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)


We're counting down the days until we open our world-premiere production of Nolan Gasser's The Secret Garden and rehearsals here at San Francisco Opera are about to head over the Bay Bridge to Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley.  We're thrilled to be co-presenting this work with Cal Performances and we've lined up an exciting young cast who will be bringing this beloved childhood tale to life.  Find out a little bit more about the Secret Garden cast in today's blog post. 
Posted: 02/15/2013 by San Francisco Opera


Adapting Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved novel, The Secret Garden, as an opera, has been a joy, for two main reasons. One is the strength and beauty of the book, and the other has been the delight of working with a brilliant composer, Nolan Gasser, who has been as encouraging, flexible and astute a collaborator as any librettist could wish for.



Posted: 02/11/2013 by Carey Harrison (Librettist, The Secret Garden)


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