San Francisco Opera's 99th Season Continues at the War Memorial Opera House, June 4–July 3

Release date: 2/7/2022


 Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy Concludes with New Production of Don Giovanni, Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang's Dream of the Red Chamber Returns and All-Verdi Concert Led by Music Director Eun Sun Kim


Tenor Konu Kim Will Make Company Debut as Bao Yu in Dream of the Red Chamber, Replacing Yijie Shi

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San Francisco Opera’s 99th Season continues June 4–July 3 at the War Memorial Opera House. The 2022 Summer Season includes a new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni; a return engagement of Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s Dream of the Red Chamber; and Caroline H. Hume Music Director Eun Sun Kim leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and soloists in a one-night-only concert featuring the music of Giuseppe Verdi.

In a casting update, tenor Konu Kim will make his Company and role debuts as Bao Yu in Dream of the Red Chamber, replacing Yijie Shi who has withdrawn for personal reasons. Kim hails from South Korea and is a recent graduate of the young artist program at London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He has emerged on the international stage with performances at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo and the Glyndebourne Festival. With Glyndebourne in 2021, Kim portrayed Ferrando in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Così fan tutte and was Ernesto in Don Pasquale at Glyndebourne and on tour throughout England. Kim made his acclaimed debut at the 2019 Donizetti Festival as Leone de Casaldi in the premiere of an early version of the composer’s La Favorita titled L’Ange de Nisida. OperaWire praised the tenor’s performance in the Bergamo production as “revelatory … this is a tenor to look out for.”

Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI (June 4–July 2, 2022)

San Francisco Opera’s summer season begins with the third and final chapter of the Company’s multi-year staging of the operatic collaborations by Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. The Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy, directed by Michael Cavanagh and featuring sets and projections by Erhard Rom, costumes by Constance Hoffman and lighting by Jane Cox, sets the duo’s three stage works in an American house across a 300-year span.

The trilogy launched in 2019 with the popular and critically praised production of The Marriage of Figaro set in colonial times just as the American manor house is completed. Così fan tutte continued the narrative arc last fall with Cavanagh’s “richly inventive touch” (San Francisco Chronicle) featuring the house at its zenith and converted into a posh, 1930s country club where Mozart and Da Ponte’s characters face consequential decisions at a moral crossroads.

This summer, Cavanagh and his collaborators conclude the trilogy in their new staging of Don Giovanni, which sets the opera in a post-apocalyptic future where the house is in ruins. Mozart’s immortal score, filled with propulsive energy, wit, humor and some of the composer’s greatest melodic creations, will be conducted by internationally heralded conductor Bertrand de Billy in his Company debut. San Francisco Opera’s new Chorus Director, John Keene, prepares the artists of the Chorus for his first series of performances since joining the Company last month.

Canadian baritone Etienne Dupuis and Romanian soprano Adela Zaharia both make highly anticipated debuts with the Company as Don Giovanni and Donna Anna, respectively. Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni adds his celebrated portrayal of Leporello to his Mozartian credits with San Francisco Opera, while soprano Carmen Giannattasio, who made a sensational debut as Tosca in 2018, returns as Donna Elvira.

Samoan-born tenor and former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Amitai Pati is Don Ottavio, soprano Christina Gansch is Zerlina and former Merola Opera Program participant and bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum is Masetto. Bass Soloman Howard, who appeared earlier this season with San Francisco Opera in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Puccini’s Tosca, including getting engaged on the War Memorial Opera House stage after a performance of Tosca, will portray the Commendatore.

Sheng and Hwang’s DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER (June 14–July 3, 2022)

This summer, audiences get another chance to experience Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s Dream of the Red Chamber, which was sold out in its 2016 world premiere run in San Francisco. The work, which was commissioned by San Francisco Opera and has since toured China and Hong Kong, garnered international acclaim for its musical retelling of Cao Xueqin’s 18th-century novel, one of China’s greatest literary masterworks.

Taking on the roles of Bao Yu and Dai Yu, the spiritual soulmates at the center of Sheng’s richly melodic opera, are South Korean tenor Konu Kim and Chinese soprano Meigui Zhang in their Company debuts. As a 2018 Merola Opera Program participant, Zhang appeared in The Rake’s Progress for which the San Francisco Chronicle observed, “The evening’s true star … was soprano Meigui Zhang, who brought both tonal bloom and alert precision to the role of Anne Truelove.” Chinese mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu will make her San Francisco Opera debut as the beautiful and wealthy Bao Chai who is to marry Bao Yu, creating a love triangle that threatens the illustrious Jia family.

Soprano Karen Chia-ling Ho and mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim, who both appeared in the world premiere cast, reprise their roles as Princess Jia and Lady Wang, respectively. Completing the vocal ensemble cast are mezzo-soprano Sabina Kim in her debut as Granny Jia and mezzo-soprano Guang Yang, who first appeared with San Francisco Opera in 2010 as Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, returns as Aunt Xue.

Singaporean maestro Darrell Ang makes his Company debut leading the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Stan Lai’s “magnificent production” designed by Academy Award-winner Tim Yip with lighting by Gary Marder that “bedecks the stage in vivid ornament while maintaining a suitably dreamlike atmosphere” (San Francisco Chronicle).


To conclude the Company’s summer season, Music Director Eun Sun Kim leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in an all-Giuseppe Verdi extravaganza. The evening will spotlight extended scenes from three of the composer’s masterpieces from different periods of his momentous career. Part I features Verdi’s early and middle periods with selections from Luisa Miller (1849) and Il Trovatore (1853). The concentration for Part II will be on Verdi’s late period masterwork Don Carlo (1867), including its dramatic Auto-da-fé scene and rarely performed ballet music.

Kim and San Francisco Opera’s assembled forces will be augmented on the stage by a group of outstanding soloists. Australian soprano Nicole Car, who has performed with the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera and was an acclaimed Elisabetta in Don Carlo at Berlin’s Deutsche Opera, makes her first appearance with the Company in this concert. Mexican tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz will perform the music of Verdian heroes Rodolfo, Manrico and Don Carlo on the program. Chacón-Cruz made his Company debut in 2012 as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and was most recently presented by San Francisco Opera in the digital portrait series In Song performing Spanish and Italian music and coaching youth at a Mariachi camp. Baritone Etienne Dupuis and bass Soloman Howard from the cast of Don Giovanni will also join the program.

A special celebration event honoring Eun Sun Kim will follow the concert. Information about tickets and other details will be announced..

*For the complete press release, including program details and calendar, please view the attached PDF.