San Francisco Opera announced the 2013-2014 season with some classics, Patricia Racette, Greer Grimsley, Dolora Zajick, many conductors and a couple of non-traditional works from Broadway and horror novelist Stephen King. David Gockley commissioned the world premiere of Dolores Claiborne.
The seasoner opener with the gala will bring Patricia Racette to the stage again with the Faustian story Mefistofele by Boito.
Racette headlines again later in the season with her acclaimed Madama Butterfly by Puccini.
Racette performs in a company premiere directed by Francesca Zambello, Kern and Hammerstein II’s Showboat. This American classic also stars Nathan Gunn and Heidi Stober, conducted by John DeMain.
Real life couple and former Merolini, Daniela Mack and former Adler Alek Shrader will perform in The Barber of Seville as alternates with Isabele Leonard and Xavier Camarena. Alternating leads in this Bellini production will be Lucas Meacham and Audun Iverson. It’s a new production.
Two bicentennial celebrations come up, Wagner and Verdi. Wagernian baritone Greer Grimsley returns to San Francisco in a new production as Der fliegende Holländer/The Flying Dutchman. He performed at SF last in Salome as John the Baptist. He’s highly regarded at the Seattle Opera for his Ring Cycle performances as Wotan. It’s the story of a ship’s captain doomed to remain at sea after he’s cursed for his arrogance. Only the selfless love of a mortal woman may save him.
SF conductor Nicola Luisotti leads the Verdi bicentennial celebration with Falstaff, Requiem and La Traviata.
SF presents the world premiere of Dolores Claiborne, yes based on the Stephen King novel about a an isolated family living in a dreary seaside shack with the battered wife and a smarmy husband who molests their daughter. Dolores Zajick, an SF alum, should make an admirable lead. She’s known for many many many performances as the vengeful princess in Aida. Elizabeth Futral performs and James Robinson directs while George Manahan conducts.
San Francisco Opera for premiere in 2015 has commissioned La Ciociara by Italian composer Marco Tutino. Two Women comes from the 1958 Italian novel of the same name. The 1960 film by De Sica stars Sophia Loren. It’s a mother and daughter trying to survive the horrors of war by finding refuge in her mountain village of La Ciociara during World War II, after the Allied forces bomb Rome.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Subscriptions for San Francisco Opera’s 2013–14 Season are priced from $152 to $2,712 for Full Series (8 operas) and $78 to $1,695 for Half Series (4 or 5 operas); these prices reflect discounts of up to 30% over single ticket prices. Thematically designed Mini Series (3 or 4 operas) are priced from $94 to $1,206, with savings up to 10%. For travelers, Out of Town Series offer two or three operas in two or three days and are priced from $70 to $1,017, also with savings up to 10%. Subscriptions are on sale to new and renewing subscribers beginning January 14, 2013 at the San Francisco Opera Box Office, by calling (415) 864-3330 or online at sfopera.com.
Single tickets for San Francisco Opera’s 2013–14 Season cost from $23 to $385. Tickets go on sale July 2013.
Tickets for the Verdi Requiem concert on October 25, 2013 cost from $25 to $250 and may be purchased with subscription orders; single tickets will be available in July 2013.
Tickets for the November 24 and 30, 2013 The Barber of Seville for Families presentations cost from $10 to $45 for children and $25 to $90 for adults. Tickets may be purchased with subscription orders; single tickets will be available in July 2013.
The September 8 Opera in the Park concert is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Visit sfopera.com/park for more information.
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