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Posted: 05/26/2015 by San Francisco Opera

Interested in learning more about our world premiere opera, Two Women? Check out the many different sides of this powerful new work!
The Story
Set during World War II, the story begins in Rome, Italy, and centers on a widowed mother (Cesira) and her teenage daughter (Rosetta). They flee during the Allied bombing of Rome to find safety in Cesira’s rural home in Ciociaria. They endure many months of hunger and suffering, and are brutally raped by a gang of Goumiers (French Army soldiers from Morocco), but overcome their tragedies and attain solace in their love for each other.
Posted: 05/20/2015 by San Francisco Opera

Like Cassandra, Dido is a strong, attractive woman and a compelling character whose life ends in suicide.

As a young woman, Dido is forced to flee her homeland in Phoenicia (modern Lebanon) when her husband is killed by political enemies.  She leads a group of refugees who found the city of Carthage (modern Tunisia). Under Queen Dido’s leadership, the Carthaginians achieve prosperity and establish a stable society. All they lack is a king who can lead the peoples’ battles and help produce an heir.
Posted: 05/18/2015 by Carolyn Spitz (San Francisco Opera Education Volunteer)

Today we are launching our spring fundraising appeal with a goal of raising $500,000 by the end of our fiscal year on July 31. And we couldn’t be off to a better start because San Francisco Opera Board President Keith Geeslin and his wife Priscilla have just stepped forward with a remarkable offer. For a limited time, they will match all new and increased gifts of $75 or more, dollar-for-dollar!

Posted: 05/11/2015 by San Francisco Opera

The Trojans features two of the most compelling, interesting and powerful women in classical mythology: Cassandra and Dido.  In this post we will consider the seer whom no one believes: Cassandra.
Have you ever warned people of impending doom and had no one believe you? That’s the life Cassandra lived. She had both a special gift of knowing the future as well as the curse of having no one believe her.
Posted: 05/11/2015 by Carolyn Spitz (San Francisco Opera Education Volunteer)

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