After a wildly successful role debut of Adalgisa at the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2013, Jamie Barton returns to the role this fall in our season opening production of Norma
. Her San Francisco Opera debut has been similarly successful leaving critics raving that her performance was “a magnificent Company debut with gleaming vocal tone and emotional urgency” (San Francisco Chronicle
). All successes aside, Barton’s charming personality shined in a brief interview excerpted below. Enjoy!
Posted: 09/16/2014 by
Jamie Barton (Adalgisa, Norma)
Our 2014-15 season opening weekend was a whirlwind of activity, from the opening night gala featuring Bellini’s Norma
, to the opening performance of Susannah
on Saturday, with the free Opera in the Park concert as a grand finale on Sunday. Here’s a visual wrap-up culled from the hundreds of social media posts from artists and audience members.
Posted: 09/08/2014 by
San Francisco Opera
This Friday, San Francisco Opera will celebrate the opening of our 91st Season with a gala opening night like none other. Co-chaired by Ann Girard and Mai Shiver, San Francisco Opera Guild’s sold-out 2013 Opera Ball: The Garden of Good and Evil
will be created by celebrity event designer Colin Cowie and will reflect the celestial and devilish themes of the evening’s performance––late 19th-century Italian composer Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele
Posted: 09/03/2013 by
Colin Cowie, Opera Ball 2013 Designer
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)