The excitement of creating a role in a world premiere production with San Francisco Opera is electrifying. For me it began the instant I got the invitation to join the cast (though I must admit it was also a little daunting). After all, how could I not think about the legacy of amazing works that were commissioned or premiered by SFO—Dead Man Walking
, Doctor Atomic
and so many others—and about filling the shoes of the distinguished performers who have sung and created roles here?
Posted: 02/19/2013 by
Scott Joiner (Dickon, The Secret Garden)
We're counting down the days until we open our world-premiere production of Nolan Gasser's The Secret Garden and rehearsals here at San Francisco Opera are about to head over the Bay Bridge to Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley. We're thrilled to be co-presenting this work with Cal Performances and we've lined up an exciting young cast who will be bringing this beloved childhood tale to life. Find out a little bit more about the Secret Garden cast in today's blog post.
Posted: 02/15/2013 by
San Francisco Opera
Adapting Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved novel, The Secret Garden
, as an opera, has been a joy, for two main reasons. One is the strength and beauty of the book, and the other has been the delight of working with a brilliant composer, Nolan Gasser, who has been as encouraging, flexible and astute a collaborator as any librettist could wish for.
Posted: 02/11/2013 by
Carey Harrison (Librettist, The Secret Garden)
The Secret Garden
premiere is just around the corner and to whet your appetite even more, we've decided to delve a little deeper into painter and video artist Naomie Kremer's designs for the show. Read on to see a selection of Naomie's storyboards showing plans for the set and projections as well as costume sketches by costume designer Kristi Johnson.
Additionally, Cal Performances
met up with Naomie for a walk through her Bay Area art studio. The resulting video shows her process from concept to finished product. We think you'll be surprised what has gone into creating the backdrop for this exciting new opera!
Posted: 02/08/2013 by
Naomie Kremer (Visual Designer, The Secret Garden)
Calendar 2013 will be a record year in San Francisco Opera history, with three—count’em—THREE world premieres of brand new operas happening in a seven month period! Our new work for families, The Secret Garden
, opens in March at Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley, followed smartly by our two new main-stage works, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
in June and Dolores Claiborne
in September. My job as Director of Music Administration carries with it the privilege (and sometimes the headache) of nudging these commission projects along from initial conception to opening night. So far I’ve been involved with 14 new commissions (not counting the several that never quite made it all the way), and each project has had its unique challenges.
Posted: 01/22/2013 by
Kip Cranna, Director of Music Administration