Mary Magdalene has been called "the most misunderstood woman in history." She is also one of the most fascinating and inspirational. From Rembrandt to Rilke, Bach to Bernini, she has been a muse for artists, poets, writers and composers.

In the many myths that developed about her, she has served as a mirror of a culture's deepest fears, hopes and longings—expressing sensuality when the body was considered taboo, deep emotion during the Age of Reason, and embraced in our own scientific era as a mystic visionary. 
Posted: 04/04/2013 by Kayleen Asbo


It was finally here, the day we were taking the bus to see the world premiere of The Secret Garden! Sunday, March 10 was a beautiful spring day to rendezvous with friends at the Woodside Park & Ride lot, our meeting point. Gradually, our group of about 60 parents and children of all ages arrived and we boarded the bus to head to Berkeley for an adventure. [Left: Sarah Shafer (Mary) and Michael Kepler Meo (Colin) in The Secret Garden. Photo by Peter DaSilva]

Posted: 03/26/2013 by Teresa Medearis (SF Opera Board Member)


I began supering in 1985, with a brand new complete Ring cycle. Since then, I’ve done all the classics—Carmen, La Bohème, Rigoletto, etc. etc. —as well as my share of more obscure pieces. However, the one thing I’ve never done is a brand-new, hot-off-the-presses, world-premiere opera—until now!!! [Photo Left: Laurel Winzler in her English maid costume from The Secret Garden.]


Posted: 03/06/2013 by Laurel Winzler (Supernumerary, The Secret Garden)


Soprano Sarah Shafer stars as the young Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden premiering March 1 through 10 at Cal Performances. Shafer made her professional debut last season as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Amid a busy rehearsal schedule the rising star took some time out to answer to answer San Francisco Opera’s Five Questions.
Posted: 02/28/2013 by San Francisco Opera


The excitement of creating a role in a world premiere production with San Francisco Opera is electrifying. For me it began the instant I got the invitation to join the cast (though I must admit it was also a little daunting). After all, how could I not think about the legacy of amazing works that were commissioned or premiered by SFO—Dead Man Walking, Doctor Atomic and so many others—and about filling the shoes of the distinguished performers who have sung and created roles here?


Posted: 02/19/2013 by Scott Joiner (Dickon, The Secret Garden)


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