It was cold in New York in February, 2008 when I flew into LaGuardia airport, but not too cold. After years of living in Lexington, KY, where I raised a son and worked on a Master’s in Vocal performance at the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, I always flew into the busiest airport of my hometown for opera auditions with the romantic head of a twenty-something professional virgin from the midwest—this, when I was anything but.
Posted: 06/17/2014 by
by Earl Hazell, (Extra Chorus, Show Boat)
is a member of our stage management staff. Jimmy joined the company in 2010 as a Rehearsal Assistant in the company's Rehearsal Department. Jimmy has been on the production staff as an Assistant Stage Manager for the 2013/14 Season and has worked on the productions Mefistofele
, Dolores Claiborne
, and this summer La Traviata
and Madame Butterfly
. He has also worked as an assistant stage manager and assistant stage director for Opera San Jose, Opera Omaha, Opera Santa Barbara, and Cal Performances. We sat down with Jimmy to discuss his work at SFO and to learn more about what it's like to be in the heat of the action backstage.
Posted: 06/13/2014 by
Jimmy Marcheso (Assistant Stage Manager)
For a major opera company, putting on a classic American musical like Show Boat
is a joy and a challenge. To get an early look at how the effort would be received by members of the public, we invited avid tweeters to apply to live tweet the final dress rehearsal of the show on May 30.
18 live tweeters, armed with charged gadgets and the hashtag #keepsrolling, kept up a rolling commentary on the action.
Posted: 06/13/2014 by
San Francisco Opera
Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu knows a thing or two about Alfredo Germont—the dashing young man who falls in love with, is heart-broken by, reconnects with, and ultimately loses the love of his life. He has performed La Traviata
around the world at many of the most important opera houses and opposite some of opera's most saught-after leading ladies as the fickle, beautiful and terminally ill courtesan Violetta. He returns to San Francisco Opera to perform the role with Nicole Cabell as Violetta and Vladamir Stoyanov as Giorgio Germont. What has Saimir learned from his many portrayals of Alfredo? We asked him 5 questions to find out.
Posted: 06/10/2014 by
Saimir Pirgu (Alfredo, La Traviata)
American soprano Heidi Stober makes her role debut as the innocent, but resilient Magnolia Hawks in Show Boat
. Heidi made her San Francisco Opera debut in the 2010-11 Season as Sophie in Werther
and has since returned as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro
, Atalanta in Xerxes
, Pamina in The Magic Flute
and Nannetta in Falstaff
. Currently a principal artist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Heidi took time out of her busy performance schedule to answer our five questions. Take a look and be sure to catch her thrilling performance in Show Boat
at San Francisco Opera this summer.
Posted: 06/04/2014 by
Heidi Stober (Magnolia, Show Boat)