Projection designer Greg Emetaz is a filmmaker based in New York City, making his San Francisco Opera debut with his designs for Dolores Claiborne. We were excited to hear about his projection design process for this provocative world premiere opera. As an added bonus, Greg shared some of his gorgeous designs with us below. How did he bring the Maine landscape to the Opera House? What does he hope audiences will take away from the experience? Read on to find out!

Posted: 10/03/2013 by San Francisco Opera


We here at San Francisco Opera are often asked, "Who was that great singer who played so-and-so in that one opera you did a few years ago? I feel like I have seen them here before." 
 
Our upcoming production of Falstaff features the San Francisco Opera debut of Italian baritone Fabio Capitanucci in the role of Ford, and is also the first time since 1995 that Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will have graced the War Memorial stage (he was last seen in a gala concert for Charles Mackerras). In addition to these stars, the rest of the Falstaff cast is comprised of incredibly talented artists who have recently appeared on our stage.

For today's photo blog, we highlight each of the artists in Falstaff who has had past roles at San Francisco Opera. This way, when you see the production and think to yourself, "I feel like I've seen them somewhere before...," you'll impress your seatmates by knowing where. [All photos by Cory Weaver.]

Posted: 10/02/2013 by San Francisco Opera


A few weeks ago, the very intriguing and very busy Elizabeth Futral took some time in between Dolores Claiborne rehearsals to answer some questions for us. Now onstage, the San Jose Mercury News raved that her performance as Vera Donovan in this exciting world premiere opera, "generates out-sized power." We think that assessment is pretty spot on!




Posted: 09/25/2013 by San Francisco Opera


Our next Adler Profile features a native of Kiamusze, China: tenor Chuanyue Wang.  A first-year Adler Fellow and graduate of the 2012 Merola Opera Program, Chuanyue is an operatic star in his native China having won numerous talent competition awards including first prize in the Chinese Culture Ministry’s WenHua Competition, the Mandova Competition, the China International Vocal Competition, and the Chinese National Young TV Singers Competition. Prior to his Adler Fellowship, Chuanyue graduated from China’s Central Music Conservatory. This season, Chuanyue made his debut on the War Memorial Opera House Stage as Wagner & Nereo in Boito's Mefistofele and is also covering the role of Fenton in Falstaff.
Posted: 09/20/2013 by San Francisco Opera


First-year Adler Fellow Erin Johnson is currently performing on the War Memorial Opera House stage as Marta in Boito's Mephistopheles. Our hard-working Adler took some time out of her schedule to answer five questions for us. How does she feel about singing alongside Ildar Abdrazakov? What are her dream roles? What talent does she have–other than singing, of course? Read on to find out!


Posted: 09/17/2013 by San Francisco Opera


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Backstage at San Francisco Opera is a fascinating, fast-moving, mysterious and sacred space for the Company’s singers, musicians, dancers, technicians and production crews. Musical and staging rehearsals are on-going, scenery is loaded in and taken out, lighting cues are set, costumes and wigs are moved around and everything is made ready to receive the audience. From the principal singers, chorus and orchestra musicians to the creative teams for each opera, in addition to the many talented folks who don’t take a bow on stage, this blog offers unique insight, both thought-provoking and light-hearted, into the life backstage at San Francisco Opera.

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