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)
This year, San Francisco Opera came out... to celebrate LGBT pride by marching in the SF Pride Parade. Adding this to our Rainbow Series Subscription, LGBT focused receptions and events, and the decoration of the opera house with rainbow lights, San Francisco Opera is proud to support our LGBT friends, family, and community. The whole group, including Tosca, five of Scarpia's henchmen, and the many volunteers who marched in the parade, was made up of SFO staff members, supernumeraries, bravo club members, and donors – a collaboration representative of the whole San Francisco Opera family.
Below are some photos from this exciting event.
Posted: 06/30/2014 by
San Francisco Opera
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)
Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong has her hands full as Madame Butterfly's trusted servant, friend and confidant Suzuki in this summer's production of Puccini's beloved opera. She's no newbie to the role, having performed it previously with the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera and even in Japan. One thing Elizabeth always brings with her on her operatic travels is her camera. She maintains a website, A Singer's Suitcase
, where she posts one photo every single day with a simple caption. She shared with us a small selection of photos she's taken during her stay in San Francisco for today's blog post. Take a look, and be sure to check out her website for a deeper glimpse into the life of a travelling opera singer. Elizabeth will be in San Francisco performing in Madame Butterfly
through July 9, so if you haven't seen her yet, don't miss your chance!
Posted: 06/24/2014 by
Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki, Madame Butterfly)
A life on the road can get lonely from time to time. Brian Jagde, our Pinkerton in this summer's Madame Butterfly, is no exception to the rule. Thankfully he has his trusty companian Cav with him where ever he goes! Brian most recently appeared on the San Francisco Opera stage in our 2012 production of Tosca. Where has Brian and Cav been since? Let's find out in our Operatic Doggie Diary!
Posted: 06/18/2014 by
Brian Jagde (Pinkerton, Madame Butterfly)