This evening of one-acts is like a lavish three-course dinner, prepared by a master and promising something for everyone's taste. Not since 1952 had San Francisco audiences had the rare opportunity to enjoy this unique work the way its creator intended—in its entirety and with an ideal cast. “Smartly directed by James Robinson and conducted with sweeping lyricism by Patrick Summers” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Soprano Patricia Racette, whose many San Francisco Opera triumphs include her incisive portrait of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly,“tackled all three soprano roles…and emerged triumphant” (San Francisco Chronicle). In the three diverse soprano roles, “Racette modulated the quality and tone of her radiant, muscular sound accordingly. The title role in Suor Angelica is the real soprano showcase, a virtuoso exercise in both soaring vocalism and emotional specificity, and Racette rose superbly to the challenge.”
“The great baritone Paolo Gavanelli returned in two key roles, as the cuckolded bargeman in ‘Tabarro’ and as Gianni Schicchi, and both times he commanded the stage. Brandon Jovanovich brought his bright, lustrous tenor and enormous sex appeal to Luigi, the lover in ‘Tabarro,’ and contralto Ewa Podleś made a magisterial Company debut as the stony-hearted Princess in Suor Angelica” (San Francisco Chronicle).
“Triumphant and Thrilling!” –San Francisco Chronicle
“The all-star singing and acting begin with the opening Il Tabarro and never let up…. First-rate music-making throughout!” –San Francisco Classical Voice