San Francisco Opera Announces July 2021 Free Opera Stream Schedule
The San Francisco Opera’s weekly free opera stream continues in July with Janáček Jenůfa’s intense family drama (July 10-11), Berlioz’s massive epic Les Troyens (Les Troyens) (July 17-18) ), the emotional thriller by Strauss Elektra (July 24-25) and the Tyrolean tragedy by Verdi Luisa Miller (July 31-August 1).
Part of the company’s Opera is ON initiative, free opera streams are viewable on demand with registration at sfopera.com, from 10 a.m. PDT on the first day of streaming until 11:59 p.m. the next day. Current San Francisco Opera subscribers and members (donors $ 75 and over) retain access to opera titles after their public access window until August 20.
Kicking off the July broadcasts of the San Francisco Opera is Leoš Janáček’s 2016 production of Jenůfa, which the San Francisco Chronicle and Mercury News hailed as a “triumph.” Dedicated to his recently deceased daughter, Janáček’s 1904 opera on Painful Loss and Redemption is a 20th century masterpiece with a striking score by the Czech composer. Renowned performer of the leading role in this work and in this production company, Kostelnička for the first time in her career is the legendary Karita Mattila, which continues its tradition of disserting on Janáček’s principal soprano assignments (Kát’a Kabanová and The Makropulos Case) in San Francisco. Swedish soprano Malin Byström makes her Company debut as Jenůfa, the unmarried young woman who faces the consequences of an accidental pregnancy. Tenors William Burden and Scott quinn represent Kostelnička’s cousins, Laca and Števa, who are in a love triangle with Jenůfa. French director Olivier Tambosi is leading the cast in a Hamburg State Opera production designed by frequent collaborator Frank Philipp Schlössmann with lighting designs by Gary Marder. San Francisco Opera Choirmaster Ian robertson prepares the choir of the Company. Czech maestro and Janáček specialist Jiří Bĕlohlávek conducts the Opera Orchestra in his last engagement in the Bay Area before his death the following year. Jenůfa is played in Czech with English subtitles and lasts approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Rarely performed by the biggest opera companies, Hector BerliozLes Troyens is a gigantic undertaking, requiring a high-level conductor, cast, orchestra and choir capable of handling the musical demands of the 1858 five-act score and an extraordinary creative team to stage scenes. on a large scale, design gigantic sets and choreography for multiple ballets. This co-production of the San Francisco Opera with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; The Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Vienna State Opera contain the heaviest decor ever used in the history of the Company, which necessitated the reinforcement of the stage of the War Memorial Opera. At the head of the cast, masters of the repertoire of grand French opera: the American tenor Bryan hymel as the faulty Trojan hero Aeneas, American mezzo-soprano Susan graham as Dido, the queen of Carthage, and the Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci as the Trojan prophetess Cassandra. Among the artists who make their debut in this production are the baritone Brian mulligan as Coroebus, mezzo-soprano Sasha cooke like Anna, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn like Narbal and tenor René Barbera like Iopas. Revival Director Leah Hausman, with assistance from Associate Directors Richard jones and Jose Maria Condemi, directed Sir David McVicarproduction of with decorations by Es Devlin (including a 23-foot-tall Trojan horse engulfed in flames), costumes of Moritz Junge and dramatic lighting, based on original designs by Wolfgang Göbbel, by Pia Virolainen. San Francisco Classical Voice credits former San Francisco Opera Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles, who conducts the Opera Orchestra’s 95 musicians, with much of the production’s “magnificent success”. Ian robertson prepares the San Francisco Opera Chorus for the huge crowd stages. Associate choreographer Gemma payne creates the opera ballets based on the work of the production’s original choreographer, Lyne Page. Les Troyens is played in French with English subtitles and has an approximate total duration of 3 hours and 52 minutes.
The 2017 presentation of the Richard straussThe 1909 one-act dramatic opera Elektra features an exceptional cast led by one of the greatest performers of the title role today, the soprano Christine goerke. She is joined by the mezzo-soprano Michaela martens like his mother, Klytemnestra; soprano Adrianne Pieczonka like Elektra’s idealistic sister, Chrysothémis; baritone-bass Alfred walker like his long-lost brother, Orest, and tenor Robert brubaker like Klytemnestra’s lover, Aegisth. Partly housed in a modern museum exhibiting Greek antiques, the production, featuring designs by Boris Kudlička, is staged here by Anja Kühnhold (based on the work of the original production manager, Keith warner). Kaspar Glarner creates the costumes, John Bishop designs the lighting and Bartek Macias is the video designer. The San Francisco Chronicle describes the debut of the Company of Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási as “unforgettable” and declares this Elektra “a tour de force of musical bravery and theatrical inventiveness”. Elektra is played in German with English subtitles and is approximately 1 hour and 52 minutes long.
Located in the Tyrolean Alps of the 17th century, Luisa Miller is one of the composers Giuseppe Verdimid-career operas with a text by Salvadore Cammarano based on a play by Friedrich schiller. This 2015 San Francisco Opera production by Francesca Zambello is revived by Associate Director Laurie Feldman. Soprano Lea Crocetto stars like Luisa Miller, opposite Michel Fabien like his mysterious romantic interest, “Carlo” (Rodolfo in disguise), and whose act II tenor aria “Quando le sere al placido” is one of the musical highlights of the evening. Bay Area Reporter congratulates Fabiano for “filling the house with a fiery tone and [his] Ukrainian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy is the father of Luisa, Miller, and bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi plays Count Walter, Rodolfo’s father. Making her San Francisco Opera debut and playing Federica, Rodolfo’s arranged bride was born in Minsk. mezzo Ekaterina Semenchuk. Frequent contributor to Zambello Michael yeargan creates the sets; Dounia ramicova designs the costumes for the opera and Gary Marder is the lighting designer. Italian maestro and former San Francisco opera musical director Nicola Luisotti conducts a “first orchestral performance” (Opera News) in this tragedy of love and family loyalty. Luisa Miller is performed in Italian with English subtitles and lasts approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes.
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