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SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
Renée Fleming in
LUCREZIA BORGIA

Wednesday, November 12
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Saturday, November 15 - 1:00pm
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$10 Friends of the Tivoli & Tivoli Performing Arts Cardholders
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Running time: 2:16 - plus one intermission

Renée Fleming, “America’s most-loved and most-lauded opera singer” (The Times, London), returns to San Francisco Opera in the title role of this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece.

A femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son.

The silken-voiced soprano sings this touchstone role “with raw intensity and earthy richness, utterly inhabiting the character” (The New York Times). She will be joined by "rising American tenor Michael Fabiano [who] shone as Gennaro, his warm lyric tone founded on longbreathed phrasing and a well-shaped line" (Opera News), and bass Vitalij Kowaljow, who sings with a “potent blend of vocal weight and emotional transparency” (San Francisco Chronicle); mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, whose "big, bright and pleasing voice was wonderful as Orsini" (The New York Times); and led by internationally acclaimed conductor Riccardo Frizza.

Recorded October 2011

 


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TEATRO REAL - MADRID
BODAS DE SANGRE and
SUITE FLAMENCA

Sunday, November 23 - 1:00pm BUY TICKETS
Tuesday, November 25 - 7:00pm BUY TICKETS

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Running time: 2:20 - plus one intermission

Bodas de Sangre - In 1974 Antonio Gades would take a huge step forward for Spanish dance with the creation of his ballet Blood Wedding, or Bodas de Sangre, based on the play by Federico García Lorca, who in turn was inspired by the news of an incident that took place in Nijar in 1928. It was adapted for ballet by Alfredo Mañas, who had already collaborated with Antonio ten years before in Don Juan.

Suite Flamenca - The dances with which Antonio Gades began his solo career in about 1963 were gradually shaped into the numbers that would become the Suite Flamenca five years later, eight pieces of traditional flamenco dance presented from Gades’ own angle. This Suite was performed by his company, including, among others, Cristina Hoyos, his dance partner for more than twenty years, who in turn had replaced Curra Jiménez, Antonio’s partner in the early years.

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ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Placido Domingo
in I DUE FOSCARI


Wednesday, December 3 - 1:00pm BUY TICKETS
Sunday, December 7 - 1:00pm BUY TICKETS

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Running time: 2:30 - plus one intermission

I due Foscari, Verdi's sixth opera, is one of his darkest and saddest. At its heart is a father's realization that there is nothing he can do to protect his family against the world's cruelties. The 31-year-old composer may well have drawn on his own devastating experience of losing his wife and two infant children a few years earlier. But despite the opera's sombre soul, the music for I due Foscari contains exhilarating forerunners of Verdi's later style - particularly in the fiercely virtuosic writing for the heroine Lucrezia and her magnificent duets with the Doge in Act I and with her doomed husband in Act II.

Francesco Foscari — Plácido Domingo
Jacopo Foscari —  Francesco Meli
Lucrezia Contarini —  Maria Agresta
Jacopo Loredano —  Maurizio Muraro
Barbarigo — Samuel Sakker
Pisana — Rachel Kelly
Fante —  Lee Hickenbottom
Servant — Dominic Barrand

American director Thaddeus Strassberger, making his Royal Opera debut, depicts a Venice that is rotten to its core. Mattie Ullrich's opulent costume designs reference the opera's 15th-century setting while suggesting the corruption lurking beneath. The spare sets of award-winning British designer Kevin Knight illustrate the Foscaris' isolation and the decay of the city, before flaring out into grand guignol for the opera's brilliant Act III carnival.

 



 


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GRAN TEATRO DEL LICEU
Joyce DiDonato & Juan Diego Flórez
in CENERENTOLA


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Sunday, January 4 - 1:00pm BUY TICKETS

ALL SEATS $15

GENERAL ADMISSION
Running time: 2:45 - plus one intermission

“Catch Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in what may just be definitive performances in Rossini’s enchanting rags-to-riches rendition,” entreated James Sohre in his review of Rossini’s beloved dramma giocoso “La Cenerentola” in Opera Today. This performance from Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu captures all the vocal sparks and dazzle generated by these two phenomenal singers. With his airy, effortless high notes and perfect command of rapid-fire Rossinian parlando, the charismatic Flórez once again proves that he was born to sing Rossini.

American mezzo Joyce DiDonato is not only a beautiful Angelina and a stunning presence, but also a prodigiously gifted artist who moves with ease and grace from the most delicate pianissimi to the most heartrending outbursts of passion. A noted bel canto singer, Ms. DiDonato won the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Award in 2007.

Coproduced by the Houston Grand Opera, the Welsh National Opera Cardiff and Geneva’s Grand Théâtre in addition to the Liceu, this international undertaking boasts a truly cosmopolitan flair. Conducting the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Patrick Summers leads “an effervescent reading” (Opera Today) that is fully supported by the rest of the top-notch cast. Director Joan Font and his set and costume designer Joan Guillén keep the audience busy with many lovingly crafted details, including dancers costumed as rats, cheerily colorful costumes and imaginative lighting effects, courtesy of Albert Faura. Light and bubbly, this is Rossini at his finest!

 



 


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