Orlando

Music by George Frideric Handel

 

Trapped inside his war-torn mind in a military hospital during WWII, the pilot Orlando can’t tell reality from delusion. The trauma of war has turned his love into madness, and only through the help of his friends can he overcome the lasting effects of war. Experience this powerful and gripping story through Handel’s colorful music.

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.

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

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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

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 Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen *
Zoroastro Christian Van Horn

PERFORMANCES

June 9, 15, 18, 21, 27, 2019

CREATIVE
Conductor Christopher Moulds *
Director Harry Fehr *
Production Designer Yannis Thavoris *
Original Lighting Designer Anna Watson *
Revival Lighting Designer Tim van ‘t Hof *
Projection Designer Andrzej Goulding *
Fight Director Dave Maier

*  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.