Tonight San Francisco Opera (SFO) will be presenting the final performance of its new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. These performances were staged by Michael Cavanagh and designed by Erhard Rom. The SFO Orchestra has been conducted by Nicola Luisotti.
Readers may recall that American soprano and Adler alumna Nadine Sierra changed her plans to perform the leading role in this opera when German soprano Diana Damrau withdrew. Unfortunately, due to illness Sierra will not be able to perform tonight. She will be replaced by Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, whom readers may also recall had been prevented by illness from singing the role of the Queen of the Night in this past Sunday’s performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s K. 620 The Magic Flute. (Personal observation: I can attest to the fact that something is definitely going around in this town. It got to me in the middle of last night, leaving me capable of little more than typing today!) Shagimuratova has recovered sufficiently to return also to her previously scheduled Mozart performances for the remainder of that opera’s run between now and November 8. Shagimuratova should prove to be an excellent choice for tonight, since she has sung the role to great success at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Bolshoi Theatre, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Los Angeles Opera. She is also preparing to give a concert performance of the opera later this season at the Mariinsky Theater with Valery Gergiev conducting. Tonight she will be joined by the other members of the Lucia di Lammermoor cast, including tenor Piotr Beczała as Lucia’s lover Edgardo, baritone Brian Mulligan as her brother Enrico, and bass Nicolas Testé as her Calvinist chaplain Raimondo.
Tonight’s performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Opera House (301 Van Ness Avenue at the northwest corner of Grove Street). Further information may be found at the event page of this production on the SFO Web site. Tickets are priced from $26 to $381 (subject to change) and may be purchased through that same event page. Tickets may be purchased at the SFO Box Office in the outer lobby of the War Memorial Opera House or by calling 415-864-3330. The Box Office will be open until the time of performance. Standing Room tickets are also currently on sale for $10 (cash only).
The remaining performances of The Magic Flute in which Shagimuratova will sing will take place at 7:30 p.m. on October 29 and November 4, 12, 14, 17, and 20 with a 2 p.m. matinee on November 8.