San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock Announces 2019-20 Season Repertory And Casting
January 22, 2019
San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock today announced repertory and casting for the Company's 97th Season, opening Friday, September 6, 2019, with a gala performance of Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet (Rom o et Juliette) starring tenor Bryan Hymel and soprano Nadine Sierra in Op ra de Monte-Carlo Director Jean-Louis Grinda's production. In keeping with the Company's time-honored tradition, the new season will be inaugurated with San Francisco Opera Guild's elegant, signature benefit and celebration, Opera Ball 2019. (more...)
Hungarian State Opera U.S. Debut To Include Appearances By Longtime Supporters Eva Marton And Plácido Domingo
October 30, 2018
As the Hungarian State Opera makes its U.S. debut, the company is joined by two of its greatest supporters, Eva Marton and Plácido Domingo, who make special guest appearances to celebrate these milestone performances (October 30 – November 11). Ms. Marton gives a speech in honor of the HSO at the State Opera and National Ballet Gala, which takes place at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Sunday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. The following evening—Monday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m.—Mr. Domingo conducts the HSO Orchestra as it makes its Carnegie Hall debut. He also makes his own Carnegie Hall conducting debut with this performance. (more...)
A New Production Of Saint-Saens's Samson ET DALILA Opens The Metropolitan Opera's 2018-19 Season
September 06, 2018
The Metropolitan Opera will open its 134th season on Monday, September 24, with a new production of Saint-Saens's biblical tragedy Samson et Dalila, conducted by Sir Mark Elder and starring El?na Garan?a and Roberto Alagna, last seen together at the Met in acclaimed performances of Bizet's Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest opposite Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimelech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Making his Met debut, Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak directs the first new Met production of the opera in 20 years. The opening performance will be simulcast live to Times Square, and the October 20 matinee will be seen throughout the world, as part of The Met: Live in HD series. (more...)
The vulnerable protagonists of Aida face an agonising moral dilemma: to what should they be loyal? To their homelands? To their families? Or to their love?
The story of the opera is a product of war: not only in its writing, but on the stage as well. The sounds of war resonate throughout the tale of the captive Ethiopian princess and king, and the Egyptian commander brought down by and for love. Although Egypt wins a pyrrhic victory, this triumph desired by so many brings ruin to all who wished for it.
This is a story about war, a topic as old as man and which will continue as long as our species. War chooses life or death for millions, divides families and lovers, and permeates warring countries and their people of every order and rank, from pharaoh to slave.
But there is one thing that can never be vanquished: the purity of the soul.