After a wildly successful role debut of Adalgisa at the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2013, Jamie Barton returns to the role this fall in our season opening production of Norma
. Her San Francisco Opera debut has been similarly successful leaving critics raving that her performance was “a magnificent Company debut with gleaming vocal tone and emotional urgency” (San Francisco Chronicle
). All successes aside, Barton’s charming personality shined in a brief interview excerpted below. Enjoy!
Posted: 09/16/2014 by
Jamie Barton (Adalgisa, Norma)
Our 2014-15 season opening weekend was a whirlwind of activity, from the opening night gala featuring Bellini’s Norma
, to the opening performance of Susannah
on Saturday, with the free Opera in the Park concert as a grand finale on Sunday. Here’s a visual wrap-up culled from the hundreds of social media posts from artists and audience members.
Posted: 09/08/2014 by
San Francisco Opera
With the final performance of Madama Butterfly
on July 9, let's take a moment and rediscover how artist and production designer Jun Kaneko took his first foray into opera design. Below is an excerpt from his 2011 book.
One sunny afternoon in early Spring 2003, I received an invitation to fly with Madama Butterfly
. After a few months of consideration, I accepted and my journey designing scenery and costumes for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Posted: 07/02/2014 by
Jun Kaneko (Production Designer, Madama Butterfly)
When I first met Jun Kaneko, he was on a ladder with clay up to his elbows, working on a gigantic head. He joked that the piece might take two years to dry, and then he wouldn’t be able to say whether it would crack when it encountered the incredible heat of the kiln. I knew then that we would have a rich collaboration! As with one of Jun’s large clay pieces, we worked for over two years to create the world that was to be our Madama Butterfly.
It was an incredibly rich creative and collaborative process born out of deep respect for Puccini’s masterpiece and its resonance within Jun Kaneko’s beautiful and profound aesthetic vision.
Posted: 06/27/2014 by
Leslie Swackhamer (Director, Madame Butterfly)
This Friday, San Francisco Opera will celebrate the opening of our 91st Season with a gala opening night like none other. Co-chaired by Ann Girard and Mai Shiver, San Francisco Opera Guild’s sold-out 2013 Opera Ball: The Garden of Good and Evil
will be created by celebrity event designer Colin Cowie and will reflect the celestial and devilish themes of the evening’s performance––late 19th-century Italian composer Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele
Posted: 09/03/2013 by
Colin Cowie, Opera Ball 2013 Designer