As soprano Patricia Racette takes on the herculean task of creating the title role in Tobias Picker's world premiere opera Dolores Claiborne
AND performing the role of Margherita in Mefistopheles
this fall at San Francisco Opera, it is safe to say that this soprano's plate is full. But, lucky for us (in more ways than one!), the effervescent Racette took time out to participate in our 5 Questions blog.
Posted: 09/11/2013 by
San Francisco Opera
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
American soprano Maria Kanyova made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2012 as Pat Nixon in John Adams's Nixon in China
. In this summer's world premiere The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
by Mark Adamo, Kanyova graced the War Memorial Opera House stage as Miriam—a performance the San Francisco Examiner
Posted: 07/12/2013 by
San Francisco Opera
"Okay, let's run it again from the same place," says our director Kevin Newbury. "Strong and wrong."
I've come to love that phrase. In rehearsals we have to give ourselves over to our impulses in the moment, to try different moods and reactions before we choose the best one. "The best idea wins," Kevin told us on the first day of rehearsals. Everyone is encouraged to contribute if they have an idea for the tone of a scene or a piece of stage business. But in order for an interesting dramatic moment to emerge, we have to be willing to take a chance that it might fail—"wrong"—and commit to it anyway—"strong." It frees us from the interference of our inner critics and editors and allows us to take our reactions to their most compelling place.
Posted: 07/08/2013 by
Stacey Tappan (Seeker and Girl, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene)
One of the most riveting scenes of Mark Adamo's opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
occurs when Peter is overcome with grief for having denied Jesus three times before his crucifixion.
As the stage is bathed in blood red light, Peter falls to his knees, wailing, "How many times will I remember this? Seven times seven?" This moment of anguish has inspired other composers to some of their most dramatic and poignant music as well.
Posted: 06/27/2013 by