2018–19 Season: Production of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci
Internationally acclaimed tenor José Cura made his San Francisco Opera debut as Don José in Carmen in 1996. In addition to singing, he is a composer, conductor, opera director, and stage designer. After studying composition and orchestral conducting in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina, Cura moved to Buenos Aires in 1984 and worked for four years in one of the professional choirs at the Teatro Colón, where his voice developed as one of the great tenors of the Italian and French repertoires. In 1999, José Cura resumed his conducting career, working with top orchestras such as the London Philharmonia, London Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, and Hungarian Philharmonic, among others. 2007 saw the world premiere of La Commedia è finita, a creative re-imagining of Pagliacci, which marked the beginning of his career as a stage director and designer. Praise by audiences and critics for his productions of Samson et Dalila, La Rondine, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci sealed his stature as a director of distinction. His productions of Turandot at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in 2016 and Peter Grimes in Bonn in 2017 also received acclaim. Upcoming directorial productions include Nabucco at Prague’s National Theatre and La Fanciulla del West at Estonian National Opera. Next summer, he sings Cavaradossi in Tosca at Oper Köln.