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Lots of updates this week.

1,  The José Cura Cav/Pag production seen in both Liège and Buenos Aires is coming to the San Francisco opera.  Sadly, Maestro Cura will be be able to oversee the production, since he will be hard at work in Tallin on his production of Fanciulla (he's also conducting).

2.  More goodies from Warsaw:  Polish TV made the first half of the concert available on the internet and Maestro Cura, cold and all, was absolutely brilliant.  We posted video extracts on Facebook, so check that out if you get a chance.

3.  We continue our review of Andrea Chénier from Teatro Colón.  It was a series of wonderful performances by José Cura and his fellow Argentineans.  Perhaps they will produce a DVD some time in the future, since they live-streamed it.

 

 


Announcing a José Cura Production Revival:  San Francisco's Cav and Pag

 

 

 

General Director Matthew Shilvock Announces 2018-19 Season Repertory and Casting Featuring Eight Productions New to the War Memorial Opera House Stage  

 Release date: 1/17/2018

 Company's 96th Season Opens September 7 with Opera Ball 2018 and Double-Bill of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci with Lianna Haroutounian, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Roberto Aronica, Marco Berti, Dimitri Platanias in Staging by José Cura

 

2018 FALL SEASON

 Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (September 7–30)

The 2018–19 Season opens with two one-act operas, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci; a pair of Italian tragedies long matched for their similar stories of torrid, small-town love affairs, powerful music and dramatic onstage action. Cavalleria Rusticana, often translated as “Rustic Chivalry,” centers on the abandoned Santuzza and her errant lover, Turiddu, who meets his fate in a duel of honor. Pagliacci, or “Clowns,” follows a group of traveling players whose theatrics are shattered by the jealous passions in their off-stage lives. Famed Argentinian tenor José Cura, known for his intense portrayals of the leading tenor roles in both works, has emerged in recent years as a director, designer and conductor. His production of the verismo double-bill, originally staged by Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège and later at the Teatro Colón, sets both operas in the La Boca district of Buenos Aires, a historically Italian barrio known for its colorful row houses and tango performances.

Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, whom the Mercury News called “simply riveting” as Amneris in San Francisco Opera’s production of Verdi’s Aida, sings the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. The Financial Times praised her recent portrayal at the Metropolitan Opera as “an astonishing role debut, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Santuzza carries the weight of her distress with an elegant, refined voice, singing ‘Voi lo sapete’ and the ‘Easter Hymn’ with tenderness.” Turiddu will be sung by Italian tenor Roberto Aronica, known for his “big vibrant tenor with plenty of ringing on the high notes, plus a burly, masculine stage presence” (London Observer).  Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, whose portrayal of the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden was praised by The Guardian as “imposing on stage, handsome of voice, and deeply touching in his duets,” makes his United States debut as both Alfio in Cav and Tonio in Pag.

Pagliacci features tenor Marco Berti as Canio, the betrayed husband who sings the famous aria “Vesti la giubba” while applying his clown make-up. Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian, who thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences in recent seasons as Puccini’s Tosca and Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly—“a Butterfly for the ages” declared the Mercury News—returns as Nedda. Baritone David Pershall portrays Nedda’s lover, Silvio.

Italian conductor Daniele Callegari has led some of the world’s greatest symphonic and opera house orchestras and has an extensive catalog of recordings. The renowned conductor makes his Company debut leading the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Argentinian director Jose Maria Condemi guides Cura’s production in revival. 

 

 

 

 

 

  Fri 09/07

8:00PM

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

War Memorial Opera House

  Wed 09/12

7:30PM  

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

War Memorial Opera House

  Sun 09/16

2:00PM  

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

War Memorial Opera House

  Wed 09/19

7:30PM  

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

War Memorial Opera House

  Sat 09/22

7:30PM

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

War Memorial Opera House

  Fri 09/28

7:30PM

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

War Memorial Opera House

  Sun 09/30

2:00PM

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

War Memorial Opera House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associated Events with Opening Night (Season Opening)

 

 

OPERA BALL 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

 Opera Ball 2018, San Francisco Opera Guild’s benefit gala celebrating the opening of the San Francisco Opera season, is co-chaired by Shannon Cronan and Kathy Huber. Pre-performance cocktails and dinner are followed by a gala performance of the double bill Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci. Dancing and further celebration follows the opera.

 

 

 

 BRAVO! CLUB OPENING NIGHT GALA

Friday, September 7, 2018

The BRAVO! CLUB’s annual black-tie gala will celebrate the opening of San Francisco Opera’s 96th Season with pre-performance cocktails and late night dancing following the opening night performance of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci. The gala is hosted by event co-chairs Xanadu Bruggers, Shannon Eliot and Anjali Menon. A group for opera-loving professionals ages 21–40, BRAVO! CLUB members enjoy ticket discounts throughout the year, as well as educational and social events.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Andrea Chénier - Act II 

 

Andrea Chénier, 2017, BA: “José Cura had a strong stage presence…Cura is a very good tenor, with a great handling of his vocal resources, with a solid stage presence and also with a tendency to grandiloquence.  Perhaps by the sum of these qualities, he captured and seduced both the audience and Maddalena in how he sang "Un di all'azzurro spazio."  La Nacion, 8 December 2017, Pablo Kohan

 

Andrea Chénier, 2017, BA:  “The opera asks for good voices, and here it is, starting with José Cura in the leading role. Cura is intense and epic, even in some love duets, and he is definitely not a precious singer but his line is always firm and convincing and his personality radiates extraordinary strength. After the enthusiastic applause, the entire audience intoned Happy Birthday; José Cura turned 55 that same Tuesday, thanking the gesture with his hands to his heart and visibly moved.” Clarin, 5 December 2017, Federico Monjeau

 

 

 

Click on the photo below to watch a short PR video about Andrea Chénier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Calendar 2018

 

Month

Dates

Work

Theater

City

January

1

Concert:  New Year

 

Warsaw

February

20, 23, 25, 28

Peter Grimes

Oper de Montecarlo

Monte Carlo

 March

15, 17

Pagliacci

Royal Opera House Muscat

 Oman

 March

21, 22

Concert: Debussy / Ravel

Smetana Hall Municipal House

Prague

May

13

Recital:  Argentinean Songs

Semperoper

Dresden

June

 13, 14

Concert:  Aregntinean Songs/ Karlowicz 7th Symphony

Smetana Hall Municipal House

Prague

June

28, 29

Nabucco / Set Design / Stage Director

Prague National Theater

Prague

 July

7

Concert:  Singer / Conductor (Open Air)

Rychenbergpark

 Winterthur

July

11

Concert

Music Pavillion

Zagreb

September

7, 12, 16, 19, 22, 28, 30

Cav / Pag -- José Cura Production (Liège)

War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco

September

21, 23

Fanciulla del west / Set Design, Stage Direction, Conductor

Tallinn Opera House

Tallinn

October

7

Concert:  Argentinean Songs / Dvorak 9th Symphony

Stadthaus

Künzelsau

October

13

Recital:  Argentinean Songs

Stadthaus

Winterthur

 

Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Cura on Wikipedia!

 

Want to know more about José Cura?  Check out his Wikipedia page (click on the photo and find out such neat things as.....

  • Full name:  José Luis Victor Cura Gómez
  • First starring role:  Bibalo's Signorina Julia, Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste, Italy, 1993
     
  • First performance in US:  Giordano's Fedora, Chicago Lyric, USA, 1994

 

 

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Last Updated:  Sunday, January 21, 2018  © Copyright: Kira