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


Our next Adler Profile features a native of Kiamusze, China: tenor Chuanyue Wang.  A first-year Adler Fellow and graduate of the 2012 Merola Opera Program, Chuanyue is an operatic star in his native China having won numerous talent competition awards including first prize in the Chinese Culture Ministry’s WenHua Competition, the Mandova Competition, the China International Vocal Competition, and the Chinese National Young TV Singers Competition. Prior to his Adler Fellowship, Chuanyue graduated from China’s Central Music Conservatory. This season, Chuanyue made his debut on the War Memorial Opera House Stage as Wagner & Nereo in Boito's Mefistofele and is also covering the role of Fenton in Falstaff.
Posted: 09/20/2013 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


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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