Backstage at San Francisco Opera > June 2013 > I've seen you somewhere before...
I've seen you somewhere before...
We here at San Francisco Opera are often asked, "Who was that great singer who played so-and-so in that one opera you did a few years ago? I feel like I have seen them here before." More often than not, the artist in question is one of the fabulous young artists we have had grace our stage. 

This summer's production of "Cosi fan tutte" features the San Francisco Opera debut of German mezzo-soprano Christel Lötzsch in the role of Dorabella, as well as the mainstage San Francisco Opera debut of bass-baritone Adler Fellow Philippe Sly as Guglielmo. In addition, the rest of the Cosi cast is comprised of incredibly talented young artists who have recently appeared on our stage. For today's photo blog, we highlight each principal Cosi artist who has had past roles at San Francisco Opera. This way, when you see the production and think to yourself, "I feel like I've seen them somewhere before...," you'll impress your seatmates by knowing where.

Soprano Ellie Dehn (Fiordiligi)

Ms. Dehn joins us this summer as Fiordiligi, but she first wowed San Francisco audiences as the lovely and vulnerable Countess Almaviva in our 2010 production of The Marriage of Figaro. [Photos by Cory Weaver.]

In 2011, Dehn returned as the much maligned Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. [Photos by Cory Weaver.]

[Dehn, masked, appears on the far right side.]

Soprano Susannah Biller (Despina)

Former Adler Fellow Susannah Biller made several appearances on the War Memorial stage during her two-year fellowship, including her debut as Kätchen in our 2010 production of Werther. [Photo by Cory Weaver.]

Biller followed her debut in Werther by playing the role of aspiring young singer Kristina in our 2010 production of The Makropulos Case. [Photos by Cory Weaver.]

In 2011, Biller created the roles of Lolita and a bridesmaid in the world premiere opera Heart of a Soldier. [Photos by Cory Weaver.]

Later in our 2011-2012 season, Biller appeared as the seductive gypsy Frasquita in Carmen. [Photos by Cory Weaver.]

Tenor Francesco Demuro (Ferrando)

Demuro made his San Francisco Opera debut as the lecherous Duke of Mantua in our 2012 production of Rigoletto. See him here with Zeljko Lucic (as Rigoletto) as well as seducing a few of his conquests in the production. [Photos by Cory Weaver.]

Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly (Guglielmo)

Adler Fellow Philippe Sly makes his mainstage debut with San Francisco Opera as Guglielmo, but in March 2013 he created the role of Mary's uncle, Archibald Craven, in the world premiere family opera The Secret Garden, a co-commission with Cal Performances in Berkeley. [Photos by Betsy Kershner.]

Bass Marco Vinco (Don Alfonso)

Mr. Vinco made his San Francisco Opera debut as the man servant Leporello in our 2011 production of Don Giovanni, wowing audiences with his vocally and physically athletic performance. [Photos by Cory Weaver.]

Posted: 6/5/2013 3:54:46 PM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: 2012-13Season, Adler, Carmen, CosiFanTutte, DonGiovanni, HeartOfASoldier, new-works, Rigoletto, SecretGarden, singer, ŽeljkoLučić


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