On January 13th, San Francisco Opera announced its new season. It has a combination of well- loved works, as well as premieres and works not often seen. The season begins with Norma, sung by Sandra Radvanovsky, one of the world’s leading singers of the lyric stage. Norma is Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece. It is followed by the company premiere of composer Carlisle Floyd’s American music drama Susannah with Patricia Racette. The San José Opera Guild will have lectures on both of these works, the former on August 26 by Simon Williams and the latter on September 2 by Derek Katz.
The Fall season continues with a revival of Verdi’s Masked Ball with tenor Ramon Vargas as the love-troubled King Gustav III. A company premiere of George Frideric Handel’s brilliantly entertaining comedy Partenope in an Olivier Award-winning new production is the next work. Countertenor David Daniels will star opposite soprano Danielle de Niese. These operas will also be featured in San José Opera Guild lectures, Masked Ball on September 30 by Jonathan Khuner and Partenope on October 7 by Bruce Lamott.
The final three operas of the Fall season feature two well-loved Puccini operas: Tosca and La Bohème. La Bohème will have a new production inspired by the artistic brilliance and romance of France’s Belle Époque period with Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo. Tosca will revive the beautiful Thierry Bosquet production and will feature Lianna Haroutounian making her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role. The third opera is Rossini’s delightfully funny La Cenerentola (Cinderella) using Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s charming production. French mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role. La Cenerentola will be the topic of the last Fall SF Opera lecture by Mary Ann Smart on October 28.
SJOG Fall 2014
JCC of Silicon Valley
14855 Oka Road (cross street Lark Ave)
10 AM to Noon
SJOG & JCC
May 23 Opera San José
with Opera San José
Vincenzo Bellini Norma
By Simon Williams
Carlisle Floyd Susannah
By Derek Katz
September 19 West Bay Opera
Giuseppe Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera
By Jonathan Khuner
George Frideric Handel Partenope
By Bruce Lamott
Gioachino Rossini La Cenerentola
By Mary Ann Smart