Antony and Cleopatra


By John Adams
September 10, 15, 18, 23, 27; October 2, 5, 2022



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.

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

Sung in English with English supertitles



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Approximately 3 hours including one intermission

Why You Should 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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OperaVision: September 10, 15, 18
Livestream: September 18

The Taube Media Suite is made possible in part, by Dianne and Tad Taube and John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn.

The Buzz

Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.

"John Adams... [is] a shining light in classical music."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"Her grace, her stage play and her charisma are dazzling: The soprano [Amina Edris] approaches each emotional state of her character with an incredible intensity."
-Forum Opéra

"[Gerald] Finley... sings with the mellow baritone of a man about to stride into legend." –New York Magazine


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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Cast and Creative

Cleopatra Amina Edris
Antony Gerald Finley
Caesar Paul Appleby
Enobarbus Alfred Walker
Octavia Elizabeth DeShong
Charmian Taylor Raven *
Eros Brenton Ryan


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

Conductor Eun Sun Kim
Director Elkhanah Pulitzer
Set Designer Mimi Lien *
Costume Designer Constance Hoffman
Lighting Designer David Finn
Projection Designer Bill Morrison *
Sound Designer Mark Grey
Dramaturg Lucia Scheckner *
Chorus Director John Keene
Choreographer/Dance Master Colm Seery
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Co-commissioned and co-produced with
the Liceu Opera Barcelona, the Teatro Massimo Palermo,
and the Metropolitan Opera New York

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; Bertie Bialek Elliott; Bob Ellis; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; and the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Productions.

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

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