Antony and Cleopatra

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Antony and Cleopatra

WORLD PREMIERE

By John Adams

Overview

Dates

September 10–October 5, 2022

Composer

John Adams

Price

Starting at $26

Run Time

3 hours, 17 minutes including one intermission

Language

Sung in English with English supertitles

Libretto

John Adams with consultation by Elkhanah Pulitzer and Lucia Scheckner

She was his queen. He was her downfall.

San Francisco Opera's 100th Season begins with John Adams' thrilling new opera, commissioned for the Company's centennial and conducted by Music Director Eun Sun Kim

Libretto by John Adams from Shakespeare with supplementary passages from Plutarch, Virgil and and other classical texts.  Libretto consultation by Elkhanah Pulitzer and Lucia Scheckner.

 

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Why See It

One of the 21st century’s greatest composers tackles the Shakespearean equivalent of a celebrity romance, set in a universe where ancient Egypt meets Old Hollywood.

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The Buzz

[Amina] Edris’ performance—tonally luxuriant, dramatically changeable, inspiring equal degrees of awe and pathos—rose to the challenge in every way.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“The cast is top-notch. Gerald Finley… as Antony offers a fine blend of fading nobility and lovesick weakness.”
-Financial Times

Eun Sun Kim’s conducting and constant cueing of the singers is splendid, especially in the big orchestral interludes where Adams’s music takes flight.”
-The Telegraph

Synopsis

A Roman general and an Egyptian queen embark on a torrid romance, one that will disrupt alliances, end marriages, and spark a pitiless war that gives rise to a new leader, Caesar.


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* San Francisco Opera Debut

PERFORMANCES
September 10, 15, 18, 23, 27; October 2, 5, 2022

Co-commissioned and co-produced with the Liceu Opera Barcelona and the Metropolitan Opera New York

Listen

Hear four selections from Antony and Cleopatra and musical selections from John Adams’ two previous opera Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic

“News, news, news”/James Maddalena as Nixon, Sanford Sylvan as Chou En-Lai; “Batter my heart”/Gerald Finley; “Am I in Your Light?”/Julia Bullock

Courtesy of Nonesuch Records

 

 



Antony and Cleopatra Pre-Opera Talk
by San Francisco Opera Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey.

Additional support provided by the Carol Franc Buck Foundation; the Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation; Bertie Bialek Elliott; Bob Ellis; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Productions.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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