Backstage with Matthew: Magic Flute Design
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On May 30th we open the summer season with Mozart's hero quest opera, brought to life with exquisite joy and vitality under the baton of our Music Director, Eun Sun Kim. Its journey through a fantastical world gives unique opportunities for designers and, as such, it has become fertile ground for the likes of David Hockney, Marc Chagall, Zandra Rhodes, and Maurice Sendak ..read more
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Inside Innocence: An Interview with Aleksi Barrière
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Looking Back at Important Premieres and Commissions at San Francisco Opera
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Backstage with Matthew: Anticipating Innocence
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2M ago
In just under two months, we will raise the curtain on San Francisco Opera’s newest co-commission, Kaija Saariaho’s . I can say without exaggeration that this is one of the most deeply impactful works I have ever seen on the stage, and I am so proud that it will have its highly anticipated American premiere in San Francisco. The hails it as a “masterpiece” and with good reason: it takes us deep into emotional complexity in a way that pulls us in, takes hold of us, and leaves us changed. As we prepare to bring this extraordinary work to the stage, I wanted to share with you some of my personal ..read more
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Backstage with Matthew: Unveiling a new season
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3M ago
I hope that you’ve had a chance to explore the 2024-25 season and I encourage you to watch my video introduction which gives an overview of the productions and casts, as well as explains the change in the number of offerings next season ..read more
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Backstage with Matthew: Text as Design: The Visual Narrative of Omar
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7M ago
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Backstage with Matthew: The Creative Journey of Lohengrin
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8M ago
On October 15 we open Wagner’s , an epic fairytale of a Knight of the Holy Grail rescuing—and marrying—a persecuted woman, but ultimately having to return to the Realm of the Grail when his new wife asks the forbidden question: his name. It is a magnificent work with which we begin a journey into Wagner’s operas with Music Director Eun Sun Kim, building towards the return of the ..read more
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Backstage with Matthew: Kay Stern
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9M ago
In a symphony orchestra, each concert begins with the audience welcoming onstage the Concertmaster, prior to the conductor’s entrance. In an opera house, the Concertmaster is in their seat before the production begins, and we the audience don’t have a chance to see them or applaud them for their leadership ..read more
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Emerging Stars Competition returns after a 3-year hiatus!
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1y ago
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Backstage with Matthew: Dressing Frida
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1y ago
When it comes to immediately identifiable clothing, there are few more iconic women in the world than Frida Kahlo. Her style, her imagery, her artistry have become ubiquitous from the most revered art museums to the smallest tourist stores in Mexico. So how do you go about representing the costumed world of Frida on stage? On June 13 we open El último sueño de Frida y Diego The Last Dream of Frida and Diego ), and I cannot wait to share with you the sumptuous, beautiful, emotive worlds of the living and the dead that will come to life in this opera by Bay Area composer Gabriela Lena Frank and ..read more
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