San Francisco Opera celebrates the bicentennial births of two of opera’s most important composers—Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Renowned bass-baritone Bryn Terfel returns to San Francisco in the title role of Verdi’s beloved comedy Falstaff, conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti. Falstaff opens October 8 and runs for eight performances through November 2. San Francisco Opera teams with Stanford Live to present a free live simulcast of the October 11 performance of Falstaff at Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater. A new production of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer starring Wagnerian bass-baritone Greer Grimsley in the title role and conducted by Patrick Summers opens on October 22 and runs for seven performances through November 15. In a once-in-a-lifetime performance, Nicola Luisotti will lead the combined orchestras and choruses of San Francisco Opera and Italy’s Teatro di San Carlo in a performance of Verdi’s masterwork, the Messa da Requiem, on October 25. All performances feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus (Ian Robertson, director). Click here to order tickets on-line.
Falstaff, Giuseppe Verdi [October 8–November 2]
Free Live HD Simulcast October 11 at Stanford University
Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel stars in his signature role. Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta is Alice Ford and Italian baritone Fabio Capitanucci makes his Company debut as her husband. Soprano Heidi Stober returns as Nannetta, Meredith Arwady is Dame Quickly and Francesco Demuro is Fenton. This Lyric Opera of Chicago production, designed by Frank Philipp Schlössmann, is directed by French stage director Olivier Tambosi and conducted by Nicola Luisotti.
Stanford Live and San Francisco Opera join to present a live simulcast of Falstaff at Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater on Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m. The simulcast is free. Register in advance for guaranteed entry at live.stanford.edu. KDFC Radio’s Hoyt Smith will serve as onsite host at Frost Amphitheater for the simulcast.
San Francisco Opera Guild will present an Insight Panel Discussion featuring members of the cast and production team from Falstaff. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 2 at 6 p.m. in Chorissima Hall at the Kanbar Performing Arts Center (44 Page Street). Insight panels are free for Opera members and $5 for the general public; tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the discussion.
Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley stars in Wagner’s mythic tale of a condemned ship captain and the woman bent on redeeming him. Also featured are Petra Maria Schnitzer (Senta), Ian Storey (Erik), and Kristinn Sigmundsson (Daland). SF Opera's Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers conducts this production designed and directed by Petrika Ionesco . Costumes are by Lili Kendaka. Taking advantage of the company's state-of-the-art projection equipment, S. Katy Tucker has created new projections for this co-production with Belgium’s Opéra Royal de Wallonie.
San Francisco Opera Guild will present an Insight Panel Discussion featuring members of the cast and production team from Der Fliegende Holländer. The discussion will take place on Monday, October 21 at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall at San Francisco Conservatory (50 Oak Street). Insight panels are free for Opera members and $5 for the general public; tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the discussion.
San Francisco Opera presents an unprecedented performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s choral masterpiece, Messa da Requiem, on Friday, October 25 featuring the combined orchestras and choruses of San Francisco Opera and Italy’s celebrated Real Teatro di San Carlo of Naples. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, the concert will feature soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa, tenor Michael Fabiano and bass Vitalij Kowaljow. This unique presentation of the Requiem is offered as part of the worldwide Verdi bicentennial celebration and in recognition of 2013 The Year of Italian Culture in the United States, an initiative held under the auspices of the president of the Italian Republic.
TICKETS & INFORMATION
Single tickets for San Francisco Opera’s 2013–14 Season are priced from $23 to $385. Tickets for the Verdi Requiem concert on October 25, 2013 are priced from $25 to $250 and availability is limited. Tickets may be purchased at sfopera.com or through the San Francisco Opera Box Office [301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove Street), or by phone at (415) 864-3330]. Standing Room tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on the day of each performance; tickets are $10 each, cash only.