This month San Francisco Opera (SFO) concludes its Fall 2013 season with a new production of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville shared with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Staging will be by Emilio Sagi, and Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi will take the podium in the orchestra pit. This will be another SFO presentation that will feature two casts. Over the course of eleven performances, the first cast will give six performances, while the second cast will give the other five. These performances will alternate.
The first cast will be led by baritone Lucas Meachem as Figaro. There will also be SFO debuts by mezzo Isabel Leonard as Rosina (recently heard singing the role of Miranda in concert performances of scenes from Thomas Adès The Tempest in Davies Symphony Hall) and Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva. In addition Italian baritone Alessandro Corbelli will return to sing the role of Doctor Bartolo. The second cast will feature the United States debut of Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen as Figaro, performing along with two former Adler Fellows, mezzo Daniela Mack as Rosina and tenor Alek Shrader (who sang Ferdinand to Leonard’s Miranda in Davies) as Count Almaviva. Bass-baritone Maurizio Muraro will make his SFO debut in the role of Bartolo. In all performances bass Andrea Silvestrelli will sing the role of Don Basilio, and mezzo Catherine Cook will take the part of Berta (sneezes and all).
The first cast performances will take place on November 13 at 7:30 p.m., November 16 at 8 p.m., November 19 at 8 p.m., November 22 at 8 p.m., November 26 at 8 p.m., and December 1 at 2 p.m. The second cast performances will be on November 14 at 7:30 p.m., November 17 at 2 p.m., November 20 at 7:30 p.m., November 23 at 8 p.m., and November 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from $23 to $385 and may be purchased through the event page for this production. They may also be purchased at the SFO Box Office (in the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House) or by calling 415-864-3330. The Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It is open for telephone orders only on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition Standing Room tickets are available at the Box Office for $10, cash only, going on sale at 10 a.m. on the day of each performance.
There will also be two performances of The Barber of Seville for Families. This will be an abridged version, running two hours rather than the usual three, using the same sets and costumes as the full production. The abridgement is by Kip Cranna, who has also provided a narration script for the elided material. The opera will be sung in a new English translation by Marcie Stapp, and English supertitles will be projected. The case will feature Adler Fellows Joo Won Kang as Figaro, Laura Krumm as Rosina, Phillippe Sly as Bartolo, Ao Li as Basilio, and Marina Harris as Berta. The role of Almaviva will be sung by tenor Matthew Grills, a 2012 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
The Barber of Seville for Families will be given two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on November 24 and November 30. Tickets are priced from $25 to $90 for adults and $10 to $45 for children. They have their own event page for online purchase. Again, tickets may also be purchased by visiting the Box Office or by calling 415-864-3330.
Finally, the 2013 Adler Fellowship season will conclude with The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert. All of the current Adler Fellows will participate in a program of opera scenes and arias from a diverse collection of opera scores, including Iphigénie en Tauride, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Le Nozze di Figaro, among many others. The SFO Orchestra will be conducted by Stephen Lord.
This special concert will be only one performance beginning at at 7:30 p.m. on November 27. The venue will be the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, located at 2850 19th Avenue. Tickets are priced from $30 to $65 with a special $15 rate for students with valid ID, which may be purchased on the day of performance, subject to availability. This presentation has its own event page for online purchase of tickets. Again, tickets may also be purchased by visiting the Box Office at the War Memorial Opera House or by calling 415-864-3330.