Venue Details

285 Star Starred
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
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"Abduction from the Seraglio"
4 ratings
3.8 average rating
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70 events
35 reviews
4 stars
attended Oct 17 2009

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.

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33 events
13 reviews
4 stars
attended Oct 23 2009

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

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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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