Kyle Brisby is a supernumerary in our current production of Handel's
Xerxes. As one of several Super Wardens, he is required to silently walk, act and even move furniture around the stage with perfect timing. Of particular importance to this production, Kyle must look exactly identical to his other Super Wardens--all wearing black costumes with entirely white, bald heads. Photographer Michael Harvey took pictures of the entire process as makeup artist Lisa Patnoe transforms Kyle Brisby from a 21st century guy into a truly
Posted: 11/08/2011 by
Kyle Brisby (Super Warden, Xerxes)
As the lutenist in San Francisco Opera’s 2011 production of Xerxes, I play not only an unusual role in the orchestra, but also a number of unusual instruments not well known to many opera goers. While the traditional opera repertory is not often thought of as utilizing improvisation, baroque music has a rich history of it. Nowhere is this truer than in this production of Xerxes where the harpsichord and I make up what could essentially be called the rhythm section of the orchestra. We play from a bass line, much like what a cellist uses, but we have figured bass (numbers under the bass notes which tell us which harmonies to play) added to our parts. Similar to how a jazz pianist might accompany a song, both the harpsichord the lute family instruments play the harmony, which is improvised in keeping with musical content of the composer.
Posted: 11/05/2011 by
Michael Leopold (Theorbo, Arch Lute and Baroque Guitar, 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)