If there’s one thing we San Franciscans like, it’s a reason to dress up in costume. Sure, Halloween in SF is pretty epic, but we don’t need to wait until October to come up with a good excuse to get creative, put on our dancing shoes, watch some make up tutorials and put on a costume! We’ve got Bay to Breakers for those who wish to run (or, ahem, stumble…) in costume; Pride and the Folsom Street Fair for those who wish to parade in costume; SF Symphony’s Masquerade Ball for those who wish to be classy in costume. Who doesn’t know someone going to Burning Man this year? When’s the next movie sing along at the Castro Theater? What ever will you wear to your friend’s RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party? Maybe this year you’ve finally been talked into entering the Hunky Jesus pageant on Easter. Whatever your reason—if you need one at all—dressing up is a big part of our culture here in the Bay Area and San Francisco Opera is about to give you a major leg up at your next costumed event! Our amazing costume department is culling through racks, drawers, shelves and boxes from floor to ceiling to offer up hundreds of items for sale at our Costume Shop Sale on March 22 & 23! You do not want to miss this. Trust us.
Posted: 03/06/2014 by San Francisco Opera

Noah Lindquist is a first-year Adler Fellow coach & pianist and hails from New York, NY.  Noah was a 2013 participant in the Merola Opera Program and is a recent graduate from the Mannes College of Music.  He has performed as a recitalist at Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  This summer he will be a member of the San Francisco Opera music staff working on both Show Boat and Madama Butterfly.  His first assignment as an Adler Fellow was the first Schwabacher Debut Recital of the season on February 23rd and we sat down with him shortly afterwards to hear about his experience thus far and ask some of the hard questions! 
Posted: 02/27/2014 by San Francisco Opera

We asked San Francisco Opera Center Musical Director Mark Morash to break down the process of creating the upcoming Schwabacher Debut Recital, About Love. Want to see first hand? Be sure to mark your calendars for this Sunday, February 23 at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco.

Putting together a recital is a lot like putting together a meal. You look at your ingredients and try to figure out how to turn them into a delicious experience.

Posted: 02/19/2014 by Mark Morash

Latvian mezzo-soprano and new Adler Fellow Zanda Švēde has had a fascinating journey from hotelier to aspiring opera singer. Zanda studied at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival, Scuola Italia in Italy, and the Tyrulean Opera Program in Austria, and has performed such roles as Endimione in Cavalli's La Calisto, María in Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires, and the title role in Massenet's Cléopâtre. She will make her San Francisco Opera debut as Flora in La Traviata this summer. You can also see Zanda in the first Schwabacher Debut Recital of 2014 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary on Sunday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. In this profile, Zanda discusses her process of preparing a role, her decision to pursue opera, and reflects upon differences of culture, both musical and otherwise, between Latvia and the United States.

Posted: 02/14/2014 by Sean Waugh

How would you feel if someone asked you to make a generous annual donation to the Opera, and in addition, they asked you to volunteer to serve coffee and snacks to artists and stagehands in the canteen on performance nights?  Or what about if you were asked to open up a spare room or two in your home as lodging for a young artist or two? Or six?  Or seven?

And what if one of these young artists was suffering from the flu, and you were asked to serve her chicken soup and Gatorade until she was recovered enough to sing on the opera house main stage – let’s say something simple, like Lìu in Turandot?  And let’s say you did all these things, and on top of it, you provided sponsorship support every year for an Adler Fellow; you remembered the Opera in your estate plans by establishing a charitable remainder trust; you encouraged everyone you met to support the Opera in any way they could; and you did all of these things in loving memory and in the name of your cherished late wife?
Posted: 02/04/2014 by San Francisco Opera

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