Second year Adler Fellow Zanda Švēde has graced the War Memorial stage countless times since she joined us last year. Originally from Latvia, Zanda has undoubtedly flourished during her time in San Francisco, and we can't wait to see her shine this Summer and Fall in our productions of La CiociaraLucia di Lammermoor, and The Magic FluteLearn more about Zanda's childhood, hobbies, and hopes for the future as she reflects upon her Adler Fellowship below! 
Posted: 04/29/2015 by San Francisco Opera

Julie Adams may be a first year Adler Fellow, but she is no stranger to San Francisco. Julie first came to SF for her undergradute degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and never left, except to pursue further education at prestigious programs like Music Academy of the West and the International Vocal Arts Institute. Julie's hard work is paying off: she was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Winner in 2014, she made her SFOpera debut as Mimì in La Bohème for Families last fall, and she recently presented her Schwabacher Debut Recital. We are sure this is just the beginning for this already acclaimed soprano!
Posted: 04/07/2015 by San Francisco Opera

Did you know…?

Today we dive into the history of Verdi’s brilliant work, Don Carlo.
There are 4 versions of Don Carlo. The first is the five-act French version which premiered in Paris in 1867. The second, a five-act Italian version which premiered in Naples in 1872. The third was a shortened to a four-act Italian version for Milan in 1884. Finally, a five-act Italian version without the ballet was made for opera house in Modena in 1886. Today, the most commonly performed are the French version of 1867 and Italian version of 1884. 

Posted: 03/20/2015 by San Francisco Opera

Carmen routinely ranks among the world’s most performed operas, but perhaps no single work in the repertoire is as well known outside the opera house. Music from Carmen is regularly performed in concert settings, and it has been adapted as a ballet, a film on ice (starring Katarina Witt and Brian Boitano), and a hip-hopera (Beyonce’s acting debut).

Posted: 03/13/2015 by San Francisco Opera

Each year, there is one particular day celebrated by math nerds and bakers alike: March 14. Why, you ask? Because it’s Pi Day! Pi is the mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it is commonly approximated to 3.14159, though it can extended to over 13.3 trillion (yes, trillion) digits. This year's celebration is considered the mother lode of all Pi Days because it is the only day in this century that will follow Pi to four digits, as it occurs on March 14, 2015 (3.14.15 – get it?) It is customary on Pi Day to eat -- what else?-- pie. And even though Pi Day did not exist during the Dickensian days of Sweeney Todd, we think the entrepreneurial Mrs. Lovett would have happily embraced the holiday. And so we share two beloved pie recipes from our staff – one sweet and one savory -- which will be served on Pi Day in honor of Mrs. Lovett. And unlike Mrs. Lovett, we can guarantee that no poets or priests were harmed in the making of these pies.
Posted: 03/13/2015 by San Francisco Opera

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