A few weeks ago, the very intriguing and very busy Elizabeth Futral took some time in between Dolores Claiborne rehearsals to answer some questions for us. Now onstage, the San Jose Mercury News raved that her performance as Vera Donovan in this exciting world premiere opera, "generates out-sized power." We think that assessment is pretty spot on!




Posted: 09/25/2013 by San Francisco Opera


First-year Adler Fellow Erin Johnson is currently performing on the War Memorial Opera House stage as Marta in Boito's Mephistopheles. Our hard-working Adler took some time out of her schedule to answer five questions for us. How does she feel about singing alongside Ildar Abdrazakov? What are her dream roles? What talent does she have–other than singing, of course? Read on to find out!


Posted: 09/17/2013 by San Francisco Opera


As soprano Patricia Racette takes on the herculean task of creating the title role in Tobias Picker's world premiere opera Dolores Claiborne AND performing the role of Margherita in Mefistopheles this fall at San Francisco Opera, it is safe to say that this soprano's plate is full. But, lucky for us (in more ways than one!), the effervescent Racette took time out to participate in our 5 Questions blog.
Posted: 09/11/2013 by San Francisco Opera


Opera is frequently called the most grand of the performing arts, and our production of Mephistopheles is grand opera at its grandest! From the over 300 costumes, the thousands of jewels, and even the number of naked bodies you’ll see onstage, it is an amazing production that demonstrates just how big opera can be. And how many skilled craftsmen, artisans, employees, and artists it takes to make it this grand!

In today’s blog post we highlight just a small fraction of the numbers of interesting things you’ll see onstage when you see our dazzling production of Mephistopheles. For example:

Posted: 09/09/2013 by San Francisco Opera


This Friday, San Francisco Opera will celebrate the opening of our 91st Season with a gala opening night like none other. Co-chaired by Ann Girard and Mai Shiver, San Francisco Opera Guild’s sold-out 2013 Opera Ball: The Garden of Good and Evil will be created by celebrity event designer Colin Cowie and will reflect the celestial and devilish themes of the evening’s performance––late 19th-century Italian composer Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele.



Posted: 09/03/2013 by Colin Cowie, Opera Ball 2013 Designer


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