Antony and Cleopatra
By John Adams
September 10–October 5, 2022
Starting at $26
3 hours, 17 minutes including one intermission
Sung in English with English supertitles
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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“[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.”
“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.”
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.
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.