Handel's Rodelinda from SF Opera
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The last date listed for Rodelinda was Saturday October 8, 2005 / 8:00pm.
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by George Frideric Handel
Exuberance and refinement define the sound. Handel calls for singing that is tonally pure, but also unnervingly acrobatic and improvisational. The effect is immediate, captivating and fresh.
Inspired by 1940s American cinema, this cool, seductive production is living film noir, a vintage murder mystery brought to life. You’ll find yourself in an atmosphere of corruption, vengeance and mourning, on the naked streets and behind the rear windows of a city with few rules.
Rodelinda’s husband, the King, has been kidnapped and is presumed dead. His usurper aspires to take the throne and possess Rodelinda, using her son as a pawn. Torn between loneliness and faithfulness, Rodelinda must struggle to remain true to her heart.
About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Opera
A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953). Merola and his successor as general director, Kurt Herbert Adler, established a formidable institution heralded for its first-rate productions and roster of international opera stars. The landmark War Memorial Opera House has been the Company’s home since October 15, 1932.
After Adler’s tenure, the Company was led by Terence A. McEwen (1982–1988), Lotfi Mansouri (1988–2001), and Pamela Rosenberg (2001–2005). In January 2006 David Gockley became the Opera’s sixth general director after more than 30 years at the helm of Houston Grand Opera. That May, Gockley took opera to the center of the community with a free outdoor simulcast of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Subsequent simulcasts, including seven at AT&T Park, have collectively drawn nearly 200,000 opera fans. Created in 2007 the Koret-Taube Media Suite has enabled the Company to produce simulcasts and other projects including OperaVision (screens providing HD close-up shots for patrons in balcony seats), the Grand Opera Cinema Series in theaters and performing arts centers, an annual series of KQED telecasts, and releases of DVDs and Blu-Rays of recent performances. Regular San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts returned to national and international airwaves in 2007.
Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti, one of the opera world’s most exciting conductors, has been music director since the fall of 2009.