Reasons to See 2016–17

If you’ve been to the War Memorial Opera House since it re-opened back in 1997, you’ve probably seen Kyle Minor. He’s been on the Box Office staff nearly the whole time, answering phones and greeting patrons at the ticketing window. Kyle has a strict policy against selling bad seats. “Luckily,” he says, “the Opera House doesn’t really have any of those. I know how that sounds but it’s true!” See what excites Kyle about 2016–17.

Dream of the Red Chamber
Two words: World Premiere
I’m so proud that our company has been involved in the creation of SO MANY brand new operas over the years. I’m still feeling the effects of having seen the premieres of A Streetcar Named Desire and Dead Man Walking, so when I see a new work on our schedule, it’s a must-see. Not only can our commissions be surprising and delightful, I love the risks that San Francisco Opera takes at mastering and refining opera as an art form.

Don Pasquale
Really… it’s OK to laugh at the opera
So many operas are heavy and tragic, which is fine but isn’t it nice to have a fun, up-beat night of music and laughter once in a while? Donizetti’s musical style is a delight in Don Pasquale, and the wonderful set and costumes JUST LOOK SO FUN! Expect this to be the sleeper hit of the fall, especially on the nights the hilarious and talented Lucas Meachem is singing.

Grand opera in a decidedly San Francisco style
is a masterwork and would be fine on its own without any adornment…but guys the BRAND NEW production design by artist RETNA—is going to be EYE-POPPING! I’ve always been into letterforms and typography, so RETNA’s work really resonates with me, especially when you consider I’ve lived in The Mission for many years—home of some of San Francisco’s most famous murals and graffiti art. If you were into the Zandra Rhodes color-parade of Aida we mounted a few years back (or especially if you missed it), you owe it to yourself to see this one.

Don Giovanni
Make Mine Mozart
While a lot of my favorite operas are baroque (Handel, anyone?), there is NOTHING in the world—especially for a NEW opera-goer—like good old Wolfgang Amadeus. The music is so natural and moving, it’s impossible not to get swept up in the story. And hey… remember how last summer you figured you would get tickets to, say Don Carlo, only to wait too long and find out the performances were sold out? THIS is going to be that opera for summer 2017. Don’t be left out! 

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