Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Opera Preview

(image from the San Francisco Opera website)

Each Thursday at noon throughout the month of August the Art, Music and Recreation Center with the Audiovisual Center will present a series of large screen video presentations of operas. These are abridged screenings of works that will be performed during the upcoming San Francisco Opera Season.

August 7, 2008 - Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi. A 2002 production from Wiener Staatsoper, with Thomas Hampson as Simon Boccanegra, Cristina Gallardo-Domas as Maria Grimaldi and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Fiesco. Daniele Gatti conducts.

August 14, 2008 - Die Tote Stadt by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. A 2001 production from the Opera National Du Rhin, with Torsten Kerl as Paul, Angela Doneke as Marietta/Marie. Jan Latham-Koenig conducts.

August 21, 2008 - Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart. A 2006 production from the Salzburger Festspiele, with Ramon Vargas as Idomeneo, Magda Kozena as Idamante, Ekaterina Siurina as Ilia and Anja Harteros as Electra. Sir Roger Norrington conducts.

August 28, 2008 - Boris Godunov by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky. A Royal Opera House production from the Mariinsky Theatre, with Robert Lloyd as Boris Godunov, Alexei Steblianko as Dimitri and Olga Borodina as Marina. Valery Gergiev conducts.

The videos will be shown at the Koret Auditorium in the Lower Level of the Library. All programs at the Library are free.

These programs are supported by the Friends of the Public Library.

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