SF Summer Opera 2015 Promises To Heat Up June & July

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Opera at the Ballpark
Opera at the Ballpark

Photo Credit: Scott Wall/SF Opera

Don’t let June gloom in San Francisco get the best of you. Summer may be dreary and cool, but there are plenty of haute happenings to keep you busy nonetheless. You’ll want to check out the SF Summer Opera 2015 season, which opens June 7 with The Trojans (Les Troyens), the monumental and epic French grand opera by Hector Berlioz, and runs through July 5. Continuing what has become a beloved Bay Area tradition, San Francisco Opera also returns to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, for a free live simulcast of The Marriage of Figaro on Friday, July 3.

Here’s the lineup:

Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Act I of the Royal Opera production of Les Troyens (2012).
Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Act I of the Royal Opera production of Les Troyens (2012).

Photo Credit: Bill Cooper/Royal Opera House

The Trojans (Les Troyens)Hector Berlioz / June 7–July 1
San Francisco Opera presents the long-awaited return of one of the most significant pieces in the operatic repertoire—Berlioz’s The Trojans set to a text by the composer and based on Virgil’s classical poem the Aeneid. The resplendent cast is headlined by the “vocally sumptuous and alluring” (New York Times) mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and powerful tenor Bryan Hymel, who gives “an impassioned and confident performance of a heroic role” (New York Times), as the ill-fated lovers Dido and Aeneas. The dramatic role of the prophetess Cassandra is shared by Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, who received enthusiastic reviews in this production at its London premiere, and rising star mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas.

Anna Caterina Antonacci-Two-Women2
Anna Caterina Antonacci inTwo Women

Photo Credit: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Two Women (La Ciociara) – Music by Marco Tutino; Libretto by Marco Tutino and Fabio Ceresa / June 13–30
San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Italian composer Marco Tutino’s Two Women (La Ciociara), based on 20th-century Italian author Alberto Moravia’s novel of the same name, with a libretto by the composer and Fabio Ceresa. Moravia’s critically acclaimed 1958 work was adapted in 1960 by noted Italian film producer Carlo Ponti into a film directed by Vittorio De Sica starring Sophia Loren. Loren won the 1962 Academy Award for Best Actress for the performance—the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign language film. David Gockley remarked, “Marco Tutino’s lush musical palette will remind the listener of Puccini, Leoncavallo and Mascagni.  The stunning Italian diva Anna Caterina Antonacci, who Tutino wrote this piece for, will lead a cast whose story will both break your heart and mend it with hope and reconciliation.”

Marriage of Figaro
Marriage of Figaro

Photo Credit: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / June 14–July 5
Mozart’s eternally popular comedy The Marriage of Figaro features a cast of vivid characters headlined by young bass-baritone Philippe Sly in the title role and soprano Lisette Oropesa as Susanna.

Opera at the Ballpark
Opera at the Ballpark

Photo Credit: Edgar Lee/San Francisco Opera

Free Live Simulcast of The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), AT&T Park / July 3
Continuing what has become a beloved Bay Area tradition, San Francisco Opera partners with the San Francisco Giants to present a free live simulcast of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) at AT&T Park on Friday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Company’s 13th simulcast since 2006 (in multiple venues) will be transmitted live from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House to AT&T Park’s high-definition scoreboard. As a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy the sights and sounds of San Francisco Opera, the Company’s simulcasts have drawn more than 222,500 people, many experiencing opera for the first time. Through state-of-the-art technology, the simulcast will be transmitted in 1920×1080 high definition (HD) to AT&T Park’s 103-feet wide Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision scoreboard—one of the highest quality outdoor LED scoreboards in the nation. Concert quality audio combined with AT&T Park’s huge screen creates an unmatched operatic experience for attendees sitting in the stands and on the baseball field itself. AT&T Park concessions will be open for the simulcast, providing audiences the rare opportunity to pair hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn with world-class opera. San Francisco Opera at the Ballpark is made possible through the extraordinary technology of the Koret-Taube Media Suite. Free registration for early entry and best seating is available at sfopera.com/simulcast.

For tickets, call (415) 864-3330 or visit sfopera.com

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