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By John AdamsSeptember 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 and other classical texts. Libretto consultation by Elkhanah Pulitzer and Lucia Scheckner.
Sung in English with English supertitles
Approximately 3 hours including one intermission
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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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
"[Gerard] 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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September 10, 15, 18, 23, 27; October 2, 5, 2022
* San Francisco Opera Debut
Co-commissioned and co-produced withthe Liceu Opera Barcelona, the Teatro Massimo Palermo, and the Metropolitan Opera New York
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.
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