Release date: 6/21/2017
World Premiere of Girls of the Golden West by Composer John Adams and with a Libretto by Director Peter Sellars
Season-Opening Production of Puccini's Turandot, New Productions of Strauss's Elektra and Massenet's Manon, Revival of Verdi's La Traviata
Single tickets on sale for 2017 Fall.pdf Photos Available
Single (non-subscription) tickets for San Francisco Opera's 2017 Fall Season at the War Memorial Opera House go on sale Monday, June 26, 2017, at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at sfopera.com; in-person at the San Francisco Opera Box Office, located at 301 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco and open Mondays from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and by phone at (415) 864-3330 during Box Office hours. Full and Half Series subscription packages are also available. Tickets for the three cycles of Wagner’s Ring during the summer of 2018 are available as complete, four-opera cycles only.
San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock said: “It is my pleasure to announce that single tickets for our fall season are now on sale. Join us as we present a wonderfully balanced quintet of works in repertory, each presenting the passion, artistry and imaginative storytelling that make the art form of opera so compelling. Five incredible journeys will offer transformative experiences that delve into the truths of the human condition, including a visceral production of Richard Strauss’ Elektra, Jules Massenet’s enchanting Manon, the world premiere of John Adams and Peter Sellars’ Girls of the Golden West, and powerful repertory favorites Puccini’s Turandot and Verdi’s La Traviata.”
The 2017 Fall Season opens with Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot (September 8–30) in David Hockney’s exuberant production. San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts an international cast featuring Martina Serafin, Maria Agresta, Toni Marie Palmertree (September 24 and 30 only) and Brian Jagde. Tickets for the September 8 opening night gala, Opera Ball 2017 at The Imperial Palace, are available at the Box Office and online at sfopera.com/operaball2017. Richard Strauss' Elektra (September 9–27) opens the following day with the trio of Christine Goerke, Adrianne Pieczonca and Stephanie Blythe starring in a new production by acclaimed English director Keith Warner. On Sunday, September 10, the popular Opera in the Park will feature Luisotti conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and vocal soloists from the new season in a free concert in Sharon Meadow at Golden Gate Park.
Maestro Luisotti, who made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2005 conducting Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, was appointed music director in 2009 and has led over 40 opera productions and concerts with the Company. He will formally step down from his post at the conclusion of the 2017–18 Season. As an expression of appreciation for his artistic contributions, San Francisco Opera Guild designated the Italian maestro as the honoree for Opera Ball 2017, the first celebration during the season to honor Luisotti for his distinguished San Francisco Opera tenure.
Along with Turandot (September 8–30) and Opera in the Park, Luisotti will also conduct the revival of John Copley's lavish production of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata (September 23–October 17) featuring three internationally acclaimed artists making their San Francisco Opera debuts: Aurelia Florian, Atalla Ayan and Artur Ruciński.
After an absence of nearly two decades, Massenet's romantic Belle Époque gem, Manon (November 4–22), returns to the War Memorial Opera House stage with a dynamic cast headed by Nadine Sierra and Michael Fabiano, conducted by Massenet specialist Patrick Fournillier and staged in a new production by Vincent Boussard. Turandot returns in November (November 18–December 9) with several notable new members of the cast, including Nina Stemme and Leah Crocetto, and conducted by Christopher Franklin in his Company debut.
From the composer of Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer and Doctor Atomic, comes one of the musical season’s most eagerly-anticipated events: the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West (November 21–December 10), the latest opera by composer and Bay Area resident John Adams. With a libretto by director Peter Sellars, Girls of the Golden West explores the dramatic and often brutal stories of pioneers on California’s Gold Rush frontier during the 1850s. Created expressly for San Francisco Opera, the opera is presented by arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner.
Set in historic mining sites within the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a mere 200 miles away from San Francisco, the new work will premiere in the city which owes much of its early growth and enterprising spirit to the Gold Rush, an unprecedented, global event that attracted multitudes from around the world to the original “bubble economy.” Sellars’ libretto for Girls of the Golden West draws from period sources including The Shirley Letters, vivid accounts of life at Rich Bar written by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe, using her pen name “Dame Shirley”; speeches by abolitionist Frederick Douglass; poetry of Argentinian, Chilean and Chinese miners; songs of the period; and excerpts from Mark Twain’s Roughing It.
Conductor and frequent Adams collaborator Grant Gershon leads a diverse and exciting cast in all eight performances, including Julia Bullock, Hye Jung Lee, J’Nai Bridges, Paul Appleby, Davóne Tines, Elliot Madore, Ryan McKinny and dancer Lorena Feijoo. Sellars anchors a production team that is drawn from the worlds of opera, theater and cinema, including set designer David Gropman, costume designer Rita Ryack, lighting designer James F. Ingalls, sound designer Mark Grey and choreographer John Heginbotham.
All performances feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus at the historic War Memorial Opera House.
Please note that all evening performances during the 2017 Fall Season have a curtain time of 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the September 8 season opening night performance of Turandot, which will start at 8 p.m. Matinee performances begin at 2 p.m.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Single tickets for San Francisco Opera’s Fall 2017 Season are priced from $26 to $398. A $2 facility fee is included in Balcony Side, Rear and Front sections. All other sections include a $3 per ticket facility fee. Please visit sfopera.com for further details or call the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330. San Francisco Opera Box Office hours: Monday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. during performance season. Casts, programs, prices and schedules are subject to change.
All War Memorial Opera House performances (except the September 8 season opening) feature an informative Pre-Opera Talk beginning 55 minutes prior to curtain. Pre-Opera Talks are free of charge to patrons with tickets for the corresponding performance. Visit sfopera.com/learn for information about all of our opera talks, preview events and enrichment programs.
OperaVision screens, suspended from the ceiling of the balcony section at selected performances, provide close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video; English subtitles appear at the bottom of each screen. OperaVision is made possible by the Koret-Taube Media Suite. Visit sfopera.com for OperaVision dates.
The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera performances. The War Memorial Opera House 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 further public transportation information, visit bart.gov and sfmta.com.
*For the complete press release, including full cast and calendar listing, please view the attached PDF.