Release date: 6/24/2019 (updated 9/3/2019)
Acclaimed Stagings of Gounod's Romeo and Juliet, Britten's Billy Budd and Puccini's Manon Lescaut, New Productions of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel
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Single (non-subscription) tickets for San Francisco Opera's 2019 Fall Season at the War Memorial Opera House are now available for purchase online at sfopera.com, in-person at the San Francisco Opera Box Office and by phone at (415) 864-3330. Tickets are also available for Full, Half and Design Your Own Flexible Series subscription packages, special events such as Opera Ball 2019, the San Francisco Opera Chorus in concert at the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater and The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert at Herbst Theatre.
The 2019 Fall Season opens with Charles Gounod’s romantic Romeo and Juliet (Roméo et Juliette; September 6–October 1) starring tenor Pene Pati and soprano Nadine Sierra as the title roles in a new-to-San Francisco Opera production by Opéra de Monte-Carlo Director Jean-Louis Grinda and conducted by Yves Abel. Tickets for the September 6 opening night gala, Opera Ball 2019: The Capulets’ Masked Ball, are available at the Box Office and online at sfopera.com/operaball2019.
The season continues with the West Coast premiere of Michael Grandage’s “powerful” (New York Times) production of Billy Budd(September 7–22) by English composer Benjamin Britten. Featuring an all-male cast headed by William Burden as Captain Vere, John Chest in his Company debut as the title role and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as Claggart and conducted by Lawrence Renes, the performances of this 20th-century masterpiece coincide with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the manuscript of Herman Melville’s posthumous seafaring novella.
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro; October 11–November 1) takes to the stage in a new production by Michael Cavanagh with sets designed by Erhard Rom, costumes designed by Constance Hoffman and lighting designed by Jane Cox. Cavanagh’s staging is the first installment of a multi-season project by this creative team to unveil Mozart’s three operatic collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte as a trilogy of productions set in an American house over three time periods. The Marriage of Figaro, set during the post-Revolutionary War period, features an ensemble cast of bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as Figaro with four artists making Company debuts: soprano Jeanine De Bique as Susanna, baritone Levente Molnár as the Count, soprano Jennifer Davis as Countess Almaviva and mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi as Cherubino, with Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási, who made his acclaimed Company debut in 2017 leading Richard Strauss’ Elektra, on the podium.
San Francisco Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s first triumph as an opera composer, Manon Lescaut (November 8–26), for the first time in 13 years in Olivier Tambosi’s “stunning” (Musical World) production. Soprano Lianna Haroutounian and tenor Brian Jagde make role debuts as Manon Lescaut and Chevalier des Grieux, respectively, and former Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti returns to the podium in this powerful work of Italian verismo.
A new San Francisco Opera co-production with London’s Royal Opera of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (November 15–December 7) closes the fall season presentations. Conducted by Christopher Franklin, the cast features mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (Hansel) and soprano Heidi Stober (Gretel) as the impoverished siblings who, alone in the woods, must face a witch, portrayed by tenor Robert Brubaker, who has sinister plans for them. Featuring storybook sets by Antony McDonald which The Times (UK) called “enchanting,” cameos by familiar fairy tale figures and Humperdinck’s romantic, sweeping score, this family-friendly production offers a rich musical and theatrical experience where children are the heroes.
The 2019 Fall Season will feature several special events along with the mainstage opera presentations. Legendary performer Plácido Domingo returns to the War Memorial Opera House stage on October 6 for a sold-out concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of his Company debut. The San Francisco Opera Chorus, under the direction of Chorus Director Ian Robertson, will present an all-choral program on November 22 in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater. The 2019 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows take center stage on December 6 for The Future Is Now concert accompanied by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Eun Sun Kim, who made a “company debut of astonishing vibrancy and assurance” (San Francisco Chronicle) this month leading Dvořák’s Rusalka. San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park, an opening weekend tradition,returns Sunday, September 8. This free, al fresco event features vocal soloists and conductors from the fall season in concert with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra at Robin Williams Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Please note: single tickets for 2020 Summer performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s Ernani, George Frideric Handel’s Partenope and Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs go on sale in October.
*For the complete press release, including full casting and calendar, please view the attached PDF.