Release date: 11/1/2013
San Francisco Opera November 2013 Events
Free Community Open House, November 9
New Production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia Performed by Two
International Casts of Singers, November 13-December 1
Two Special Presentations of The Barber of Seville for Families, November 24&30
The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, November 27
This month San Francisco Opera presents a new production of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, performed by two distinct international casts and conducted by Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi (November 13–December 1), as well as two special presentations of that opera in a condensed English language version—The Barber of Seville for Families (November 24 & 30). All performances feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus (Ian Robertson, director) and take place in the historic War Memorial Opera House.
On November 27, San Francisco Opera Center presents the much-anticipated culmination for this year’s class of Adler Fellows—The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco and also featuring the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Lord.
On Saturday, November 9, San Francisco Opera hosts its second free Community Open House at the War Memorial Opera House, featuring events and activities for all ages. Tickets for all November events are on sale at sfopera.com, by calling (415) 864-3330 or, visiting the San Francisco Opera Box Office.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Gioachino Rossini [November 13–December 1]
Rossini’s witty and charming tale of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman and a lecherous old man, Il Barbiere di Siviglia features two charismatic casts in a fresh new San Francisco Opera co-production with Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. One cast is led by baritone Lucas Meachem as Figaro as well as American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Rosina and Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva, both in their Company debuts. Italian baritone Alessandro Corbelli returns as the elderly Doctor Bartolo. The next cast features Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen in his United States debut as Figaro and the return of two former Adler fellows: mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack as Rosina and tenor Alek Shrader as Count Almaviva. Bass-baritone Maurizio Muraro appears with the Company for the first time as Doctor Bartolo. Both casts are rounded out by bass Andrea Silvestrelli as Don Basilio and mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook as Berta. San Francisco Opera Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this new production directed by Emilio Sagi with sets designed by Lorenç Corbella and costumes by Pepa Ojanguren.
The Barber of Seville for Families [November 24 & 30]
San Francisco Opera will present The Barber of Seville for Families, a two-hour and fifteen minute version of this season’s exciting production, in two afternoon performances sung in English with English supertitles on November 24 and 30, 2013. A perfect introduction to opera for children and audiences of all ages, the captivating music of this ever-popular work will thrill opera newcomers. This production features an engaging young cast of San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows, including Laura Krumm, Philippe Sly, Joo Won Kang, Ao Li and Marina Harris as well as tenor Matthew Grills, a 2012 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. These performances mark the premiere of a new English translation by Marcie Stapp, commissioned by San Francisco Opera.
Presented by San Francisco Opera Education Department, Exploration Workshop: All About The Barber of Seville! is an interactive, multi-generational workshop based on the themes, story, characters and music of The Barber of Seville. The workshops on Sunday, November 24 will take place at 11 a.m.–12 p.m. and 12:30–1:30 p.m. at Chorissima Hall in the San Francisco Girls Chorus Building, 44 Page Street. The workshops on Saturday November 30 will take place at 11 a.m.–12 p.m. and 12:30–1:30 p.m. at the Chorus Room of War Memorial Opera House. At this time all workshops are sold out.
The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert [November 27]
San Francisco Opera Center presents the culminating concert of the 2013 Adler Fellowship season, The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert on Wednesday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2850 19th Avenue in San Francisco. The concert showcases the acclaimed Adler Fellows from San Francisco Opera Center’s prestigious young artist training program in a gala concert of opera scenes and arias—including selections from Iphigénie en Tauride, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Le Comte Ory, Le Nozze di Figaro, Les Troyens, La Cenerentola, Don Pasquale, Simon Boccanegra, Der Freischütz and Il Viaggio a Reims, among others—with conductor Stephen Lord leading the Opera Orchestra.
The Future is Now features sopranos Marina Harris (Los Angeles, CA), Erin Johnson (Washington, New Jersey) and Jacqueline Piccolino (Chicago, Illinois); mezzo-sopranos Laura Krumm (Iowa City, Iowa) and Renée Rapier (Marion, Iowa); tenors A.J. Glueckert (Portland, Oregon) and Chuanyue Wang (Hei Long Jiang, China); baritones Hadleigh Adams (Palmerston, New Zealand) and Ao Li (Dezhou, China); bass-baritones Joo Won Kang (Seoul, South Korea) and Philippe Sly (Ottawa, Ontario); and apprentice coaches Robert Mollicone (East Greenwich, Rhode Island) and Sun Ha Yoon (Seoul, South Korea).
Named for former San Francisco Opera General Director Kurt Herbert Adler, the Adler Fellowship Program is a performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. Adler Fellows also gain valuable professional experience by performing supporting roles in San Francisco Opera’s mainstage productions. The Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. The prestigious resident artist training program has nurtured the development of more than 150 young artists since its inception.
Free Community Open House [November 9]
San Francisco Opera hosts its second Community Open House at the War Memorial Opera House on Saturday, November 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Open House is free to the public and will feature events and activities for all ages. This special community event is structured for individuals and families who have a curiosity about opera and are interested in learning more about the world of opera, including production and artistic elements, for anyone who wants to have an up-close opportunity to experience this grand art form deconstructed. For more information visit sfopera.com/openhouse.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Single tickets for San Francisco Opera’s 2013–14 Season are priced from $23 to $385. Tickets for The Barber of Seville for Families are priced from $25 to $90 for adults and $10 to $45 for children and students age 18 and under. Tickets for the Adler Fellow Gala concert on November 27, 2013 are priced from $30 to $65. Tickets may be purchased at sfopera.com or through the San Francisco Opera Box Office [301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove Street), or by phone at (415) 864-3330]. Standing Room tickets for Il Barbiere di Siviglia go on sale at 10 a.m. on the day of each performance; tickets are $10 each, cash only.
The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street. 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 more public transportation information, visit bart.gov and sfmuni.com.
Casting, programs, schedules and ticket prices are subject to change. For further information, please visit sfopera.com.