We asked San Francisco Opera Center Musical Director Mark Morash to break down the process of creating the upcoming Schwabacher Debut Recital, About Love
. Want to see first hand? Be sure to mark your calendars for this Sunday, February 23 at Temple Emanu-El
in San Francisco.
Putting together a recital is a lot like putting together a meal. You look at your ingredients and try to figure out how to turn them into a delicious experience.
Posted: 02/19/2014 by
Latvian mezzo-soprano and new Adler Fellow Zanda Švēde
has had a fascinating journey from hotelier to aspiring opera singer. Zanda studied at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival, Scuola Italia in Italy, and the Tyrulean Opera Program in Austria, and has performed such roles as Endimione in Cavalli's La Calisto
, María in Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires
, and the title role in Massenet's Cléopâtre.
She will make her San Francisco Opera debut as Flora in La Traviata
this summer. You can also see Zanda in the first Schwabacher Debut Recital
of 2014 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary on Sunday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. In this profile, Zanda discusses her process of preparing a role, her decision to pursue opera, and reflects upon differences of culture, both musical and otherwise, between Latvia and the United States.
Posted: 02/14/2014 by
How would you feel if someone asked you to make a generous annual donation to the Opera, and in addition, they asked you to volunteer to serve coffee and snacks to artists and stagehands in the canteen on performance nights? Or what about if you were asked to open up a spare room or two in your home as lodging for a young artist or two? Or six? Or seven?
And what if one of these young artists was suffering from the flu, and you were asked to serve her chicken soup and Gatorade until she was recovered enough to sing on the opera house main stage – let’s say something simple, like Lìu in Turandot? And let’s say you did all these things, and on top of it, you provided sponsorship support every year for an Adler Fellow; you remembered the Opera in your estate plans by establishing a charitable remainder trust; you encouraged everyone you met to support the Opera in any way they could; and you did all of these things in loving memory and in the name of your cherished late wife?
Posted: 02/04/2014 by
San Francisco Opera
Sex. Drama. Sabotage. Greed. Oh, and of course, amazing feats of athletic ability. You might not think that opera and the Winter Olympics have anything in common, but we here at San Francisco Opera beg to differ. As we quickly approach the opening of the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we give you 14 ways opera is like the Winter Olympics:
Posted: 02/03/2014 by
San Francisco Opera
The Golden Globes, Screen Actor's Guild and of course the Grammy Awards are all behind us, and yet we've still got the Oscars to look forward to this winter! And let's be honest, isn't the red carpet the reason we all watch? It's awards season and we've got gorgeous gowns on the mind! Where better to draw inspiration than from some of the most stunning dresses to grace the stage of the War Memoria Opera House? Join us as we look back at gowns from 10 San Francisco Opera productions that our favorite celebrities would kill to wear as they walk the red carpet this season.
Posted: 01/28/2014 by
Christopher Verdosci (Assistant Costume Director)