m.), 5 (2 p.m.), 10 (7:30 p.m.), 2011
San Francisco Opera production

Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
First Performance: Prague, October 29, 1787
First SFO Performance: October 20, 1938
Most Recent SFO Performances: June 2007

Cast:
Don Giovanni: Lucas Meachem
Donna Anna: Ellie Dehn
Donna Elvira: Serena Farnocchia*
Leporello: Marco Vinco**
Don Ottavio: Topi Lehtipuu*
Zerlina: Kate Lindsey*
Masetto: Ryan Kuster♪†
The Commendatore: Morris Robinson*

Production Team:
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Director: Gabriele Lavia**
Set Designer: Alessandro Camera*
Costume Designer: Andrea Viotti*
Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Xerxes
by George Frideric Handel
San Francisco Opera Premiere
October 30● (1:30 p.m.); November 4 (7:30 p.m.), 8● (7:30 p.m.), 11● (7:30 p.m.), 16 (7 p.m.), 19 (7:30 p.m.), 2011
English National Opera production

Anonymous revision of Silivio Stampiglia’s
Libretto Il Xerse, based on Nicolo Minato’s Il Xerse
Approximate running time: 4 hours with two intermissions
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
First Performance: London, April 15, 1738

Cast:
Xerxes: Susan Graham
Romilda: Lisette Oropesa*♪
Arsamenes: David Daniels
Atalanta: Heidi Stober
Amastris: Sonia Prina
Ariodates: Wayne Tigges♪

Production Team:
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Original Director: Nicholas Hytner
Director: Michael Walling*
Production Designer: David Fielding*
Lighting Designer: Paul Pyant
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Carmen
by Georges Bizet

November 6● (2 p.m.), 9 (7:30 p.m.), 12 (8 p.m.), 15 (8 p.m.), 17● (7:30 p.m.), 20● (2 p.m.), 23● (7:30 p.m.), 26 (8 p.m.), 29 (7:30 p.m.); December 2 (8 p.m.), 4 (7:30 p.m.), 2011
San Francisco Opera production

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Approximate running time: 3 hours, 20 minutes with two intermissions
Sung in French with English supertitles
First Performance: Paris, March 3, 1875
First SFO Performance: October 1, 1927
Most Recent SFO Performances: December 2006

Cast:
Carmen: Kate Aldrich
Don José: Thiago Arancam;
Micaëla: Sara Gartland♪†
Escamillo: Paulo Szot*
Zuniga : Wayne Tigges
Frasquita: Susannah Biller†
Mercédès: Maya Lahyani†
Le Remendado: Daniel Montenegro†
Dancaïro: Timothy Mix♪

Production Team:
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti - Giuseppe Finzi (12/2, 12/4)
Production : Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Director: Jose Maria Condemi
Set Designer: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Designer: Werner Juerke
Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich

Carmen For Families by Georges Bizet
November 27● (2 pm), December 4● (12 pm), 2011
San Francisco Opera production

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission
Sung in English with English supertitles

Cast:

Carmen: Maya Lahyani†
Don José: Brian Jagde†

Production Team:
Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi
Director: Elkhanah Pulitzer
Set Designer: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Costume Designer: Werner Juerke

Turandot (II)
by Giacomo Puccini

November 18 (8 p.m.), 22 (8 p.m.), 25 (8 p.m.), 2011
Co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Approximate running time: 3 hours with two intermissions
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
First Performance: Milan, April 25, 1926
First SFO Performance: September 19, 1927
Most Recent SFO Performances: October 2011

Cast:
Turandot: Susan Foster*
Calaf: Walter Fraccaro
Liù: Leah Crocetto†
Timur: Christian Van Horn
Ping: Hyung Yun
Pang: Greg Fedderly
Pong: Daniel Montenegro†
A Mandarin: Ryan Kuster†

Production Team:
Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi
Director: Garnett Bruce
Set Designer: David Hockney
Costume Designer: Ian Falconer
Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Summer 2012 Opera Season

Nixon in China
by John Adams and Alice Goodman
San Francisco Opera Premiere
June 8 (8 p.m.), 14● (7:30 p.m.), 17● (2 p.m.), 22 (8 p.m.), 26● (8 p.m.), 30 (8 p.m.); July 3 (7:30 p.m.), 2012
Vancouver Opera production
Libretto by Alice Goodman
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes with one intermission
Sung in English with English supertitles
First Performance: Houston, October 22, 1987

Cast:
Richard Nixon: Brian Mulligan♪
Pat Nixon: Maria Kanyova*
Mao Tse-tung: Simon O’Neill*♪
Chiang Ch’ing (Madame Mao Tse-tung): Hye Jung Lee*♪
Chou En-lai: Chen-Ye Yuan*
Henry Kissinger: Patrick Carfizzi♪

Production Team:
Conductor: Lawrence Renes*
Director: Michael Cavanagh*
Set Designer: Erhard Rom*
Costume Designer: Parvin Mirhardy*
Lighting Designer: Harry Frehner*
Projection Designer: Sean Nieuwenhuis*
Choreographer: Wen Wei Wang*
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

Attila by Giuseppe Verdi
Production New To San Francisco Opera
June 12 (8 p.m.), 15 (8 p.m.), 20 (7:30 p.m.), 23● (8 p.m.), 28● (7:30 p.m.); July 1● (2 p.m.), 2012
Co-production with Teatro alla Scala

Libretto by Temistocle Solera
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes with one intermission
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
First Performance: Venice, March 17, 1846
First SFO Performance: November 21, 1991
Most Recent SFO Performances: November 1991

Cast:
Attila: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Odabella: Oksana Dyka*♪
Foresto: Ramón Vargas - Diego Torre*♪ (6/28, 7/1)
Ezio: Quinn Kelsey♪
Pope Leo I: Samuel Ramey
Uldino: Daniel Montenegro†

Production Team:
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Director: Gabriele Lavia
Set Designer: Alessandro Camera
Costume Designer: Andrea Viotti
Lighting Designer: Christopher Maravich
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
New Production Premiere
June 13 (7:30 p.m.), 16 (8 p.m.), 19 (8 p.m.), 21● (7:30 p.m.), 24● (2 p.m.), 27● (7:30 p.m.), 29 (8 p.m.), July 6 (8 p.m.), 8 (2 pm), 2012

Co-production with Washington National Opera, Opera; Carolina, Opera Omaha and Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission
Sung in English with English supertitles
First Performance: Vienna, September 30, 1791
First SFO Performance: October 11, 1950
Most Recent SFO Performances: November 2007

Cast:
Pamina: Heidi Stober
Tamino: Alek Shrader, Nathaniel Peake*♪ (7/6, 7/8)
Papageno: Nathan Gunn
Sarastro: Kristinn Sigmundsson
The Queen of the Night: Albina Shagimuratova*
Monostatos: Greg Fedderly
Papagena: Nadine Sierra†♪
First Lady: Melody Moore♪
Second Lady: Lauren McNeese
Third Lady: Renée Tatum
The Speaker: David Pittsinger

Production Team:
Conductor: Rory Macdonald*
Director: Harry Silverstein
Production Designer: Jun Kaneko*
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

2011–12 Special Events

Opening Night Celebrations – Friday, September 9, 2011

Opera Ball 2011

Presented by San Francisco Opera Guild, the evening begins with an elegant pre-performance cocktail reception at the War Memorial Opera House. A sumptuous dinner created by McCall Associates follows in the Opera Ball Pavilion, designed by Robert Fountain. Following the season-opening performance of Puccini’s Turandot, the festivities continue with a dessert reception and dancing. A highlight of the city’s cultural and philanthropic season, Opera Ball raises funds to benefit San Francisco Opera and the Opera Guild’s education and community programs.

Co-chairs: Anne Marie Massocca and Susan Tamagni
5 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Dinner
8 p.m. Opening Night performance of Turandot
11 p.m. Desserts and Dancing

For tickets or more information about Opera Ball 2011, call (415) 565-3204.

BRAVO! CLUB Opening Night Gala – Friday, September 9, 2011

Join BRAVO! CLUB’s young professionals as they kick off the season in style with a glamorous pre-performance cocktail reception and seated dinner followed by the season-opening performance of Turandot and post-performance dancing.
Co-chairs: Ileana Pacchini and Kelly Krueger
5 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Dinner
8 p.m. Opening Night performance of Turandot
11 p.m. Desserts and Dancing

Tickets are available only to current BRAVO! CLUB members. For tickets and membership information, email bravoclub@sfopera.com or visit sfopera.com/bravo.

San Francisco Opera in the Park
Free Concert, Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park

San Francisco Opera’s annual free Opera in the Park concert will be a special concert commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Program details will be announced at a later date.

Webcor Builders presents Opera at the Ballpark
Free Live Simulcast of Turandot at AT&T Park
Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2 p.m.
AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza in San Francisco

Baseball and opera fans alike have the rare opportunity to enjoy opera in the beautiful and convivial outdoor setting of AT&T Park as San Francisco Opera continues its highly successful partnership with Webcor Builders and the San Francisco Giants to present a matinee simulcast of Puccini’s Turandot. This event is free and open to the public, however advance online registration assures early entrance into the ballpark for preferred seating and entry into a special prize drawing. For further information, visit sfopera.com/simulcast.

Nicola Luisotti and The San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances present two special concerts showcasing Music Director Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

Friday, October 28, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Program:
Beethoven / Symphony No. 5
Beethoven / Symphony No. 7

Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Program:
Prokofiev / “Classical” Symphony
Boccherini / Cello Concerto in B-flat Major, featuring cellist Amit Peled
Cherubini / Symphony in D Major

The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert
Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building

This annual concert showcases the talented young artists from San Francisco Opera Center’s prestigious young artist training program in a gala concert of opera scenes and arias. Program details and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Celebrating Frederica Von Stade
Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building

San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Performances, Cal Performances, Philharmonia Baroque and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music join forces to celebrate the incredible career of Bay Area favorite and beloved international superstar Frederica von Stade. Complete artist, program and ticket information for this very special one-night only tribute concert will be announced at a later date.

2011-2012 Sponsors

San Francisco Opera is sponsored, in part, by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, Franklin and Catherine Johnson, Mrs. Edmund W. Littlefield, and Bernard and Barbro Osher. San Francisco Opera is sponsored, in part, by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support Turandot. This production is made possible, in part, by Elizabeth and Burgess Jamieson, The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund, and Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey.

The world premiere of Heart of a Soldier is made possible, in part, by Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn. Additional support provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support Lucrezia Borgia. This production is made possible, in part, by The Thomas Tilton Production Fund. Ms. Fleming’s appearance made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

Don Giovanni is made possible, in part, by San Francisco Opera Guild.

Xerxes is made possible, in part, by The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund. Ms. Graham’s and Mr. Daniels’ appearances made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

Company Sponsor Mrs. Edmund W. Littlefield is proud to support Carmen.

Nixon in China is made possible, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support Attila. This production is made possible, in part, by the Amici di Nicola of Camerata. Mr. Vargas’ appearance made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

The Magic Flute is made possible, in part, by Thomas F. & Barbara A. Wolfe and members of Camerata.
San Francisco Opera simulcasts are made possible through the extraordinary technology of the Company’s Koret-Taube Media Suite. A grant from the Koret Foundation provided lead funding for the Koret-Taube Media Suite, with additional support provided by Tad and Dianne Taube.

Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark is supported by Presenting Sponsor Webcor Builders, Platinum Sponsor Charles Schwab and Gold Sponsor Chevron and United Airlines.

Yamaha is the official piano of San Francisco Opera.
Pianos provided by Music Exchange.