Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann has been presented by San Francisco Opera in five previous seasons, not including this summer's production, which opens June 5. It was performed in 1944, 1945, 1949, 1987 and 1996. As we look forward to unveiling a new co-production of the opera starring Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani and Christian Van Horn, let's take a look back at some of the fabulous productions and casts we have presented in the past. [Left: Natalie Dessay as Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann. Photo by A. Bofill/Gran Teatre del Liceu.]

Posted: 04/11/2013 by San Francisco Opera


This week's Adler Profile features 24 year-old bass-baritone Philippe Sly who hails from Ottawa, Canada.  Philippe is a first-year Adler Fellow and is 2011 Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  He was a 2011 participant in the Merola Opera Program where he played Dr. Bartolo in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and was a member of the Ensemble Studio at the Canadian Opera Company from 2010-2012.  He is a graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University where he performed the roles of Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème and Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.  Philippe made his SFO Debut as Archibald Craven in the world-premiere production of Nolan Gasser's The Secret Garden this spring and will make his mainstage debut in the leading role of Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte this summer season.  Philippe was the First Place Winner of the Montreal International Music Competition in 2012 and is an exclusive recording artist with Analekta.  Philippe will perform a solo recital as part of the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series on Sunday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Temple Emanu-el along fellow Adler Fellow pianist Sunny Yoon. 
Posted: 04/04/2013 by San Francisco Opera


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


Can you plan a San Francisco Opera season?

That was the question posed to participants in our Overture Workshop on March 11, "Behind the Curtain: Planning a San Francisco Opera Season." After a lively discussion with Kip Cranna, Director of Musical Administration and Jen Good, Associate Director of Production and Head of Staging, we passed the baton to the audience: it was their turn to decide which operas would comprise a season.
 

Posted: 04/02/2013 by Dolores DeStefano (Assistant Director of Education)


Hadleigh Adams is a bass-baritone and in his first-year of the Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera. He is originally from New Zealand where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Auckland and Masters of Music at New Zealand School of Music. After completing his studies in New Zealand he was a resident artist at the Opera Studio in Melbourne, Australia. He was a participant in the Merola Opera Program in the summer of 2012 and recently finished his post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England. He has performed with the Royal National Theatre and Pinchgut Opera in the United Kingdom and was a winner of the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Scholarship in 2010. He will be seen this summer season in San Francisco Opera's production of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann as Schlemil and in the world-premiere production of Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
Posted: 03/28/2013 by San Francisco Opera


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