Karen Kamensek leads the stellar San Francisco Opera Orchestra for our company premiere of Susannah in her San Francisco Opera Debut. We chatted with Karen to get a better idea of who is the woman behind the baton.

Posted: 09/15/2014 by Karen Kamensek (Conductor, Susannah)

American bass-baritone, Christian Van Horn, is a veteran of the San Francisco Opera stage having performed as The King of Egypt (Aida, 2010–11); The Bonze (Madame Butterfly, 2010–11); The Bailiff (Werther, 2010–11); Timur (Turandot, 2011–12); Lindorf, Dr. Miracle and Dapertutto (Tales of Hoffmann, 2012–13) and Cesare Angelotti (Tosca, 2012–13). He returns to the War Memorial Opera House this fall in our season opening production of Norma. We interviewed Christian for a better chance to get to know the man behind Oroveso's epic face tattoos. Enjoy!  
Posted: 09/12/2014 by Christian Van Horn (Oroveso, Norma)

Like many female characters in the Bible, Susanna is one-dimensional, seemingly created only to teach a lesson. She is mentioned in just a few paragraphs from the Book of Daniel. And her story is considered apocryphal by several religions, appearing only in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions.  

Posted: 09/12/2014 by San Francisco Opera

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

On Monday, August 25 General Director David Gockley accepted San Francisco Ballet's challenge to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Not only that, but Music Director Nicola Luisotti and six members of our executive staff stepped up to the challenge as well! On the front steps of the War Memorial Opera House and in front of a crowd of opera staffers and passers-by, the leadership of San Francisco Opera soaked each other with ice cold water in order to raise awareness for ALS (also known as Lou Gherig's disease). In addition, the opera gave a donation to the Les Turner ALS Foundation in honor of Jean Koplos, mother of our Director of Electronic Media, Jessica Koplos. Keep reading to see San Francisco Opera's top brass get soaked, and watch the video to find out who WE challenged to dunk themselves next.
Posted: 08/21/2014 by San Francisco Opera

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