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This is a full-scale production coming to life just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

This is the return of live opera.

Director's Notes

Storytelling comes in many guises, and the story of how tonight’s production came to be is a testament to artistic resourcefulness and resiliency. Created in a matter of months (when a normal concept process spans years), the design team and I were tasked with completely transforming the set of our new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio (slated to premiere at the War Memorial Opera House in Fall 2020) into an outdoor 90-minute retelling of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

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Adapting an Opera: The Barber of Marin

San Francisco Opera’s home at the War Memorial Opera House has been closed to the public since March 2020. For the first time in a nearly 100-year history performances ceased. Now the Company is working toward presenting large-scale grand opera again.

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Backstage with Matthew: The Return of Live Opera: Part 3
April 18th, 2021

It has been quite the task to slim down the hundreds of photos I’ve taken over the course of the last week to share with you today! Since my last Backstage with Matthew, so much has been happening as we prepare to open our Barber of Seville on April 23.

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Backstage with Matthew: The Return of Live Opera: Part 2
April 11th, 2021

Rehearsal weeks are always packed with activity as the elements of opera all come together in beautiful harmony. But as we prepare our new Barber of Seville production—the return of live opera to the Bay Area — I find myself pausing amidst the swirl of activity to reflect on "first times back."

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Backstage with Matthew: The Return of Live Opera
April 4th, 2021

Extraordinary things are happing at the Marin Center as we prepare to bring to life our LIVE production of The Barber of Seville! Every day propels us forward in major ways, and the whole production is taking shape at a breathtaking pace in advance of our opening on April 23.

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