With the final performance of Madama Butterfly
on July 9, let's take a moment and rediscover how artist and production designer Jun Kaneko took his first foray into opera design. Below is an excerpt from his 2011 book.
Posted: 07/02/2014 by
Jun Kaneko (Production Designer, Madama Butterfly)
When I first met Jun Kaneko, he was on a ladder with clay up to his elbows, working on a gigantic head. He joked that the piece might take two years to dry, and then he wouldn’t be able to say whether it would crack when it encountered the incredible heat of the kiln. I knew then that we would have a rich collaboration! As with one of Jun’s large clay pieces, we worked for over two years to create the world that was to be our Madama Butterfly.
It was an incredibly rich creative and collaborative process born out of deep respect for Puccini’s masterpiece and its resonance within Jun Kaneko’s beautiful and profound aesthetic vision.
Posted: 06/27/2014 by
Leslie Swackhamer (Director, Madame Butterfly)
It was cold in New York in February, 2008 when I flew into LaGuardia airport, but not too cold. After years of living in Lexington, KY, where I raised a son and worked on a Master’s in Vocal performance at the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, I always flew into the busiest airport of my hometown for opera auditions with the romantic head of a twenty-something professional virgin from the midwest—this, when I was anything but.
Posted: 06/17/2014 by
by Earl Hazell, (Extra Chorus, Show Boat)
American soprano Heidi Stober makes her role debut as the innocent, but resilient Magnolia Hawks in Show Boat
. Heidi made her San Francisco Opera debut in the 2010-11 Season as Sophie in Werther
and has since returned as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro
, Atalanta in Xerxes
, Pamina in The Magic Flute
and Nannetta in Falstaff
. Currently a principal artist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Heidi took time out of her busy performance schedule to answer our five questions. Take a look and be sure to catch her thrilling performance in Show Boat
at San Francisco Opera this summer.
Posted: 06/04/2014 by
Heidi Stober (Magnolia, Show Boat)
The Golden Globes, Screen Actor's Guild and of course the Grammy Awards are all behind us, and yet we've still got the Oscars to look forward to this winter! And let's be honest, isn't the red carpet the reason we all watch? It's awards season and we've got gorgeous gowns on the mind! Where better to draw inspiration than from some of the most stunning dresses to grace the stage of the War Memoria Opera House? Join us as we look back at gowns from 10 San Francisco Opera productions that our favorite celebrities would kill to wear as they walk the red carpet this season.
Posted: 01/28/2014 by
Christopher Verdosci (Assistant Costume Director)