San Francisco Opera in Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West
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The last date listed for San Francisco Opera: The Girl of the Golden West was Friday July 2, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Marie-Aude
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It lasted 3 hours, but seemed much shorter. Good cast, nice sets, the result is really enjoyable.
The seats were a bit far away, I had to by opera glasses after the 1st act because we were so far I couldn't see the expressions on the singer's face. If you have some at home, don't forget to bring them.
Quotes & Highlights
See video excerpts from the opera at the SF Opera website.
A crafty criminal. A suspicious sheriff. A frontier woman with a tender heart who knows how to shoot a gun. If they sound like characters from a classic Western, they are—except their gunfights and poker games are set to a brilliant, blazing score. A love triangle set during the California Gold Rush, the work Puccini considered “the best of my operas,” returns home for the first time in three decades in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Nicola Luisotti conducts a rip-snortin’ cast led by Deborah Voigt, “a soprano of penetrating power and clarity” (The New York Times), and Salvatore Licitra, “a tenor at the top of his form” (San Francisco Chronicle).
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.