Release date: 6/22/2012

Single Tickets for San Francisco Opera's 90th Season Go On Sale Monday July 2 at 10 A.M.

 2012-13 Season Opens September 7 with Verdi’s Rigoletto Conducted by Nicola Luisotti
 
Season Highlights Include:
World Premieres of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and
Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison’s The Secret Garden
 
Bay Area Premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick
 
New-to-San Francisco Productions of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi,
Wagner’s Lohengrin and Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
 
Revivals of San Francisco Opera Productions of
Verdi’s Rigoletto and Puccini’s Tosca, Each Featuring Two Renowned Casts,
and Mozart’s Così fan tutte
 
The San Francisco Opera Orchestra in Concert with Nicola Luisotti

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Single (non-subscription) tickets for San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 Season, running from September 7 through December 2, 2012 and June 5 through July 7, 2013 at the historic War Memorial Opera House, will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. Single tickets will be available for Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, which features two international casts of singers; Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto gem I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues); the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick; Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin; Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, interpreted by two casts of widely acclaimed singers; Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte; the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene; and the world premiere of Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison’s The Secret Garden, a co-production with Cal Performances, presented March 1–10 at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley; and a special concert of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Nicola Luisotti at Zellerbach Hall. The San Francisco Opera Box Office, located at 301 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 2 for in-person sales or by phone at (415) 864-3330; tickets will also be available for online purchase at sfopera.com

San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 Season opens with Verdi’s Rigoletto. The first of two world-class casts, both led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti, features Serbian baritone Željko Lučić in the title role and Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda. Sardinian tenor Francesco Demuro is the Duke of Mantua. The equally impressive alternate cast stars Marco Vratogna as Rigoletto; soprano Albina Shagimuratova, who made her debut with the Company as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute this summer, as Gilda; and tenor David Lomelí as the Duke. Harry Silverstein returns to direct this San Francisco Opera production with sets designed by Michael Yeargan. The final two performances will be conducted by Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi.
 
The September 7 opening night festivities include Opera Ball 2012, Notte di Splendore: A 90th Anniversary Celebration, presented in collaboration with the 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. The season-opening weekend concludes with San Francisco Opera in the Park on Sunday, September 9 in Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow. This free annual concert features artists from the Company’s Fall 2012 season and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Maestro Luisotti. Also in celebration of the new season, San Francisco Opera presents a free live simulcast of Rigoletto to AT&T Park at Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark on Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m.

Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece I Capuleti e i Montecchi, features Joyce DiDonato and Nicole Cabell as the helpless lovers Romeo and Giulietta. Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu makes his Company and role debut as Tebaldo. Directed by Vincent Boussard in and led by returning conductor Riccardo Frizza, this new co-production features costumes by renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix and sets by Vincent Lemaire.
 
Moby-Dick is composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s new adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic meditation on man and the sea. Now making its first appearance in the Bay Area, this San Francisco Opera co-commission stars many of the original cast members, including Canadian tenor Ben Heppner as Captain Ahab, American baritone Morgan Smith as Starbuck, American tenor Stephen Costello as Greenhorn (Ishmael) and Samoan bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu as Queequeg. Jay Hunter Morris appears as Captain Ahab in the final two performances. Conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers, this co-production with sets by Robert Brill is directed by Leonard Foglia.
 
Following his great success as Siegmund in 2011’s Die Walküre, American tenor Brandon Jovanovich returns to San Francisco Opera to make his title role debut in Wagner’s Lohengrin. Appearing as Elsa von Brabant, is Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund. Also appearing in this new-to-San Francisco Opera production, which was designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, are  Kristinn Sigmundsson as Heinrich der Vogler, Gerd Grochowski as Friedrich von Telramund and Petra Lang as Ortrud. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts his first Wagner opera with the Company, and British stage director Daniel Slater directs.
 
Italian maestro Nicola Luisotti conducts Puccini’s  Tosca, presented with two renowned casts headlined by Angela Gheorghiu and Patricia Racette, bring to life San Francisco Opera’s elegant production designed by Thierry Bosquet and directed by Jose Maria Condemi. Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu returns to San Francisco Opera in the title role alongside Italian tenor Massimo Giordano as Mario Cavaradossi and Italian baritone Roberto Frontali as Baron Scarpia. American soprano Patricia Racette, who sang the title role of Tosca in January 2012 at the Metropolitan Opera, returns to San Francisco Opera to star alongside Brian Jagde as Mario Cavaradossi and baritone Mark Delavan as Baron Scarpia. The final two performances will be conducted by Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi.  
 
Based on the beloved classic of children’s literature by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden by Bay Area composer Nolan Gasser and librettist Carey Harrison receives its world premiere in March 2013. A unique opportunity for young people to see this familiar story come to life as a fully staged opera, this work is intended for children and families of all ages and will feature discounted ticket prices for children under age 18. Presented in partnership with Cal Performances, The Secret Garden will be performed at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. This production will be directed by Jose Maria Condemi with projections designed by painter and visual artist Naomie Kremer; full cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.
 
Jaques Offenbach’s melodic masterpiece Les Contes d'Hoffmann features lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role opposite soprano Natalie Dessay as Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta and Stella. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, who recently appeared with the Company as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, makes her role debut as Nicklausse/the Muse and Christian Van Horn portrays the four villains who thwart Hoffmann’s desires. Conductor Patrick Fournillier and director Laurent Pelly return for this new co-production with Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu designed by Chantal Thomas.
 
Mozart’s Così fan tutte features a strong ensemble cast entirely composed of artists making stage role debuts. The cast  led by sopranos Ellie Dehn as Fiordiligi and Heidi Stober as Despina. Appearing alongside them are Sardinian tenor Francesco Demuro as Ferrando, Christel Lötzsch as Dorabella and Philippe Sly as Guglielmo. Italian bass Marco Vinco returns as Don Alfonso and former Adler Fellow Susannah Biller is Despina in the final two performances. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts and Jose Maria Condemi directs this whimsical San Francisco Opera/Opera Monte Carlo co-production by John Cox and designed by Robert Perdziola.
 
New San Francisco Opera commission The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is composer Mark Adamo’s exploration of the narrative of Jesus and the complicated woman he loved. With a libretto by the composer drawn from the Gnostic Gospels, the Canonical Gospels and decades of biblical scholarship, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reimagines the story of the New Testament through the eyes of this fascinating female character. The resplendent cast includes the Company debut of American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as Mary Magdalene, soprano Maria Kanyova as Miriam (the mother of Yeshua), William Burden as the apostle Peter, and Nathan Gunn as Yeshua (Jesus). Director Kevin Newbury, lauded for his “imagination and emotional nuance” (The New York Times), and conductor Michael Christie both make their San Francisco Opera debuts with this production, premiering in June 2013.
                                                                                                                         
San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances will present a special concert showcasing the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Music Director Nicola Luisotti at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall.  The concert, on May 17, 2013, will feature Nino Rota’s Piano Concerto, Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 and Puccini’s Capriccio Sinfonico.
                                                                                                                                                    
 
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
 
Single tickets for San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 Season go on sale Monday, July 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. and will be available for online purchase at sfopera.com, through the San Francisco Opera Box Office located at 301 Van Ness Avenue, or by phone at (415) 864-3330. Patrons ordering online seating through the San Francisco Opera website will be able to choose exact Opera House seat locations before completing each online purchase. Casting, programs, schedules and ticket prices are subject to change. On Monday, July 2, the San Francisco Opera Box Office will be open from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Regular Box Office hours are Monday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. During the performance season, the Box Office is also open on Saturdays 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 
 
Single tickets for San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 Season operas are priced from $22 to $385.
 
Single tickets for The Secret Garden at Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley are priced from $15 to $40 for children and $30 to $80 for adults.
 
Single tickets for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra concert on May 17, 2013 at Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley are priced from $20 to $80.
 
Single tickets for The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert on November 30, 2012 are priced from $25 to $60.
 
For tickets and information about Opera Ball 2012, Notte di Splendore: A 90th Anniversary Celebration, visit sfopera.com/OperaBall2012 or call (415) 565-3204. For tickets and information about BRAVO! CLUB’S Opening Night Gala, visit www.sfopera.com/bravo.
 
The September 15 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.
 
The September 9 Opera in the Park concert is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Visit sfopera.com/park for more information.
 
All War Memorial Opera House performances (except the September 7 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.                                 
 
All casting, repertoire, dates, and ticket prices are subject to change.