Today we are launching our spring fundraising appeal with a goal of raising $500,000 by the end of our fiscal year on July 31. And we couldn’t be off to a better start because San Francisco Opera Board President Keith Geeslin and his wife Priscilla have just stepped forward with a remarkable offer. For a limited time, they will match all new and increased gifts of $75 or more, dollar-for-dollar!



Posted: 05/11/2015 by San Francisco Opera


The Trojans features two of the most compelling, interesting and powerful women in classical mythology: Cassandra and Dido.  In this post we will consider the seer whom no one believes: Cassandra.
 
Have you ever warned people of impending doom and had no one believe you? That’s the life Cassandra lived. She had both a special gift of knowing the future as well as the curse of having no one believe her.
 
Posted: 05/11/2015 by Carolyn Spitz (San Francisco Opera Education Volunteer)


Second year Adler Fellow Zanda Švēde has graced the War Memorial stage countless times since she joined us last year. Originally from Latvia, Zanda has undoubtedly flourished during her time in San Francisco, and we can't wait to see her shine this Summer and Fall in our productions of La CiociaraLucia di Lammermoor, and The Magic FluteLearn more about Zanda's childhood, hobbies, and hopes for the future as she reflects upon her Adler Fellowship below! 
Posted: 04/29/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Julie Adams may be a first year Adler Fellow, but she is no stranger to San Francisco. Julie first came to SF for her undergradute degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and never left, except to pursue further education at prestigious programs like Music Academy of the West and the International Vocal Arts Institute. Julie's hard work is paying off: she was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Winner in 2014, she made her SFOpera debut as Mimì in La Bohème for Families last fall, and she recently presented her Schwabacher Debut Recital. We are sure this is just the beginning for this already acclaimed soprano!
Posted: 04/07/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Did you know…?

Today we dive into the history of Verdi’s brilliant work, Don Carlo.
 
There are 4 versions of Don Carlo. The first is the five-act French version which premiered in Paris in 1867. The second, a five-act Italian version which premiered in Naples in 1872. The third was a shortened to a four-act Italian version for Milan in 1884. Finally, a five-act Italian version without the ballet was made for opera house in Modena in 1886. Today, the most commonly performed are the French version of 1867 and Italian version of 1884. 

Posted: 03/20/2015 by San Francisco Opera


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