Release date: 10/7/2011

San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances present Music Director Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in Concert at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall

Friday, October 28 at 8pm

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SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2011—San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances present Music Director Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in concert at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. Nicola Luisotti will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in Beethoven’s celebrated Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7.
 
The concert is the first of two special appearances this season at Zellerbach Hall showcasing Maestro Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. On June 3, 2012 at 3 p.m., Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra perform Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony, Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B−flat Major with cellist Amit Peled and Cherubini’s Symphony in D Major. 
 
Since joining San Francisco Opera as Music Director in 2009, Maestro Luisotti has been warmly embraced by San Francisco audiences. Noting “the brilliance of Luisotti’s orchestral conducting,” The San Francisco Chronicle called Luisotti “a blast to watch in action.” “Under his baton, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra sparkles, shimmers, storms, and, most importantly, sings the music” (San Francisco Examiner). The concerts are an exciting chance for audiences to experience the distinguished San Francisco Opera Orchestra shine in symphonic repertoire.
 
Music Director Nicola Luisotti opened San Francisco Opera’s 89th season leading critically acclaimed performances of Puccini’s Turandot. This fall, he also conducts a new San Francisco Opera production of Don Giovanni, opening on October 15, and November performances of Bizet’s Carmen. In June, he leads a new San Francisco Opera and Teatro alla Scala co-production of Verdi’s Attila, which Luisotti recently debuted at La Scala in Milan. Luisotti’s other engagements during the 2011–12 season include Tosca at La Scala and the rarely performed I Masnadieri at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, in addition to many orchestral engagements, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the orchestras of Cleveland and Philadelphia. A native of Tuscany, Luisotti is also the principal guest conductor at Tokyo Symphony.
Tickets and Information
NICOLA LUISOTTI AND THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA
Presented by San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances
 
Friday, October 28, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.                            Zellerbach Hall
                                                                                     University of California, Berkeley
 
Nicola Luisotti, conductor
San Francisco Opera Orchestra
 
PROGRAM:
Beethoven / Symphony No. 5
Beethoven / Symphony No. 7
 
A free, informative Key Notes talk will be given by musicologist Anicia Timberlake on Friday, October 28 from 5:00 p.m.– 6 p.m. in the Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine. This pre-performance talk is free and open to the public. 
 
TICKETS & INFORMATION:
Tickets are priced from $30 to $80 and may be purchased online at sfopera.com and through the San Francisco Opera Box Office [War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove Street), or by phone at (415) 864-3330]. Tickets can also be purchased through Cal Performances’ Box Office [Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, by phone at (510) 642-9988] or online at calperformances.org.