Orlando

Music by George Frideric Handel

 

After the war ends, his battle begins.

Trapped inside his war-torn mind in a military hospital during WWII, the pilot Orlando can't tell reality from delusion. As he struggles to trust his own perceptions and journey to a clearer world, his trauma ricochets on the people around him—putting love and honor to the test.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

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Libretto by Carlo Sigismondo Capece

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours including two intermissions

Who Should See It

Fans of Dunkirk, Saving Private Ryan, Through the Looking Glass, 1940s fashion, The Source and Handel's Julius Caesar.

Found in series

Full Series: A, D*, G, J, M
Half Series: C, E, I, K, O
Out of Town Series: OT6, OT7, OT8
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The Buzz

THE BUZZ

 “In this intelligent second-world-war take on Orlando for Scottish Opera, Harry Fehr has created a moving and provocative human drama.”
The Guardian

Cooke "brings an extraordinary wealth of tonal color to a performance, as well as a degree of emotional intensity.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“[Van Horn] is one of those treasurable singers in whose presence one can entirely relax, assured that everything he does will be delivered with solid interpretive insight and unfailingly attractive tone”
Opera News

Synopsis

A mentally tormented warrior becomes entangled in a love triangle set by an ambiguous agent.

 

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Cast and Creative

CAST
Orlando Sasha Cooke
Angelica Heidi Stober
Dorinda Christina Gansch *
Medoro TBA
Zoroastro Christian Van Horn

PERFORMANCES

June 9, 15, 18, 21, 27, 2019

CREATIVE
Conductor Christopher Moulds *
Director Harry Fehr *
Production Designer Yannis Thavoris
Lighting Designer Anna Watson
Projection Designer Andrzej Goulding
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

A production of Scottish Opera.

 

Previous performance of Orlando can be found in our Archive.

MADE POSSIBLE BY

Bernard and Barbro Osher; and Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Emerging Stars Fund; and Joan & David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund.

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Photo (top): Scottish Opera production of Orlando/Richard Campbell.