Every spring the Opera Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) presents a fully-staged production of a full-length opera. This year there will be an added dimension to this tradition, as the opera to be presented will be co-produced with the Portland Opera. The opera in question will be Dominick Argento’s one-act “Postcard from Morocco;” and the performance will feature a new production created and directed by Kevin Newbury, best known in San Francisco for having staged the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene for the San Francisco Opera (SFO) this past summer. (Those who follow SFO will probably also remember that the Merola Opera Program produced “Postcard from Morocco” in July of 2012.)
This week Newbury’s production will receive its premiere in Portland, where the opening run of this production will take place from March 21 to March 29, performed by Portland Opera Resident Artists. The production team will then move to San Francisco for a second staging of the opera with a cast and orchestra consisting entirely of SFCM students. As was the case last year, the performances will be presented in the Concert Hall.
“Postcard from Morocco” will be given four performances in San Francisco. These will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, along with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. Tickets for this performance are $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and Friends of the Conservatory. Tickets may be purchased online through a Click4Tix Web page or by calling the SFCM Box Office at 415-503-6275 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.