Venue Details

War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
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3.8 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Elina Haley
72 events 37 reviews

As much as I love Mozart, this opera was very boring. Same note sequence over and over again. Nothing exciting. Some scenes were funny, but in general it was very naive and slow.

reviewed Oct 17 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Oakland_Scott
33 events 13 reviews

Good performances. Especially liked the two supporting characters. Was taken back by the spoken English, but got used to it.

reviewed Oct 23 2009 report as inappropriate
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An adventure comedy set in an exotic locale, featuring a daring escape, a comedic clash of cultures and a couple of savvy, strong-willed women. The latest Hollywood blockbuster? Actually, it was the operatic hit of 1782. A Spanish nobleman sets out to rescue his beloved from the clutches of a tenacious Turk in this wonderfully witty tale, set to Mozart’s sparkling and exuberant score.

An enchanting new production features a world-class cast led by soprano Mary Dunleavy, the remarkable Gilda in San Francisco Opera’s Rigoletto (2006), and Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Polenzani, who possesses a “dulcet lyric voice ideally suited to Mozart,” according to The New York Times.

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