San Francisco Opera Announces Added Concerts to the 2017 Fall Season

San Francisco Opera Announces Added Concerts to the 2017 Fall SeasonSan Francisco Opera today announced the addition of two concerts to its 2017 Fall Season. On Thursday, November 30, the San Francisco Opera Chorus will be featured in an all-choral program at the Taube Atrium Theater in the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera. The following evening on December 1, multi-platinum New Zealand vocal trio Sol3 Mio (pronounced So-le Mio) will make their continental United States concert debut at the War Memorial Opera House accompanied by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Robert Mollicone. In a related announcement, the venue for the annual The Future is Now concert featuring the 2017 Adler Fellows on Friday, December 8, will be the War Memorial Opera House.

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock said: "San Francisco Opera is a community of incredible artists and I am so proud when we can showcase their talents to Bay Area audiences. The first Chorus Concert in 2016 was a spectacular success and Chorus Director Ian Robertson has put together another intriguing journey through a vast sweep of choral treasures for this second concert. And then to be able to present two of our Adler Fellows in their award-winning group Sol3 Mio with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in a program of holiday music will be a joyous occasion on our stage. Along with the belovEd Adler concert, this time under the baton of Maestro James Gaffigan, we have some wonderful additions to an already fabulous fall season."

The critically acclaimed New Zealand trio Sol3 Mio will take to the War Memorial Opera House stage on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. for a special holiday concert. This exclusive San Francisco Opera presentation of Samoan brothers and Adler Fellow tenors Pene Pati and Amitai Pati, and their Samoan cousin baritone Moses Mackay, will feature the popular trio in a program of holiday favorites, operatic works, crossover hits and songs from the South Pacific. Former Adler Fellow, Robert Mollicone, in his mainstage debut, will conduct the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

Known for their impassioned singing and brotherly bonhomie onstage, Sol3 Mio brings classically trained voices and operatic credentials-Pene Pati made his role debut as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera in May 2017-to a wide repertory. The group's multi-platinum album sales in New Zealand, performances throughout the country and visits to Australia, Japan, Europe and Hawaii have earned them an enormous audience at home and abroad. The trio sing, play instruments and perform unique arrangements of Samoan songs; popular hits like Ed SHeeran's "I See Fire" (originally written for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and Blackstreet's "No Diggity"; and operatic selections by Bernstein, Bizet and Puccini. To learn more about Sol3 Mio and to hear excerpts, visit sol3mio.com.

The acclaimed San Francisco Opera Chorus will offer a concert of sacred, secular and operatic music on November 30 at 8 p.m., in the intimate Taube Atrium Theater. Under the baton of Chorus Director Ian Robertson and Associate Chorus Master and pianist Fabrizio Corona, the 47-member chorus will take center stage in musical offerings by Bach, di Lasso, Elgar, Ešenvalds, Massenet, O'Regan, Poulenc, Praetorius, Puccini, Purcell, Verdi and Wagner.

The annual concert showcasing the San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellows, The Future is Now, will be held on December 8 at 7:30 p.m. In this final concert of the year, the 2017 class of Adlers will perform arias and operatic scenes in the War Memorial Opera House accompanied by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and conducted by James Gaffigan, in his San Francisco Opera debut.

Tickets for all three concerts are on sale now. Tickets for the San Francisco Opera Chorus Concert on November 30 at the Taube Atrium Theater are $35 and seating is general admission; visit sfopera.com/chorusconcert. Tickets for the Sol3 Mio concert on December 1 at the War Memorial Opera House range from $20 to $100; visit sfopera.com/sol3mio. Tickets for The Future Is Now Adler Fellows concert on December 8 at the War Memorial Opera House range from $30 to $80; visit sfopera.com/futureisnow.

Tickets can be purchased at sfopera.com, through the San Francisco Opera Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue and by phone at (415) 864-3330.

The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street. The Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater is located in the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera on the fourth floor of the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera performances. The War Memorial Opera House and the Veterans Building is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street. For more public transportation information, visit bart.gov and sfmta.com.

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