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War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
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In a brand new San Francisco Opera production, the set is a stage within a stage. The story, set in 15th century France, unfolds as a play viewed by modern-day spectators.

Having just finished his great ballet Swan Lake and his first operatic masterpiece Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky turned to the Joan of Arc legend just as he had come into his own. In ascendant and searing arias, including the celebrated “Adieu, forêts,” the spotlight shines on the title role.

Joan hears divine voices that tell her to lead France to victory over the English. She sweeps them out of Orleans and guides her king to a lavish coronation. However, she falls in love, betraying her vow of chastity. The voices return to condemn her disobedience and sentence her to death on earth. She is burned at the stake but welcomed into heaven by celestial choirs.

Dramatic mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick returns to the San Francisco Opera stage, where she made her debut, to claim the spotlight. Likened to the great voices of Birgit Nilsson and Marilyn Horne, and lauded by The New York Times as “a mezzo in a class by herself,” Zajick is an artist who redefines “memorable!”

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