It was cold in New York in February, 2008 when I flew into LaGuardia airport, but not too cold. After years of living in Lexington, KY, where I raised a son and worked on a Master’s in Vocal performance at the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, I always flew into the busiest airport of my hometown for opera auditions with the romantic head of a twenty-something professional virgin from the midwest—this, when I was anything but.
Posted: 06/17/2014 by
by Earl Hazell, (Extra Chorus, Show Boat)
Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu knows a thing or two about Alfredo Germont—the dashing young man who falls in love with, is heart-broken by, reconnects with, and ultimately loses the love of his life. He has performed La Traviata
around the world at many of the most important opera houses and opposite some of opera's most saught-after leading ladies as the fickle, beautiful and terminally ill courtesan Violetta. He returns to San Francisco Opera to perform the role with Nicole Cabell as Violetta and Vladamir Stoyanov as Giorgio Germont. What has Saimir learned from his many portrayals of Alfredo? We asked him 5 questions to find out.
Posted: 06/10/2014 by
Saimir Pirgu (Alfredo, La Traviata)
On Saturday, November 9, we hosted our 2nd free Community Open House, featuring fun events and activities for all ages. It's such a joy to open the doors of the beautiful War Memorial Opera House to droves of people who may have never even been inside before. The 2013 Open House included many diverse presentations and opportunities to connect with opera in new ways, including onstage musical demonstrations; sing-alongs with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows; stage combat workshops; costume, wig and makeup demonstrations; a costume photo booth; an opportunity to meet San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley; and family activities throughout the opera house lobbies including a scavenger hunt, prop-making, costume crafts, and more, with workshops designed for both adults and families.
Posted: 11/18/2013 by
San Francisco Opera
If you were to browse through a high school student's iTunes playlist, you'd be more likely to find pop hits by artists such as One Direction or Rihanna than you would arias from classic operas. But what happens when you tear students away from YouTube and Snapchat for a day to see Puccini's
Tosca at the War Memorial Opera House? Find out from high school student, Kelsey Page as she describes her experience attending the Madeline H. Russell High School Day at the Opera last November. Then, check out which San Francisco Opera final dress rehearsals are open to students during this upcoming fall season!
Posted: 08/26/2013 by
Kelsey Page (Atherton's Sacred Heart Prep student)
Over the next few months, we'll be profiling each of our current Adler Fellows
here at "Backstage at San Francisco Opera." If you have some questions you'd like to ask them, send us a message via email at email@example.com
or via Facebook or Twitter. Our first Adler Profile is mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm
who you can catch this month starring in the world-premiere of Nolan Gasser's The Secret Garden
as Martha Sowerby.
Posted: 02/27/2013 by
San Francisco Opera