10 February 2015
San Francisco Opera: Summer Operas on Sale
San Francisco Opera is currently offering a 30% discount on its three summer operas (summer in this case being mostly June and into the first days of July).
The big item here is Berlioz's epic Les Troyens, in David McVicar's production, conducted by Donald Runnicles, starring Anna Caterina Antonacci (or Daveda Karanas, depending on the date), Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, Sasha Cooke, Brian Mulligan, Christian Van Horn, and René Barera. There is also the world premiere of Two Women with music by Marco Tutino, based on the Moravia novel (also the basis for the film starring Sophia Loren). That's directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Nicola Luisotti and stars Anna Caterina Antonacci, Sarah Shafer, Stephen Costello, and Mark Delavan. There's also a revival of Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Patrick Summers, with an excellent cast including Philippe Sly, Lisette Oropesa, Nadine Sierra, Kate Lindsey/Angela Brower, and Luca Pisaroni. It's one of my long-time favorite operas but I've seen this production a couple of times and I hate it, so . . . I don't know about that one.
Anyway: the sale ends 2 March. You can order on-line by going to sfoperacom/offer and entering code SUM15. You then select your performance and your seat. You may also call the box office during business hours at 415-864-3330. You'll probably need to give them the SUM15 code.
Not every performance is on sale but it looks as if most of them are. You get half an hour to complete your purchase once you've put the first ticket in the cart, which is certainly more reasonable than some places (hello, Yerba Buena Center!) that only give you ten minutes. But even with half an hour you may want to scope out available performances and seats first.