Antony and Cleopatra

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Antony and Cleopatra


By John Adams



September 10–October 5, 2022


John Adams


Starting at $26

Run Time

2 hours, 56 minutes including one intermission


Sung in English with English supertitles


John Adams

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

"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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* San Francisco Opera Debut

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

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

Hear The Music

Get a sense of John Adam's music from two of his previous operas, 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

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; 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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