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War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
415-864-3330
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Parking isn't too hard to find nor too expensive if you go to a night show. However matinee take public transit!
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"Rigoletto"
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7 reviews
1 stars
attended Sep 11 2012

Excellent performance for this tragic Italian opera. Great seats, especially with the 50% discount. Seats in this theater are a little tight. Like flying in coach. My first real opera. This opera is shorter than a lot of other ones, so that was...continued

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One of opera’s most vivid and compelling characters, a vengeful court jester, desperately tries to protect his daughter from disaster in this heart-wrenching tragedy. The first of two world-class casts led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti stars Zeljko Lucic, “whose vocal artistry is exceptional” (The New York Times_); Aleksandra Kurzak, “a superstar in the making” (_The Guardian, London); and, as the lecherous Duke, Francesco Demuro, “whose open, bright, superbly focused tone was reminiscent of Pavarotti” . The equally impressive next cast stars Marco Vratogna, who, as the sinister Iago in Otello (2009), thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences with his “vocal power and theatrical electricity” (San Francisco Chronicle_); Albina Shagimuratova, “a phenomenon that must be heard to be believed” (Opera News); and Merola Opera Program graduate Arturo Chacon-Cruz with his “clarion tone and piercingly clean top notes” (Washington Times).