Jimmy Marcheso is a member of our stage management staff. Jimmy joined the company in 2010 as a Rehearsal Assistant in the company's Rehearsal Department. Jimmy has been on the production staff as an Assistant Stage Manager for the 2013/14 Season and has worked on the productions Mefistofele, Dolores Claiborne, and this summer La Traviata and Madame Butterfly. He has also worked as an assistant stage manager and assistant stage director for Opera San Jose, Opera Omaha, Opera Santa Barbara, and Cal Performances. We sat down with Jimmy to discuss his work at SFO and to learn more about what it's like to be in the heat of the action backstage.

Posted: 06/13/2014 by Jimmy Marcheso (Assistant Stage Manager)


For a major opera company, putting on a classic American musical like Show Boat is a joy and a challenge. To get an early look at how the effort would be received by members of the public, we invited avid tweeters to apply to live tweet the final dress rehearsal of the show on May 30. 

18 live tweeters, armed with charged gadgets and the hashtag #keepsrolling, kept up a rolling commentary on the action. 
Posted: 06/13/2014 by San Francisco Opera


Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu knows a thing or two about Alfredo Germont—the dashing young man who falls in love with, is heart-broken by, reconnects with, and ultimately loses the love of his life. He has performed La Traviata around the world at many of the most important opera houses and opposite some of opera's most saught-after leading ladies as the fickle, beautiful and terminally ill courtesan Violetta. He returns to San Francisco Opera to perform the role with Nicole Cabell as Violetta and Vladamir Stoyanov as Giorgio Germont. What has Saimir learned from his many portrayals of Alfredo? We asked him 5 questions to find out.
Posted: 06/10/2014 by Saimir Pirgu (Alfredo, La Traviata)


American soprano Heidi Stober makes her role debut as the innocent, but resilient Magnolia Hawks in Show Boat. Heidi made her San Francisco Opera debut in the 2010-11 Season as Sophie in Werther and has since returned as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Atalanta in Xerxes, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Nannetta in Falstaff. Currently a principal artist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Heidi took time out of her busy performance schedule to answer our five questions. Take a look and be sure to catch her thrilling performance in Show Boat at San Francisco Opera this summer.
Posted: 06/04/2014 by Heidi Stober (Magnolia, Show Boat)


You might know actress Harriet Harris from her recurring roles on hit TV shows like Frasier, Desperate Housewives, Ally McBeal, Nurse Betty, and more. Or from her many feature films, or her Tony Award-winning turn on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie. But one place that Harris has yet to make her debut is on the San Francisco Opera stage, which she will do in this summer's grand production of Show Boat. In today's blog post, we ask Harris six questions about her experience here at San Francisco Opera.

Posted: 06/03/2014 by Harriet Harris (Parthy Anne Hawks, Show Boat)


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Backstage at San Francisco Opera is a fascinating, fast-moving, mysterious and sacred space for the Company’s singers, musicians, dancers, technicians and production crews. Musical and staging rehearsals are on-going, scenery is loaded in and taken out, lighting cues are set, costumes and wigs are moved around and everything is made ready to receive the audience. From the principal singers, chorus and orchestra musicians to the creative teams for each opera, in addition to the many talented folks who don’t take a bow on stage, this blog offers unique insight, both thought-provoking and light-hearted, into the life backstage at San Francisco Opera.

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