Tag Archives: San Francisco Opera

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell – California – Part 1

by Jonathan Pell

I am in Los Angeles this morning after two days in San Francisco where I attended back to back performances of Boito’s rarely performed opera MEFISTOFELE and the third performance in the world premiere run of Tobias Picker’s new opera DOLORES CLAIBORNE, both starring Patricia Racette. It was an astonishing feat when Ms. Racette agreed […]

TDO’s Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, San Francisco II

by Megan Meister

Yesterday I went to a matinee at ACT (American Conservatory Theater) of Kander and Ebb’s last collaboration before Fred Ebb’s death, the musical THE SCOTTSBOROUGH BOYS, in a production directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. Based on the notorious series of trials that began in 1931 in Alabama where nine innocent African-American […]

TDO’s Artistic Director Jonathan Pell, San Francisco I

by Megan Meister

I arrived in San Francisco on Thursday just in time to make a 7:30 curtain of Verdi’s rarely produced opera ATTILA. The cast was headed up by veteran bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role and conducted by Nicola Luisotti, San Francisco Opera’s music director. I know the piece is problematic, having seen a few […]

Professional Chameleons

by Suzanne Calvin

I’m trying to make the mental leap from Papageno to Henry Kissinger and finding it downright difficult. However, it appears that baritone Patrick Carfizzi (our scene-stealing Papageno in “The Magic Flute”) has now inhabited the character of the former Secretary of State for San Francisco Opera’s new production of John Adams’ “Nixon in China” and […]

Creative Timing

by Suzanne Calvin

Maybe it’s something in the groundwater supply, but there’s been a welcome flurry of announcements today about yet-to-be-created-operas. Besides the announcement of our own commission of a new grand opera by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, San Francisco Opera has several ideas for new world premieres up their collective sleeves, as noted by “Washington Post” classical […]