San Francisco Opera 2016 Season

General Director David Gockley and Music Director Nicola Luisotti Announce
San Francisco Opera 2016 Season Repertory and Casting

The 2016 Season Includes:

A Double Bill: Getty’s Usher House and Debussy’s La Chute de la Maison Usher
Bizet’s Carmen
Verdi’s Don Carlo

Janáček’s Jenůfa





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Carmen Georges Bizet May 27 – July 3, 2016

Carmen at SFO Opera at

English National Opera production. Photo by Alastair Muir.


A bold, provocative Carmen marks the United States opera debut of the so-called “bad boy of opera,” Spanish director Calixto Bieito. The fiery, tuneful score plays out against Bieito’s sexually-charged, cinematic production, which has been updated to tumultuous post-Franco Spain. In one of two talented casts, mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts is the passionate Gypsy alongside tenor Brian Jagde as Don Josa, with Zachary Nelson as Escamillo and Nadine Sierra as Micala. The other cast is headlined by Ginger Costa-Jackson as Carmen with Riccardo Massi as Don Jos, Michael Sumuel as Escamillo and Erika Grimaldi as Mica. Bieito’s intelligent, persuasive and intense (The Guardian, UK) production will be staged by his associate Joan Anton Rechi and conducted by Carlo Montanaro, both making their San Francisco Opera debuts.



Don Carlo Giuseppe Verdi June 12 – 29, 2016


Don Carlo at San Franisco Opera at

One of Giuseppe Verdi’s most iconic political operas, Don Carlo explores a triangle of lovers amidst the backdrop of the brutal Spanish Inquisition. Music Director Nicola Luisotti leads this San Francisco Opera production directed by Emilio Sagi. The exceptional international cast features the return of tenor Michael Fabiano taking on the title role for the first time and the Company debut of celebrated Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova as Elisabetta. Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Nadia Krasteva is Princess Eboli and the outstanding roster is completed by Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecie as Rodrigo and German bass Ren Pape as Philip II.




Janáček’s Jenůfa June 14July 1, 2016

Jenufa at San Fransico Opera At


Building on an impressive Company history with the works of Czech composer Leo Janacek, San Francisco Opera welcomes the return of Janacek authority Janacek to conduct Jenufa. Swedish soprano Malin Bystrom makes her Company debut singing the title role for the first time in this critically praised Olivier Tambosi production new to San Francisco. Legendary Finnish soprano Karita Mattila, who brought her searing dramatic intelligence (Financial Times) to San Francisco Opera’s 2010 production of Janacek Makropulos, will portray Jenufa’s stepmother Kostelnička and tenor William Burden is Laca Kleme.




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 DirectorÂ


Nicola Luisotti, Music Director, Caroline H. Hume Endowed Chair
Patrick Summers, Principal Guest Conductor
Jordi Bernà cer, Resident Conductor
Carrie Weick, Orchestra Librarian
Tracy Davis, Orchestra Manager – See more at:


San Francisco Opera Website HERE

Holding the Man on DVD Here