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The Inn at the Opera is located in the heart of the Performing Arts District and Civic Center, just five minutes to downtown and Union Square. The Opera House is just outside your door, and the sights and sounds of San Francisco are all within close reach.

From the San Francisco ballet to touring Broadway productions, performing arts enthusiasts will find the world's finest at Davies Symphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House, and other recognized performance houses offering over 240 live performances per year.

2012 - 2013 Season

For additional details on performance dates and times, please visit www.sfopera.com.

Rigoletto

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 Željko Lučić, "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" (Opera News). 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 former Adler Fellow David Lomelí, a "breakout star with a honeyed sound" (The New Yorker).

Run Dates: September 7 - September 30, 2012


The Capulets and the Montagues

The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired some of Shakespeare's finest verse—and some of Bellini's most beautiful melodies. "An opera of definite dramatic appeal" (The New York Times) awash in "music of extraordinary grace" (All Music Guide), this bel canto masterpiece features international stars Joyce DiDonato, a singer of "glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent," and Nicole Cabell, who "wields her radiant lyric soprano like a silken lasso" (The New York Times). Costumes are by world-renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix; set designer Vincent Lemaire has created "dramatically powerful visual statements" (Opera Today) for the production; director Vincent Boussard "effectively underscores the claustrophobic, helpless situation of both lovers" (Opera News). Riccardo Frizza, praised by The New Yorker for his "crisp and idiomatic conducting," leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Run Dates: September 29 - October 19, 2012


Moby Dick

"Achingly beautiful, magnificently sung and gorgeously staged...the audience responded with an eight-minute standing ovation" (Associated Press). Composer Jake Heggie, in his "finest creation since Dead Man Walking," and librettist Gene Scheer adapt Herman Melville's meditation on man and the sea into "a vibrant, compelling piece of musical theater" (San Francisco Chronicle). A cast of brilliant singing actors is led by Ben Heppner as the fierce, obsessive whaling-boat captain whose descent into madness puts his crew in mortal danger. "It would be difficult to imagine a performer better suited to convey Ahab's complex mix of demoniac compulsion and fleeting heroism," raved The New York Times, which also praised Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers' "lyrical flow and suitably stormy climaxes."

Run Dates: October 10 - November 2, 2012


Lohengrin

The prayers of a desperate woman are answered in the form of a noble warrior in Wagner's most accessible opera, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor" (San Francisco Chronicle) who was an electrifying Siegmund in Die Walküre (2011). As his doubt-plagued bride, soprano Camilla Nylund "evokes an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone). Daniel Slater's "thoughtful and tasteful" production (Associated Press) also features veteran Wagnerians Kristinn Sigmundsson, Gerd Grochowski and Petra Lang. Nicola Luisotti conducts his first Wagner opera for San Francisco Opera.

Run Dates: October 20 - November 9, 2012


Tosca

Puccini's masterful melodrama is a sexually charged, edge-of-your-seat thriller, in which a great singer, a rebellious painter and a corrupt police chief engage in a deadly test of wills. Music director Nicola Luisotti, "one of his generation's most accomplished Puccini conductors" (Opera News), leads two astonishing casts.

One stars Angela Gheorghiu, "in a part she seems to have been born to play" (Opera Today) and "who, like Tosca, is a born diva" (The Independent, London); Massimo Giordano, praised by The New York Times for his "ardent, expressive singing;" and veteran baritone Roberto Frontali, who brought "vocal brass and weight" (The Dallas Morning News) to San Francisco Opera's The Girl of the Golden West (2010).

The next cast stars Patricia Racette, who "tapped into Tosca's combination of regal and all-too-human traits and backed up her vibrant characterization with singing of considerable expressive fire" (Opera News); tenor Brian Jagde, lauded for his "beautiful singing, now nuanced, now ringing and forceful" (Washington Post); and Mark Delavan (Wotan in the Ring cycle, 2011), a singer of "ferocious power" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Run Dates: November 15 - December 2, 2012


The Tales of Hoffmann

A sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in this marvelously melodic masterpiece. The always-astonishing Natalie Dessay, who gave "a precise, luminous and impeccably controlled performance" (San Francisco Chronicle) in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor (2008), portrays the four very different women who capture Hoffmann's heart. Tenor Matthew Polenzani, who "has long been admired for the refinement and expressivity of his singing" (The New York Times), sings the title role; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, "unforgettable" and "brilliant" (Financial Times) in San Francisco Opera's Werther (2010), is Nicklausse, The Muse; charismatic bass-baritone Christian Van Horn performs the villains who thwart Hoffmann's desires. Laurent Pelly (The Daughter of the Regiment, 2009) directs a new production of this richly imaginative, psychologically astute gem.

Run Dates: June 5 - July 6, 2013


Così Fan Tutte

Two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their lovers' fidelity in this Mozart masterpiece, a sublime and sometimes startling mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama. John Cox's production, which sets the action in Monte Carlo in 1915, makes for "deliciously vivid theater" (Dallas Morning News). The immensely talented young cast includes Ellie Dehn, "a charismatic soprano with great stage presence" (Wall Street Journal) who sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (2011) and Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (2010); Heidi Stober, who "brought lustrous tone, technical precision and saucy humor" (San Francisco Chronicle) to her role in Xerxes (2011); andFrancesco Demuro, "an artist not merely spectacular, but profound" (Seattle Times). Conducting will be music director Nicola Luisotti, "an inexhaustible, graceful conduit of music...always elegant, refined and precise" (Opera News).

Run Dates: June 5 - July 6, 2013


The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

She has long been condemned as a harlot, or dismissed as a minor player in a well-known sacred narrative, but ancient manuscripts discovered in recent decades tell a very different story, giving us a striking new viewpoint on Jesus' message to humanity. Mary Magdalene takes her rightful, and righteous, place at the center of the story in this world premiere by Mark Adamo, a "brilliant theater composer" (The New Yorker) whose Little Women is the most frequently performed new opera of the past 20 years.Kevin Newbury, lauded for his "imagination and emotional nuance" (The New York Times), directs a resplendent cast that includes Sasha CookeWilliam Burden andMaria KanyovaNathan Gunn, who possesses "a voice of stunning authority" (The New York Times), sings the role of Yeshua. Michael Christie, in his San Francisco Opera debut, conducts.

Run Dates: June 19 - July 7, 2013