"You're on!": two of the most thrilling and nerve-wracking words you will ever hear in the English language as a cover (or understudy). In my opinion, covering can be compared with thrill-seeking sports like bungee or base jumping. You must be prepared at a moment's notice to go onstage and perform. During this summer season at San Francisco Opera, I am covering two VERY different roles: Madame Mao from John Adams' Nixon in China
and The Queen of the Night from Mozart's The Magic Flute
Posted: 06/18/2012 by
Susannah Biller (Soprano)
Frank Zamacona had already enjoyed a long career in television directing and producing before he began working with San Francisco Opera. He has produced and directed over 100 entertainment specials and series' distributed by PBS, The Discovery Channel, ABC, HGTV and Link TV. Some of Frank's most memorable credits include creating and producing
Comedy Tonight, a public television series that ran for 10 years; and his work on
The Grateful Dead Movie and
Closing of Winterland: The Grateful Dead. Since 2007, Frank Zamacona has been video director for San Francisco Opera's Grand Opera Cinema Series, AT&T Ballpark simulcasts and OperaVision nights at the opera. He sits down to tell us a little bit about himself in this video blog.
Posted: 06/15/2012 by
Frank Zamacona (Video Director)
, a Pre-Opera Talks Lecturer is a versatile performer frequently featured in opera and choral performances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Before devoting himself to a career in music, John taught English in Guangzhou, China. Below John shares some of his memories on Nixon’s historic visit to China.
Posted: 06/14/2012 by
Those of you who have passed in front of the War Memorial Opera House in the past week have likely noticed a beautiful new addition to our Van Ness entrance. Richly colored in red, yellow, blue, black, and white, renowned artist/sculptor Jun Kaneko’s HEADS will be in place throughout the run of the summer opera season and will coincide with the premiere of Kaneko’s production of The Magic Flute
Posted: 06/11/2012 by
San Francisco Opera
I am just going to admit it: I am showmanced.
And this is no run of the mill, 8 week and then you are done, showmance. This one will go the distance. The difficulty of this showmance is that it involves more than one artist and I am afraid that when Nixon in China
finishes its run here in San Francisco, I may be thrown into a fit of post-show depression that I can’t climb out of.
Posted: 06/08/2012 by
Buffy Baggott (Secretary to Chairman Mao, Nixon in China)