San Francisco Opera Principal Oboist Mingjia Liu knows it takes a whole lot of time and preparation for any orchestra member to prepare their music for an opera performance. What many people do not realize is that playing the oboe includes a whole other type of preparation--reed preparation. In this video, Mingjia explains the unique task he tackles every single day before he even lifts his instrument out of the case.

 

Posted: 11/14/2011 by Mingjia Liu (Principal Oboe)


Inexplicable things happen to me in London. Several years ago I made an early morning visit to Westminster Abbey, that great reliquary of historical memory, and found it almost empty and utterly silent, a rare state for one of the world’s great tourist magnets. I intended to spend a few quiet moments at the memorial stone of my favorite composer, George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), the great German-born composer, Italian-trained, and rightly claimed by England as their own.

Posted: 11/11/2011 by Patrick Summers (Conductor, Xerxes)


It's hard to believe how much has been going on this fall. All within the first three weeks of the season we managed to get three operas up and running (Turandot, Heart of a Soldier and Lucrezia Borgia); put on two fabulous galas--Opera Ball 2011: A Night in the Forbidden City and Bravo! Club Opening Night Gala; present the world premiere of a brand new opera; hold the City of San Francisco's official observance of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks through a moving concert in Golden Gate Park; host Opera at the Ballpark at AT&T Park for the first time in daylight; and meanwhile launch our second series of television screenings on KQED 9. We are proud to be such an integral part of San Francisco's community and look forward to the rest of the 2011 fall season!
Posted: 10/11/2011 by San Francisco Opera


One of our favorite events of every season, this year's Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark brought together a diverse crowd of people from all over the Bay Area to enjoy opera al fresco! Especially fun this year were the many family activities inspired by Turandot available for children. Enjoy this selection of photos from this year's event and re-live the fun!


All photos by Linda Betty Manyisha. 



 

Posted: 10/10/2011 by Linda Betty Manyisha (Photographer)


Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark is an exciting and exhilarating event. It’s quite an experience to enjoy free opera “al fresco” with thousands of fans. For the simulcast attendee, the entire experience lasts a few hours. As a Marketing Associate for San Francisco Opera, my involvement in this event takes a bit more time than that. Ok, a lot more time than that. Ever wonder what it’s like to be one of the many people involved in putting on an event such as Opera at the Ballpark? Below is a timeline of what it’s like to work the event as a member of the marketing team.
Posted: 09/27/2011 by Sheeda Jamsheed (Marketing Operations Associate)


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Backstage at San Francisco Opera is a fascinating, fast-moving, mysterious and sacred space for the Company’s singers, musicians, dancers, technicians and production crews. Musical and staging rehearsals are on-going, scenery is loaded in and taken out, lighting cues are set, costumes and wigs are moved around and everything is made ready to receive the audience. From the principal singers, chorus and orchestra musicians to the creative teams for each opera, in addition to the many talented folks who don’t take a bow on stage, this blog offers unique insight, both thought-provoking and light-hearted, into the life backstage at San Francisco Opera.

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