One of San Francisco Opera's favorite stage directors is Jose Maria Condemi. Along with being a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Opera stage, Jose Maria is also Artistic Director at Opera Santa Barbara and an advocate for young artists. This fall he directed Puccini's formidable "Tosca" staring not one, but two alternating casts in the production. Amid his busy schedule, Jose Maria took some time to answer our Five Questions. Take a read and see how one handles breathing new life into old productions, advice for young performances and where to get great BBQ in San Francisco.
Posted: 11/27/2012 by
San Francisco Opera
How did you come to work on Moby-Dick and what was the early process?
We were getting ready to premiere Three Decembers
in Houston (2008) and very close to the end of the process when Jake and Gene approached me about Moby-Dick.
It was impossible for me to say no the challenge of staging Moby Dick, but even harder to pass up the opportunity to work with Jake and Gene again. Nothing had been written at that point, so I was part of the project from the very beginning and the three of us worked through it as a team.
I work on a lot of new pieces, and I’m often with them from the start. In this particular process with Moby-Dick
, we all found our way through this massive book together, looking at it from three distinct points of view: Gene the words, Jake the music, and me concentrating on the structure of the story.
Posted: 10/18/2012 by
Leonard Foglia (Director, Moby-Dick)
"I quite enjoy trying to understand the personality of the performer." –Harry Silverstein, Rigoletto
Posted: 09/24/2012 by
San Francisco Opera
Last Thursday on August 16th, the San Francisco Opera's BRAVO! Club officially kicked off the 21th Annual Opening Gala under the glitz and glamor of the CODE Salon and The Factory Label. Over 150 BRAVO! Gala ticket holders and their guests were invited to celebrate this year's Gala in style.
Posted: 08/20/2012 by
Amy Higgins (BRAVO Board Member)
San Francisco Opera's BRAVO! CLUB is a group of young adults dedicated to building a new audience for San Francisco Opera with other arts lovers aged 21–40. Founded in 1991, the group has an annual membership of over 500 Bay Area professionals and hosts a variety of educational and performance-related events in support of San Francisco Opera. BRAVO! CLUB board president, Barclay Rogers, shares his story on why he joined the group.
Posted: 05/16/2012 by
Barclay Rogers (BRAVO! CLUB Board President)