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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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98 events
40 reviews
10 stars
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10 reviews
9 stars
BART is great but walking past the homeless was not.
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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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129 events
13 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 18 2009

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

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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas present more than 220 concerts each year from September through July in a variety of genres, with SFS musicians performing classical concerts, holiday favorites, summer pops events, free outdoor concerts, special series for families and children, plus presentations of visiting guest artists and orchestras from around the globe. The San Francisco Symphony also takes its unique style to audiences world-wide, touring nationally and internationally every year. The SFS is currently recording all the Mahler symphonies on its own media label and has recently launched Keeping Score, a national, multi-year, multi-media project bringing classical music to millions of Americans via TV, radio, the Internet and more.