We're excited to welcome Daniel Knapp, our new Director of Production, to the San Francisco Opera family. We had the opportunity to sit down and ask him a few questions about his career in opera and his new home in San Francisco! Enjoy!

Posted: 02/20/2015 by San Francisco Opera

In writing Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Wagner turned to Johann Christoph Wagenseil’s 1697 historical study, Buch von der Meister-Singer holdseligen Kunst Anfang (Book of the Mastersingers’ Fair Art), for the basis of his libretto. He even used the names of real Nuremberg master singers, the titles of actual songs, the rules for song competitions, the list of mistakes/penalties and various technical expressions in and throughout his opera. 

One of the most striking moments from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, however, was based on an early masterwork from Wagner's own cannon—Tristan und Isolde...

Posted: 02/20/2015 by San Francisco Opera

Matthew Stump is a first year Adler Fellow from Goshen, Indiana. He holds a Bachelors degree from Luther College, and also studied at the University of North Texas before joining San Francisco Opera. Learn more about Matthew's hobbies, aspirations, and his insights regarding the opera industry, as well as some sincere advice for young singers. Catch Matthew singing with fellow Adler Fellows Jacqueline Piccolino, Zanda Svede, and Chong Wang in a Schwabacher Debut Recital on March 15th with renowned coach and pianist, Martin Katz. 

Posted: 02/16/2015 by San Francisco Opera

Over the last few years, we've asked some of our artists the same question: "Describe your first onstage Opera Kiss." Their responses were vastly different. Many of the stories were funny, some were sweet, and some couldn't even remember! From this 'study in Opera Kiss' we've learned at least one thing—Opera brings people together. And what better way to celebrate the holiday of love, than with a little #OperaLove of our own. Happy Valentine's Day from San Francisco Opera!

Posted: 02/13/2015 by San Francisco Opera

The use of video projections to complement traditional scenery and backdrops is by now a familiar sight to most operagoers. Perhaps no production mounted at the War Memorial Opera House depends as heavily on this technology as Jun Kaneko’s whimsical interpretation of The Magic Flute, returning to our stage this fall. Premiered in San Francisco in 2012, the Kaneko production forgoes a physical set almost entirely in favor of vivid animation sequences projected onto screens at the rear and sides of the stage.
Posted: 02/12/2015 by San Francisco Opera

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