On Sunday, August 19, The San Francisco Opera Orchestra, along with a group of Adler Fellows, joined soprano Leah Crocetto and tenor Michael Fabiano to present a concert of arias and duets at the Stern Grove Festival. Our annual concert at Stern Grove is always a favorite of bay area crowds, but this one was even more special since Stern Grove is celebrating their 75th Anniversary. The concert was a great success and a fun afternoon for everyone involved. Take a look at a selection of photos from the event and you'll see what we mean. All photos by Scott Wall.
David Gockley, sporting his San Francisco Giants cap, addresses the crowd before the performance.
San Francisco Opera Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi conducts.
Leah Crocetto wows the crowd with her rendition of "Si, ferite! . . . Madre, a te" from Rossini's Maometto II
, which she recently performed at Santa Fe Opera. Read the San Francisco Chronicle review
of this concert and Leah's performance!
Michael Fabiano sings "Je suis seul . . . Ah! fuyez, douce image" from Massenet's Manon.
Read Michael's Q&A with Stern grove on their website
Leah and Michael's duets were some of the highlights of the show. They sang selections from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor,
and a special encore from Puccini's La Boheme.
A full crowd in Sigmund Stern Grove.
Adler Fellow Nadine Sierra sings "Ah, je veux vivre" from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.
Michael Fabiano and Leah Crocetto wave goodbye to their adoring fans.
The happy audience.
A special fan club!
L to R: Michael Fabiano, Stern Grove Festival Board President Douglas Goldman, Leah Crocetto, San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley, Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi and Music Director Nicola Luisotti.