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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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depending on events around civic center, traffic and parking can be really difficult, so give yourself plenty of time to find parking and bring some cash, because if there is only limited parking all garages will accept cash only!
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Corridor at 100 Van Ness, casual and fast with great food and service
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Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
6 ratings
3.7 average rating
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109 events
39 reviews
28 stars
attended Jun 18 2009

No supertitles.
No libretto in program.
Production did not work.
As always, worst auditorium in the world.

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132 events
13 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 18 2009

Absolutely delightful! Great energy, great music, adorable little ballerina fairies.

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11 events
6 reviews
2 stars
attended Jun 18 2009

It exceeded our expectations. The costumes,voices,acting and dance were wonderful. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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George Manahan, conductor

Joélle Harvey, Leila – soprano

Sally Matthews, Phyllis – soprano

Joyce Castle, Queen of the Fairies – mezzo-soprano

Sasha Cooke, Iolanthe – mezzo-soprano

Ginger Costa-Jackson, Celia – mezzo-soprano

Katherine Lerner, Fleta – mezzo-soprano

Alfie Boe, Thomas, Earl of Tolloller – tenor

Richard Suart, Lord Chancellor – baritone

Lucas Meachem, Strephon – baritone

Paul Whelan, George, Earl of Montararat – baritone

Robert Lloyd, Private Willis – bass

Directed by Patricia Birch

San Francisco Symphony Chorus

George Manahan of New York City Opera leads the San Francisco Symphony and guest performers in a whimsical semi-staged production of Iolanthe. This 1883 satiric operetta savages a peerage that values birth over merit while entertaining with a love story of shepherds and shepherdesses, bluebloods and fairies. Along with bubbling music, we’re treated to jokes about deadwood politicians and gender battles.

Meet Richard Suart for an exclusive signing of his book, They’d none of ‘em be missed, immediately following the concert at the Symphony Store in the lobby.