Release date: 1/18/2011

San Francisco Opera Announces 2011-12 Season

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 18, 2011)—San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley today revealed repertory plans, casting and productions for the 2011–12 Season, the Company’s 89th season. Nine operas will be presented: Heart of a Soldier, a world premiere commissioned on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks; three Company repertory premieres of Lucrezia Borgia, Xerxes and Nixon in China; two new San Francisco Opera production premieres—Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute; a new co-production of Attila with Teatro alla Scala;and Turandot and Carmen, revivals of two classic productions popular with San Francisco audiences. Seventy-four opera performances will be presented at the War Memorial Opera House beginning Friday, September 9 with a gala opening of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot
 
Throughout the season, San Francisco Opera will present some of the world’s leading singers including Renée Fleming, Francesco Meli and Vitalij Kowaljow (Lucrezia Borgia); Melody Moore, William Burden and Thomas Hampson (Heart of a Soldier); Susan Graham, David Daniels and Sonia Prina (Xerxes); Iréne Theorin and Marco Berti (Turandot); Lucas Meachem and Ellie Dehn (Don Giovanni); Kate Aldrich, Thiago Arancam and Paulo Szot (Carmen); Ferruccio Furlanetto, Oksana Dyka, Ramón Vargas, Quinn Kelsey and Samuel Ramey (Attila); Heidi Stober, Alek Shrader, Nathan Gunn, Albina Shagimuratova and Kristinn Sigmundsson (The Magic Flute); and Brian Mulligan, Maria Kanyova and Simon O’Neill (Nixon in China).
 
Conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus will be Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti (Turandot, Don Giovanni, Carmen and Attila), Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers (Heart of a Soldier and Xerxes) and Assistant Music Director Giuseppe Finzi (Turandot and Carmen). Making their Company debuts are conductors Riccardo Frizza (Lucrezia Borgia), Rory Macdonald (The Magic Flute) and Lawrence Renes (Nixon in China). The San Francisco Opera Chorus is directed by Ian Robertson.
 
The creative teams featured in the 2011–12 Season comprise many of the most respected directors and designers in the field: San Francisco Opera Artistic Adviser Francesca Zambello and set designer Peter Davison (Heart of a Soldier); celebrated Italian film director Gabriele Lavia and designer Alessandro Camera (Don Giovanni and Attila); critically acclaimed English director and designer John Pascoe (Lucrezia Borgia); Olivier Award-winning film and stage director Nicholas Hytner, production designer David Fielding and revival director Michael Walling (Xerxes); Japanese-American ceramic artist and painter Jun Kaneko, production designer and director Harry Silverstein (The Magic Flute); the Company debuts of director Michael Cavanagh and designer Erhard Rom (Nixon in China); director Garnett Bruce and designer David Hockney (Turandot); and director Jose Maria Condemi in a production by the late director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (Carmen).
 
The new season is also highlighted by two orchestral concerts showcasing the San Francisco Opera Orchestra led by Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti in co-presentations with Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley on October 28, 2011 and June 3, 2012. In addition, a tribute concert Celebrating Frederica von Stade, the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano and one of the music world’s most beloved figures, is planned for the Herbst Theatre on December 3, 2011. Celebrating Frederica von Stade is presented in association with San Francisco Performances, Cal Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
 
“The Company’s 89th season offers a nice balance of repertory, with a healthy mix of debuting and returning artists,” said General Director David Gockley.  “I am particularly pleased that despite these continuing hard financial times, seven of our nine productions will be new to the War Memorial Opera House stage.”
 
“I look forward to returning to San Francisco Opera for my third season and I am very happy to continue my association with this wonderful company,” commented Music Director Nicola Luisotti.  “I have the great privilege of conducting Turandot, Don Giovanni, Carmen and Attila with wonderful international singers and the great San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The whole season is going to be very special with so much beautiful music, so many new productions, so many extraordinary singers and two fantastic concerts with the Orchestra.”
 
The 2011–12 Season features the Company debuts of many leading artists, including sopranos Oksana Dyka (Odabella/Attila), Serena Farnocchia (Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni), Susan Foster (Turandot/Turandot), Maria Kanyova (Pat Nixon/Nixon in China), Hye Jung Lee (Madame Mao Tse-tung/Nixon in China), Lisette Oropesa (Romilda/Xerxes), Albina Shagimuratova (The Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute) and Iréne Theorin (Turandot/Turandot); mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey (Zerlina/Don Giovanni); tenors Topi Lehtipuu (Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni), Francesco Meli (Gennaro/Lucrezia Borgia), Simon O’Neill (Mao Tse-tung/Nixon in China), Nathaniel Peake (Tamino/The Magic Flute) and Diego Torre (Foresto/Attila); baritones Paulo Szot (Escamillo/Carmen), Chen-Ye Yuan (Chou En-lai/Nixon in China) and Hyung Yun (Ping/Turandot); bass-baritone Wayne Tigges (Ariodates/Xerxes, Zuniga/Carmen); and basses Morris Robinson (The Commendatore/Don Giovanni) and Marco Vinco (Leporello/Don Giovanni).
 
Many acclaimed singers will be returning to the War Memorial Opera House, including sopranos Ellie Dehn (Donna Anna/Don Giovanni), Renée Fleming (Lucrezia Borgia/Lucrezia Borgia), Melody Moore (Susan Rescorla/Heart of a Soldier) and Heidi Stober (Atalanta/Xerxes, Pamina/The Magic Flute); mezzo-sopranos Kate Aldrich (Carmen/Carmen), Elizabeth DeShong (Maffio Orsini/Lucrezia Borgia), and Susan Graham (Xerxes/Xerxes); contralto Sonia Prina (Amastris/Xerxes); countertenor David Daniels (Arsamenes/Xerxes); tenors Thiago Arancam (Don José/Carmen), Marco Berti (Calaf/Turandot), William Burden (Daniel J. Hill/Heart of a Soldier), Greg Fedderly (Monostatos/The Magic Flute), Walter Fraccaro (Calaf/Turandot), Alek Shrader (Tamino/The Magic Flute) and Ramón Vargas (Foresto/Attila); baritones Nathan Gunn (Papageno/The Magic Flute), Thomas Hampson (Rick Rescorla/Heart of a Soldier), Quinn Kelsey (Ezio/Attila), Lucas Meachem (Don Giovanni/Don Giovanni) and Brian Mulligan (Richard Nixon/Nixon in China); bass-baritones Patrick Carfizzi (Henry Kissinger/Nixon in China), David Pittsinger (The Speaker/The Magic Flute) and Christian Van Horn (Timur/Turandot); and basses Raymond Aceto (Timur/Turandot), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Attila/Attila), Vitalij Kowaljow (Alfonso d’Este/Lucrezia Borgia), Samuel Ramey (Pope Leo I/Attila) and Kristinn Sigmundsson (Sarastro/The Magic Flute).
 
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA’S 2011–12 SEASON
 
Turandot—Giacomo Puccini
Puccini’s final masterpiece opens the season under the baton of Music Director Nicola Luisotti, who conducted this melodically rich, colorfully orchestrated work to great acclaim at London’s Royal Opera House in 2009. This passionate tale of a princess whose cruelty masks her fear of love features some of the composer’s most glorious music, including the stirring anthem “Nessun dorma.” It will be performed by an outstanding cast led by Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, “the world’s reigning Turandot” (Opera Britannia), in her Company debut; Adler Fellow Leah Crocetto, an “outlandishly gifted soprano” (San Francisco Chronicle); and Marco Berti, “one of the preeminent Italian singers of his generation” (MusicalCriticism.com). The striking San Francisco Opera/Lyric Opera of Chicago co-production, featuring David Hockney’s dazzling sets and directed by Garnett Bruce, returns in November with an equally impressive ensemble led by American dramatic soprano Susan Foster and Italian tenor Walter Fraccaro.
 
Heart of a Soldier—Christopher Theofanidis and Donna Di Novelli
San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier, a new opera by composer Christopher Theofanidis with a libretto by Donna Di Novelli, based on the critically acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart and the life stories of Susan Rescorla, Rick Rescorla and Daniel J. Hill. A story of war, love, friendship and heroism, Heart of a Soldier reflects on the extraordinary true story of Rick Rescorla, a man trained to be a consummate soldier who gave up his own life saving thousands in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Starring baritone Thomas Hampson (Rick Rescorla), tenor William Burden (Daniel J. Hill) and soprano Melody Moore (Susan Rescorla), Heart of a Soldier is directed by San Francisco Opera Artistic Adviser Francesca Zambello and conducted by San Francisco Opera Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers. The production team also includes set designer Peter J. Davison, costume designer Jess Goldstein, lighting designer Mark McCullough, projection designer S. Katy Tucker and movement director Rick Sordelet. Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, Heart of a Soldier will premiere on Saturday, September 10, 2011—the eve of the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.
 
Lucrezia Borgia—Gaetano Donizetti
Soprano Renée Fleming, one of the most acclaimed artists and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, returns to San Francisco Opera after an absence of ten years for the Company premiere of Donizetti’s melodically rich bel canto masterpiece. Borgia, a femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power, reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son. Fleming, who sings this signature title role “with raw intensity and earthy richness, utterly inhabiting the character” (The New York Times), will be joined by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong (Maffio Orsini), tenor Francesco Meli (Gennaro) and bass Vitalij Kowaljow (Alfonso d’Este), led by conductor Riccardo Frizza. This Washington National Opera production, created for Fleming, marks the Company directorial debut of John Pascoe.
 
Don Giovanni—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart’s bold, beguiling blend of comedy and drama tells the tale of a proud, predatory nobleman and the women who are drawn to him. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts a cast of exciting young singers led by former Adler Fellow Lucas Meachem, who starred asCount Almavivain last fall’s Le Nozze di Figaro, in the title role. Soprano Ellie Dehn, who made her Company debut last year as Countess Almaviva opposite Meachem, is Donna Anna. The cast also features the Company debuts of soprano Serena Farnocchia (Donna Elvira), mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey (Zerlina), tenor Topi Lehtipuu (Don Ottavio) and bass Marco Vinco (Leporello). Noted Italian film and theater director Gabriele Lavia makes his U.S. debut and set designer Alessandro Camera and costume designer Andrea Viotti make their Company debuts in this new San Francisco Opera production premiere.
 
Xerxes—George Frideric Handel
Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest Handel productions of our time, this visually stunning Olivier Award–winning staging by famed film and theater director Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George) marks the Company premiere of one of the greatest Baroque operas. Clever comedy is intertwined with tender poignancy in a tale of unrequited love and intrigue at a royal court. Patrick Summers leads an outstanding cast featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Xerxes), countertenor David Daniels (Arsamenes), soprano Lisette Oropesa (Romilda), soprano Heidi Stober (Atalanta), contralto Sonia Prina (Amastris) and bass-baritone Wayne Tigges (Ariodates). Michael Walling directs Hytner’s English National Opera production.
 
Carmen—Georges Bizet
Thrilling but dangerous, the captivating, capricious Carmen is one of the most vivid characters in all of opera. Mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich stars in the title role in this classic San Francisco Opera production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Aldrich is “an impressive Carmen…who [brings] alluring physique and rich, healthy voice to this touchstone role” (The New York Times). Tenor Thiago Arancam, fresh from his success in last fall’s Cyrano de Bergerac, is Don José, the man who unwisely falls under Carmen’s spell. Baritone Paulo Szot, a Tony Award-winner for South Pacific and highly regarded for his role in the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production of The Nose, makes his Company debut as Escamillo. Jose Maria Condemi directs, and Assistant Music Director Giuseppe Finzi leads the final two performances. 
 
Nixon in China—John Adams and Alice Goodman
John Adams’ rhythmically rich recreation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera and a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” (The New York Times). A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this seminal work receives its long-awaited Bay Area stage premiere. In a Vancouver Opera production directed by Michael Cavanagh, the cast features Brian Mulligan, whose rich baritone thrilled audiences in San Francisco Opera’s Faust (2010) and Werther (2010), in the title role. The cast also includes Maria Kanyova (Pat Nixon), Simon O’Neill (Mao Tse-tung), Hye Jung Lee (Madame Mao Tse-tung), Chen-Ye Yuan (Chou En-lai) and Patrick Carfizzi (Henry Kissinger). Lawrence Renes, whose conducting of Adams’ Doctor Atomic won praise from London critics, will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
 
Attila—Giuseppe Verdi
In popular imagination, Attila the Hun was a ruthless barbarian, but to Giuseppe Verdi, he was a far more complex and compelling figure: a brave, ambitious warrior tormented by fierce internal doubts. This new San Francisco Opera/Teatro alla Scala co-production, which premieres in Italy in June 2011 led by Nicola Luisotti in his La Scala conducting debut, is staged by Gabriele Lavia with sets by Alessandro Camera and costumes by Andrea Viotti. The distinguished cast features legendary Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role; the Company debut of Ukranian soprano Oksana Dyka (Odabella); tenor Ramón Vargas (Foresto), in a role shared by Diego Torre for two performances; baritone Quinn Kelsey (Ezio) and renowned bass Samuel Ramey (Pope Leo I). Maestro Luisotti will also lead the San Francisco performances.
 
The Magic Flute—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Endlessly inventive, charmingly fantastical and utterly unique, Mozart’s final opera is a profound yet lighthearted tale of romantic love, spiritual transcendence and the beguiling art of birdcatching. The internationally acclaimed ensemble cast is led by dynamic young conductor Rory Macdonald and includes lyric tenor and former Adler Fellow Alek Shrader as Tamino (shared with Nathaniel Peake for two performances), soprano Heidi Stober (Pamina), acclaimed baritone Nathan Gunn (Papageno), bass Kristinn Sigmundsson (Sarastro), and in the opera’s most virtuosic role, Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, who is “in demand everywhere as the Queen of the Night” (The New York Times). Sung in English, this new San Francisco Opera co-production is created by renowned Japanese-American visual artist Jun Kaneko and directed by Harry Silverstein.
 
 
 
SPECIAL EVENTS
Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra October 28 & June 3
Celebrating Frederica von Stade December 3
Carmen for Families November 27 & December 4
 
San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances will present two special concerts showcasing Music Director Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. On October 28, 2011, Maestro Luisotti leads an all-Beethoven program featuring Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7. On June 3, 2012, Israeli cellist Amit Peled joins the Orchestra for Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B-flat Major. Peled has performed as soloist and with orchestras in the world’s major concert halls and gave an acclaimed recital under the auspices of San Francisco Performances in March 2009. The June 3 program also includes Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony and Cherubini’s Symphony in D Major.
 
On December 3, 2011 at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Performances, Cal Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music join forces to pay tribute to the Bay Area’s own Frederica von Stade. A very special one-night only concert featuring von Stade and a dazzling array of artists will celebrate the incredible career and artistry of one of the music world’s most beloved figures. Complete artist, program and ticket information will be announced at a later date.
 
            San Francisco Opera presents Carmen for Families, a two-and-a-half hour version of this season’s exciting production, in two afternoon performances sung in English on November 27 and December 4, 2011. The perfect introduction to opera for children aged 10 and up with character types recognizable to audiences of all ages, opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this ever-popular work featuring the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the brave bullfighter who wins her heart. Conducted by Giuseppe Finzi, the engaging young cast of San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows includes mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani (Carmen) and tenor Brian Jagde (Don José).
 
 
OPENING WEEKEND
Season-Opening Gala September 9
Opera in the Park, commemorating tenth anniversary of 9/11, September 11
 
            San Francisco Opera’s 89th season opens on Friday, September 9, 2011 at the historic War Memorial Opera House with David Hockney’s glorious production of Puccini’s masterpiece, Turandot. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts an illustrious cast that includes Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin in the title role, Adler Fellow Leah Crocetto(Liù) and tenor Marco Berti (Calaf). A highlight of the City’s cultural and philanthropic season, the Opening Night Gala festivities include Opera Ball 2011, presented by San Francisco Opera Guild and benefiting San Francisco Opera and the Opera Guild’s education and community programs, and BRAVO! CLUB’s Opening Night Gala, geared toward young professionals.
 
            On Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., the Company’s annual free San Francisco Opera in the Park concert at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park will be a special musical program commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Program and participating artists will be announced at a later date.
 
 
 
 
WEBCOR BUILDERS PRESENTS OPERA AT THE BALLPARK
Free live simulcast of Turandot at AT&T Park September 25
 
            Continuing what has become a beloved Bay Area tradition, San Francisco Opera partners with Webcor Builders and the San Francisco Giants to present the Company’s sixth free live simulcast at AT&T Park and its first matinee simulcast. Presented at one of the nation’s most beautiful baseball stadiums and home of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., the simulcast will take full advantage of the daytime capability of the Giants’ powerful high-definition video screen. Renowned artist and designer David Hockney’s striking production of Puccini’s masterwork will be conducted by Nicola Luisotti and sung by an acclaimed cast, including soprano Iréne Theorin (Turandot), Adler Fellow Leah Crocetto(Liù), tenor Marco Berti (Calaf) and bass Raymond Aceto (Timur). Simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House to AT&T Park’s high-definition scoreboard, last year’s Opera at the Ballpark simulcast of Aida drew an unprecedented crowd of 32,000 people, many experiencing opera for the first time. Instituted as one of the first innovations of David Gockley’s tenure to bring opera into the community, this event marks the ninth free simulcast presented by San Francisco Opera, which to date have drawn more than 150,000 people of all ages.  
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ON THE AIRWAVES AND IN CINEMAS
 
            San Francisco Opera’s media outreach programs move forward in 2011 with the Company’s local, national and international radio, television and cinema initiatives, all launched under the leadership of General Director David Gockley. The Company proceeds with its popular Grand Opera Cinema Series in the current season with the release of four new titles—La Bohème starring Angela Gheorghiu and Piotr Beczala, Tosca with Adrianne Pieczonka and Carlo Ventre, Lucia di Lammermoor headlined by Natalie Dessay in the title role, and The Elixir of Love featuring Ramón Vargas and Inva Mula—recorded live in high-definition at the War Memorial Opera House. San Francisco Opera launched its digital cinema series in Spring 2008 with its presentation of La Rondine, Samson and Delilah, Don Giovanni and Madama Butterflyto movie theaters across the country. The series has recently expanded with screenings in over 100 cinemas in thirteen European countries, from Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain to Szczecin, Poland and Novosibirsk, Siberia. For more information about San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series, visit sfopera.com/cinemaseries
 
            San Francisco Opera also continues its partnership with KQED Public Television 9, Northern California’s preeminent public broadcast station. In conjunction with the 2011–12 Season, KQED TV will broadcast La Bohème, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love. Complete details will be announced at a later date. 
 
            Radio broadcasts of recent San Francisco Opera productions can be heard in the Bay Area each month on Classical 102.1 KDFC and, each fall, nationally and internationally via the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago. For more information about San Francisco Opera’s radio broadcasts, visit sfopera.com/broadcasts.
 
 
RING FESTIVAL / SUMMER 2011
 
            San Francisco Opera’s current season culminates with the May–July 2011 presentation of Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The four operas in this new production by director Francesca Zambello—Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung—will be presented for the first time as a complete cycle. Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, and Siegfried are co-productions with Washington National Opera and Götterdämmerung is a new San Francisco Opera production premiere. San Francisco Opera has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading companies to present the entire Ring cycle, with past acclaimed presentations at the War Memorial Opera House in 1935, 1936 (omitting Siegfried), 1972, 1985, 1990 and 1999. Ticket sales for this highly anticipated presentation have already reached 75% of capacity.
 
Former Music Director Donald Runnicles will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and an internationally renowned cast. Following her triumphant appearances in last summer’s Die Walküre, Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sings Brünnhilde in her complete Ring cycle role debut. Baritone Mark Delavan returns to sing his complete Ring cycle debut as Wotan. Acclaimed British tenor Ian Storey makes his Company debut and his role debut as Siegfried, and Gordon Hawkins also makes his Company debut as Alberich. Tenor Stefan Margita returns as Loge following his critically acclaimed performances in 2008’s Das Rheingold. Mezzo-soprano Larissa Diadkova appears as Fricka and David Cangelosi returns as Mime. Soprano Anja Kampe sings Sieglinde in her Company debut, and tenor Brandon Jovanovich makes his role debut as Siegmund.
 
The four operas will be presented in three complete cycles, each over the course of one week: June 1419, June 21–26 and June 28–July 3, 2011. The Company will also present one stand-alone performance each of Siegfried (May 29, 2011) and one performance of Götterdämmerung (June 5, 2011). In conjunction with other Bay Area cultural institutions, San Francisco Opera will also present a series of ancillary activities throughout 2011. Tickets for Der Ring des Nibelungen, currently offered in complete four-opera cycles only, and the May 29 Siegfried and June 5 Götterdämmerung are available through sfopera.com and the San Francisco Opera Box Office. For more information, visit sfopera.com/ring.
 
 
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
 
            San Francisco Opera, one of the world’s leading producers of opera since its inception in 1923, has long been a pioneer in introducing world and North American premieres, as well as presenting major artists in celebrated role debuts. David Gockley, widely considered one of the major innovators in American opera, became the Company’s sixth general director in January 2006. Under Gockley’s direction, San Francisco Opera has already presented two world premieres: Appomattox(2007), from composer Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton, and The Bonesetter’s Daughter (2008), by composer Stewart Wallace and Bay Area novelist Amy Tan. Heart of a Soldier is part of David Gockley’s mission to develop a vital American operatic repertoire. His commitment to presenting new works continues in future seasons with composer Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, scheduled to premiere in June 2013, as well as the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick in Fall 2012, a San Francisco Opera co-commission that received widespread critical and audience acclaim at its Dallas Opera premiere last season.  
 
 
Please see the accompanying Season Summary for 2011–12 Season summary information and additional biographies. High resolution downloadable photographs of 2011–12 Season productions and artists are available at sfopera.com/press.
 
 
 
 
 
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
 
            Subscriptions for San Francisco Opera’s 2011–12 Season are priced from $160 to $2,882 for Full Series (9 operas) and $68 to $1,626 for Half Series (4 or 5 operas); these prices reflect discounts of up to 30% over single ticket prices. Thematically designed Mini Series (3 or 4 operas) are priced from $108 to $1,256. For travelers, Out of Town Series offer three operas in three days and are priced from $81 to $998. Subscriptions are on sale to renewing subscribers beginning January 18, 2011 at the San Francisco Opera Box Office, online at sfopera.com or by calling (415) 864-3330.
 
            New subscriptions are available beginning January 18, 2011 at the San Francisco Opera Box Office or by calling (415) 864-3330; online sales at sfopera.com will begin February 16, 2011. Single tickets for San Francisco Opera’s 2011–12 Season are priced from $21 to $330 for all operas except Lucrezia Borgia andwill go on sale in July 2011. Only subscribers are guaranteed the opportunity to see Lucrezia Borgia; single ticket availability for individual performances of Lucrezia Borgia will be announced in the fall, if available.
 
            Tickets for the Nicola Luisotti/San Francisco Opera Orchestra concerts on October 28, 2011 and June 3, 2012 are priced from $30 to $80 and may be purchased with subscription orders; single tickets will be available in July 2011.
 
            Tickets for the November 27 and December 4, 2011 Carmen for Families presentations may be purchased with subscription orders; single tickets will be available in July 2011.
 
Ticket information for the Celebrating Frederica von Stade tribute concert on December 3, 2011 will be announced at a later date.
 
The September 25 Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark simulcast at AT&T Park is free and open to the public; advance online registration assures early entrance into the ballpark for preferred seating and entry into a special prize drawing. Visit sfopera.com/simulcast to register.
 
            Please visit sfopera.com for further details, or call the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330. San Francisco Opera Box Office winter hours: Monday 10am–5pm; Tuesday through Friday 10am–6pm. All casting, repertoire, dates, and ticket prices are subject to change.
 
            All War Memorial Opera House performances (except the September 9 season opening) feature an informative Pre-Opera Talk 55 minutes prior to curtain. Pre-Opera Talks are presented free of charge to patrons with tickets for the corresponding performance. Visit sfopera.com/operatalks for more information.
 
            Opera Guild Preview Lectures are scheduled in communities throughout the greater Bay Area by local Guild chapters. Renowned musicologists lead presentations to familiarize the audience with repertoire from the current season. Admission prices vary. Visit sfopera.com/previews for more information.
 
            Opera Guild Insight Panel Discussions feature renowned artists and personalities from the world of opera, who share their insights and experiences during informal panel discussions. Free to Opera Guild members, $5 for non-members. Visit sfopera.com/insights for more information.
 
San Francisco Opera introduced OperaVision in Summer 2007 as an innovative way to give balcony audiences a better view of the stage. OperaVision screens, hung from the ceiling of the balcony section at selected performances, provide close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video. English subtitles appear at the bottom of each screen. See calendar listing for OperaVision dates.
 
The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera performances. The War Memorial Opera House is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street. For further public transportation information, visit
bart.gov and sfmuni.com.