Thursday, October 20, 2016

Three Nights Left For "The Makropulos Case

If you have yet to see Leoš Janáček's Věc Makropulos (The Makropulos Case), there are only three remaining performances - October 23,26 and 29.

The San Francisco Opera company let's it rip in this suspenseful lyric drama about the quest for eternal youth.

©Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Director Olivier Tambosi returns to oversee his imaginative staging, a co-production with Finnish National Opera, which premiered at San Francisco Opera in 2010 to considerable praise. 

Russian conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov makes his Company debut leading the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and a brilliant ensemble cast featuring German soprano Nadja Michael in the pivotal role of Emilia Marty, American tenor Charles Workman in his San Francisco Opera debut as Albert Gregor and American baritone Stephen Powell as Baron Jaroslav Prus.

And by the way, a very revealing interview with Ms. Michael is featured in the Encore Magazine, available only at the Opera House. Another great production. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Don Pasquale Returns to SFO in Style

San Francisco Opera audiences greeted the long anticipated return of Don Pasquale with well deserved praise this season, bestowing special kudos for Laurent Pelly’s brilliant staging.

Donizetti’s farce was placed in Rome circa 1955, which gave us a chance to admire the fashion and costumes of that glamorous bygone era while enjoying a timeless entertainment.

Heidi Stober and Lawrence Brownlee | Credit: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

With the SFO fall season now reaching its midway point, Bay Crossings readers are encouraged to attend the remaining performances through December.