If I Were You


An opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer

Loosely based on the novel Si j’étais vous by the French-American writer Julien Green, If I Were You is a contemporary story of identity with echoes of classical literature, from Faust to Jekyll and Hyde. The lead character is Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer who yearns for adventure and a way out of his stifling existence. Brittomara, a shape-shifting devil, appears to him in many guises, finally offering Fabian a supernatural power that will allow the writer to transfer his soul into other people’s bodies, living their lives as their own souls languish in a shadowy netherworld. Thus begins the journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his increasingly lost soul from person to person in search of a better identity, leaving a trail of human wreckage and hollow shells. Performances in English (with supertitles).

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Keturah Stickann, Director



Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco


2 hours, 15 minutes including one intermission.

Thursday 08/01/19 7:30PM
Saturday 08/03/19 2:00PM
Sunday 08/04/19 2:00PM
Tuesday 08/06/19 7:30PM