Streaming the First Century

Session 1: Slavic Sensibilities

Explore Streaming the First Century, San Francisco Opera’s historic archival recording release

In the close community of standees I grew to know that year, "the Söderström and Jurinac Jenůfa " was already the stuff of you-should-have-heard-it legend. Wonderful now to hear why, in experiencing this broadcast fourth of a run of six performances.
David Shengold (on Jenůfa, 1980)

Very few operas successfully combine irony and pathos, but Shostakovich managed that remarkably in his Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.  As I relistened to the archival recording recently, over 40 years after first hearing the live performances during the 1981 Fall Season at San Francisco Opera, the importance of Shostakovich’s accomplishment struck me more profoundly than ever.
Kip Cranna (on Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1981)

Historic Audio Recordings

JENŮFA

COMPLETE RECORDING

JENŮFA, Leoš Janáček

LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK

COMPLETE RECORDING

LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, Dmitri Shostakovich

BORIS GODUNOV

EXCERPT RECORDING

BORIS GODUNOV, Modest Mussorgsky

LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK

EXCERPT RECORDING

THE MAKROPULOS CASE, Leoš Janáček

PIKOVAYA DAMA

EXCERPT RECORDING

PIKOVAYA DAMA, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

KHOVANSHCHINA

EXCERPT RECORDING

KHOVANSHCHINA, Modest Mussorgsky

STATEMENT REGARDING UKRAINE

San Francisco Opera condemns the abhorrent invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Our intention is always to present music that transcends boundaries and invites the community into a shared experience of humanity. We encourage people to read a program article that explores the perspectives on the intersection of Ukrainian and Russian operatic repertoire. We will be sharing additional resources as we approach opening night of Onegin.

Read program articles here.