Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, from San Francisco Opera
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The last date listed for Abduction from the Seraglio was Friday October 23, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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A most enjoyable evening. The voices were magnificent and the costumes and scenery were superb. Goldstar seats were the last two seats on a side aisle in the orchestra, but in the SF Opera House we still had a pretty good view of the stage.
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.
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 nine 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.