The Summer 2014 season of the San Francisco Opera (SFO) will feature the return of John Copley’s staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, an opera most recently performed by SFO in June of 2009 with staging by Marta Domingo. The title role of Violetta Valéry will be shared by sopranos Nicole Cabell and Ailyn Pérez, both of whom have sung the role before with SFO (Pérez as one of three Violetta’s in 2009). Tenors Saimir Pirgu and Stephen Costello (who happens to be Pérez’ husband) will share the role of Alfredo Germont, while the role of Alfredo’s father Giorgio will be shared by baritones Vladimir Stoyanov (making his SFO debut) and Quinn Kelsey. Conducting will be shared by Music Director Nicola Luisotti and Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi.
Cabell, Pirgu, and Stoyanov will perform for the six performances that will be given in June with Luisotti conducting. These will take place at 7:30 p.m. on June 11, 8 p.m. on June 14, 8 p.m. on June 17, 8 p.m. on June 20, 7:30 p.m. on June 25, and 2 p.m. on June 29. Pérez, Costello, and Kelsey will then give the four performances in July at 8 p.m. on July 5, 7:30 p.m. on July 8, 8 p.m. on July 11, and 2 p.m. on July 13. Finzi will conduct all July performances. Costello will also sing at the performances on June 17 and 20.
Further information may be found at the event page for this production on the SFO Web site. Single ticket prices begin at $24 and may be purchased through that same event page. They may also be purchased at the SFO Box Office in the War Memorial Opera House (301 Van Ness Avenue at the northwest corner of Grove Street) 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. during the performance season. In addition Standing Room tickets go on sale for $10 (cash only) at 10 a.m. on the day of each performance.
Finally, this production of La Traviata has been selected to be the next performance that will be simulcast to AT&T Park. This will be the 8 p.m. performance on July 5; and, as a special “preview event,” Pérez and Costello will sing the National Anthem at the beginning of the Giants game on July 2. These simulcast events are free and open to the general public, but advance registration is highly recommended. Registered ticket-holders are allowed early entrance for the best possible seating, beginning at 6 :30 p.m. All others are admitted at 7 p.m. There is an Opera at the Ballpark Web page that provides all necessary information (with a rich collection of hyperlinks), along with a form for registration.