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San Francisco Opera Hosts Wagner Ring Cycle Costume Contest Sunday, June 13, 2010

San Francisco Opera invites opera fans of all ages—men, women, children and pets alike—to celebrate this summer’s production of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre by dressing up as their favorite characters from the composer’s epic four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) on Sunday, June 13,...
San Francisco The Ring Festival 2011

San Francisco Opera announces 2011 Ring Festival

San Francisco Opera today announced details of the 2011 Ring Festival, a Bay Area-wide celebration in conjunction with the Company’s Summer 2011 presentation of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), the epic four-opera cycle widely considered one of the greatest works ever conceived for...
Act II set model Set design by Maurizio Balò

San Francisco Opera banks on ‘The Girl of the Golden West’

When audiences hear one of the characters in Puccini’s 1910 opera La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) hailed as a “Wells Fargo agent” this summer, they may suspect the San Francisco Opera of adding the job description to pander to its season sponsor, but that...

San Francisco Opera premieres new production of Puccini’s ‘La Fanciulla del West’

This summer, San Francisco Opera celebrates the 100th anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s Wild-West opera La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) with the premiere of a new co-production with Italy’s Fondazione Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Belgium’s Opéra Royal de Wallonie. These performances will feature soprano...

San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series in HD at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

San Francisco Opera announced that its Grand Opera Cinema Series will continue at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco continues on Saturday, February 27 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. with HD screenings of the Company’s acclaimed production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The...

San Francisco Opera announces FY 2008-09 results and balanced budget, but challenges ahead

San Francisco Opera released their FY 2008-2009 results. There is some good news, and not-so-good news. First, the good: the budget is balanced at about $67M, with an operating income of $416,032. Summer season ticket sales were strong, according to the press release. Contributions to the annual fund accounted...

SF Opera’s Otello – The Chronicle got it wrong

On Saturday November 21 I had the good fortune to take in SF Opera's production of Otello, starring the South African tenor Johan Botha as Otello, Bulgarian soprano Zvetelina Vassileva as Otello's doomed wife Desdemona, and Italian baritone Marco Vratogna as the purely evil Iago. I was not...

Expanded SSC coverage now includes San Francisco Opera and Opera San Jose

Arias and symphonies! We're very excited to be now working with San Francisco Opera and Opera San Jose. Look for continued coverage here throughout the season as we bring some of the most in-depth, Twitter and Web 2.0-friendly, behind the scenes style, personable stories, videos among all the media, new...

San Francisco Opera: Verdi’s ‘Otello’ intoxicates with jealousy and glorious arias

Otello, often considered one of Verdi's grandest and most challenging operas, is based on Shakespeare's play by the same name. San Francisco Opera's enactment of Verdi's masterpiece displays both the blinding power of jealousy and its tragic consequences. It was a surprisingly sunny day in San Francisco, but once the...