I have received several inquiries into why we are performing our upcoming Magic Flute
in English. It’s a good question that deserves an explanation.
In Mozart’s time (late 1700’s), Italian was the language of opera. The genre of Italian “opera seria” crossed the Alps and settled in Austria, Germany and England in particular. Audiences in Austria attended “court operas,” supported by the nobility and presented in theaters that were near–or a part of–royal or lordly palaces. One can remember the image of Mozart’s operas being performed in Vienna’s Burgtheater in the film Amadeus. Lots of powdered faces, white wigs and bitchy courtiers. After Cosi fan tutte, Mozart fell out of favor with the Austrian court and lost his salaried position. He was also losing his health.
Posted: 03/12/2012 by
David Gockley (General Director)
Jun Kaneko, renowned Japanese-American visual artist, is the Production Designer for our new production of
The Magic Flute, opening June 13, 2012. His ceramic, bronze, and glass sculptural work and two-dimensional artwork appears in numerous international solo and group exhibitions annually and is included in approximately fifty museum collections. He has realized almost thirty public art commissions in the United States and Japan. His previous opera productions were
Madama Butterfly for Opera Omaha (2007) and
Fidelio for the Opera Company of Philadelphia (2008).
Posted: 03/06/2012 by
Jun Kaneko (Production Designer, The Magic Flute)
How many people does it takes to run a performance of Turandot
? More than you might think!
Posted: 11/23/2011 by
San Francisco Opera
My job at San Francisco Opera as video director is to work with the production team, the artists and the media team to direct the capture of each opera for television and theatrical distribution. I have been directing at the opera for 5 years. Rigoletto
was my first plazacast to the civic center and it was very well received. David Gockley had the idea of building an HD suite on the 5th
floor of the opera house and I was fortunate to be hired as the resident video director. I have directed all of the AT&T Ballpark simulcasts and over 25 operas for OperaVision, television and theatrical distribution. Over the last five years, two other directors--Christine Strand and Bob Harnett—have also directed some of the operas.
Posted: 11/18/2011 by
Frank Zamacona (Video Director)
Tenor Joseph Frank sings the role of Emperor Altoum in
Turandot. Emperor Altoum is one million years old...and Joe Frank is not. It is makeup artist Timothy Santry's job to transform Joe before each performance of
Turandot into a million-year-old Chinese emperor. But well before the first performance back in September, preparations were being made for this complicated transformation. Tim Santry started the look by creating a custom prosthetic face to be worn as a base for the look. We were there to capture photos of the process.
Posted: 11/16/2011 by
Timothy Santry (Makeup Artist)