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
*Best Value Series

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Sunday 06/09/19 2:00PM *
Saturday 06/15/19 7:30PM *
Tuesday 06/18/19 7:30PM
Friday 06/21/19 7:30PM
Thursday 06/27/19 7:30PM *


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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

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

“To say that David Daniels is the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever, is to understate his achievement. He is simply a great singer.”
The New York Times


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


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Cast and Creative

Orlando Sasha Cooke
Angelica Heidi Stober
Dorinda Christina Gansch *
Medoro David Daniels
Zoroastro Christian Van Horn


June 9, 15, 18, 21, 27, 2019

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.


Bernard and Barbro Osher; and Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Emerging Stars Fund.

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