San Francisco Opera 2016 – 2017

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SFOpera Leadership

John A. Gunn, Chairman, San Francisco Opera Board of Directors
Keith B. Geeslin, President, San Francisco Opera Association
David Gockley, General Director
Matthew Shilvock, General Director Designate
Nicola Luisotti, Music Director
Patrick Summers, Principal Guest Conductor
Ian Robertson, Chorus Director
Sheri Greenawald, Opera Center Director
San Francisco Opera 2016 – 2017 Season Repertory and Casting

Andrea Chenier – Sept 2016 09, 14, 17, 22, 25, 30


Andrea Chenier at San franciso Opera 2016 - 2017 at
Music by Umberto Giordano | Libretto by Luigi Illica Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

2 Hours 40 Mins 1 Intermission

An ardent poet and a young noblewoman are passionately attracted only to be separated by the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Music Director, Nicola Luisotti conducts this powerful, melodic score in a lavish period production by acclaimed director David McVicar.



Andrea Chenier – Yonghoon Lee*
Maddalena de Coigny – Anna Pirozzi*
Carlo Gerard – George Gagnidze*
Bersi – J’nai Bridges*
L’Incredibile – Joel Sorensen
Mathieu – Robert Pomakov
Roucher – David Pershall*
Madelon – Jill Grove
Countess de Coigny – Catherine Cook
Conductor – Nicola Luisotti
Director – David McVicar
Set Designer – Robert Jones*
Costume Designer – Jenny Tiramani*
Lighting Designer – Adam Silverman
Original Choreographer – Andrew George
Revival Choreographer – Colm Seery
Chorus Director – Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera Debut


Dream of the Red Chamber – World Premiere

Sept 2016 – 10, 13, 18, 23, 27, 29


Dream of the Red Chamber SF Opera at

One of China’s greatest classical novels as famous in China as Romeo and Juliet is in the West recounts the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a beautiful heiress. Featuring a libretto co-authored by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), this new English-language opera is by Bright Sheng, one of the most important Chinese-American composers today. Acclaimed Taiwanese director and playwright Stan Lai teams up with Tim Yip, the Academy Award-winning designer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, to bring this visionary work to life.

3 hours with 1 Intermission



Dai Yu – Pureum Jo*
Bao Yu – Yijie Shi*
Bao Chai – Nian Wang
Granny Jia – Qiulin Zhang*
Lady Wang – Hyona Kim*
Princess Jia – Karen Chia-Ling Ho*
Aunt Xue – Yanyu Guo
* SF Opera Debut
Composer and Co-librettist Bright Sheng*
Co-librettist David Henry Hwang*
Conductor George Manahan Director Stan Lai*
Production Designer Tim Yip*
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Projection Designer John Wong *
Choreographer Fang-Yi Sheu *
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Don Pasquale – Sept 2016 28 – Oct 2016 – 2, 4, 7, 12, 15


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Don Pasquale has decided to cut off his live-in nephew in order to make him marry a wife of his choosing. Although his nephew Ernesto wants to marry his lover Norina, a young widow, the union is not blessed. Don Pasquale decides to marry himself in order to kick him out, and with the help of Malatesta, he is going to marry Malatesta’s youngest sister, Sofronia. But Malatesta is tricking Don Pasquale into marrying Norina in disguise in order to teach him a lesson and get Ernesto and Norina be together in the end.

2 hours 25 Mins with 1 Intermission



Don Pasquale Maurizio Muraro
Norina Heidi Stober
Ernesto Lawrence Brownlee*
Dr. Malatesta Lucas Meachem 1
Dr. Malatesta Edward Nelson 2
* San Francisco Opera Debut1 September 28, October 2, October 12, and October 15
2 October 4 and 7
Conductor Giuseppe Finzi
Director Laurent Pelly Set
Designer Chantal Thomas Costume
Designer Laurent Pelly Lighting
Designer Duane Schuler Chorus
Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera Debut

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