SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- According to the history of the foundation of S.F. opera. the people in San Francisco have had a love affair with operas since the Gold Rush times. The city's records indicate, that between the years l851 and l906, San Franciscans attended around 5,000 opera performances given in the 26 different theaters in San Francisco.
In the year 1923, a young Neapolitan conductor by the name of Gaetano Merola (1881-1953) who had come to San Francisco in 1906 as an orchestra's director and directed the orchestras of the different operas visiting the city, one day concluded that if the city of San Francisco was generating enough money to pay the rents of all these theaters that it was renting for the touring operas, it meant that the city has the means to support its own Opera. The city agreed with him. It started it own opera, and even decided to build a home for its own Opera. The War Memorial Opers House at the Veterans Building has been the home of the San Francisco Opera since it opened on October 15, 1932.
This year, In celebration of its Centennial, the S.F. Opera will start celebrating with many events, beginning the celebration on Friday, September 9, with an spectacular concert which will include opera stars Nadine Sierra, Michael Fabiano, Lucas Meachem and Pene Pati, that will impress the audience with their vocal fireworks interpreting the arias and duets from classical Operas such as La Bohem, Turandot, and Don Carlo, as well as classic favorites under the baton of San Francisco Opera Music Director Eun Sun Kim.
The Centennial Celebration Concert running time will be of 1 hour and 30 minutes without and intermission. Tickets start at $30.00 and include a pre-performance complimentary glass of bubbly. You can also have the option to livestream the concert. The livestream tickets cost is $27.50. To purchase or learn learn more about the concert, please visit sfopera.com.
And on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10 at 7:30 will be THE WORLD PREMIER OF COMPOSER JOHN ADAMS ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Tickets are available at sfopera.com and by phone at 415 864-3330