War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue
Approximate running time: 170 minutes.
This is the Final Dress Rehearsal for Norma with singers, orchesta and chorus.
One of the largest, most magnificent pieces in the entire repertory, this rarely staged epic is presented here for the first time in 47 years, the way it was originally meant to be seen: two operas—The Fall of Troy and The Trojans at Carthage—in one spectacular evening! The tragic fall of Troy, the passionate love of two great leaders, the urgent pull of destiny: all unfold as part of Berlioz’s visionary masterpiece—French grand opera's answer to Wagner's Ring. Former Music Director Donald Runnicles, who masterfully conducted the Ring cycle in 2011, returns to lead this intensely lyrical, colorfully orchestrated, viscerally exciting score. David McVicar’s visually striking new production, “a major event” (The Guardian, London), moves the action to the mid-19th century. The world-class cast stars, as the ill-fated lovers Dido and Aeneas, the “vocally sumptuous and alluring” Susan Graham and Bryan Hymel, who gives “an impassioned and confident performance of a heroic role” (The New York Times). The “musically intelligent and vocally splendid” Anna Caterina Antonacci (The New York Times) and Daveda Karanas with her “large, golden voice” (San Francisco Classical Voice) share the dramatic role of the prophetess Cassandra.
Doors open at 5:30pm; you may enter through any public door.
This event is a benefit for Trojans Circle donors. A membership card or invitation is required for admission. To check your membership status, please call (415) 565-6401.