SFOpera - 12 Ways Opera is like Star Wars

12 Ways Opera is like Star Wars

Star Wars...is an opera?! It's THE ultimate space opera! In honor of Star Wars Day, San Francisco Opera presents 12 ways Opera is like Star Wars:

1)  Sometimes the forces of love bring the most unlikely pair together...

Marco Berti (Calaf) finally wins the love of Iréne Theorin (Turandot) in our 2011 production of Turandot. [Photo by Cory Weaver]

2) Which may result in an unblessed marriage.

Deborah Longwith (Juliette) finally in the arms of William Pell (Romeo) in our 1981 production of Roméo et Juliette. [Photo by Ron Scherl]

3) Although there are those who only see the darker ways of life. 

Mark Delavan as Scarpia, the most dark hearted character in opera, from our 2014 production of Tosca. [Photo by Cory Weaver]

4) There are those who always try to find the lighter ways of life.

Efrain Solis as the comical Dandini in our 2014 production of La Cenerentola. [Photo by Cory Weaver]

5) Or beautiful blue women from other worlds.

Laura Aikin (The Angel) watching over Willard White (Saint Francis) in our 2002 production of Saint François d'Assise. [Photo by Ken Friedman]

6) When going on an adventure, always have a reliable sidekick.

Gino Quilico (Don Giovanni) and his trusty sidekick, Lucio Gallo (Leporello) in our 1991 production of Don Giovanni. [Photo by Marty Sohl]

7) Every family has some family drama, right?

The relatives react to the reading of Buoso Donati's actual will in our 2009 production of Gianni Schicchi. [Photo by Cory Weaver]

8) Some people have some serious Daddy issues.

Robert Lloyd (Philippe II) marries his son's lover in our 1986 production of Don Carlo. [Photo by Robert Cahen]

9) Or don’t know who their father is at all.

Catherine Cook (Marcellina) listens while John Del Carlo (Dr. Bartolo) explains some unexpected facts to Luca Pisaroni (Figaro) in our 2010 production of Le Nozze di Figaro. [Photo by Cory Weaver]

10)  Occasionally, family members kill one another.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna) challenges Marco Berti (Manrico) to a duel over the beautiful Leonora in our 2009 production of Il Trovatore. [Photo by Cory Weaver]

11) People are also forced into deep sleeps against their will.

Surrounding Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) by fire, Mark Delavan (Wotan) takes leave of his favorite daughter in our 2011 production of Die Walküre. [Photo by Cory Weaver]

12) But most importantly, the bad guy can always turn out to be a good guy.

Dwayne Croft (Giorgio Germont) finally accepts his son, Alfredo (Charles Castronovo), and Violetta (Anna Netrebko) as lovers in our 2009 production of La Traviata. [Photo by Terrence McCarthy]

Happy Star Wars Day!!

Don Carlo, The Guy