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“A marvelous account… magnificently sung, alluring to the eye and staged with intelligence and flair.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Both sweetly funny and touchingly poignant.” —Contra Costa Times


In 1790 Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte broke tradition by writing an opera based not on theater or literature but on a rumored tale of love, jealousy, human weakness and forgiveness.

Don Alfonso tells his young friends that, like all women, their fiancees can’t be faithful. In an attempt to test the lovely ladies’ fidelity, the gentlemen pretend to be shipped off to war, then return in disguise. The women fall in love-but not with the right partners!

This charming production, by designer Robert Perdziola and director John Cox, hailing from Monte Carlo, brings the world of the passionate young lovers to life.

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.