On May 17, Music Director Nicola Luisotti will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in a concert featuring the music of Puccini, Brahms and Nino Rota. Think You've never heard of him? Think again. This blog post will explain why you are probably more familiar with Nino Rota than you thought you were...and why you've just got to check out the SF Opera Orchestra concert at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley featuring pianist Giuseppe Albanese performing Rota's Piano Concerto in C.  [Left: Composer Nino Rota]

Posted: 03/12/2013 by Kip Cranna (Director of Music Administration)


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


Over the next few months, we'll be profiling each of our current Adler Fellows here at "Backstage at San Francisco Opera."  If you have some questions you'd like to ask them, send us a message via email at socialmedia@sfopera.com or via Facebook or Twitter.  Our first Adler Profile is mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm who you can catch this month starring in the world-premiere of Nolan Gasser's The Secret Garden as Martha Sowerby.
Posted: 02/27/2013 by San Francisco Opera


It’s one of the favors many of us hate to ask for: “Hey there, would you mind picking me up at the airport? And at 11:30pm, since I’m coming in from Europe?”


This most needed and minimally glamorous task is one that Christine Miller and Gary Glaser have done on behalf of San Francisco Opera for more than 30 years. They have picked up countless artists from San Francisco International Airport over the years, and it is one of the many reasons why they are the recipients of the 2013 Spirit of the Opera Award, the highest honor the Opera bestows upon members of our community. 

Posted: 02/21/2013 by San Francisco Opera


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