Once again San Francisco Opera (SFO) will use the holiday season as a time to revive one of their past popular productions as a supplement to the full subscription series. Last year the offering was Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca in a version that recreated the production by Armando Agnini for the very first SFO season in 1923. This year the opera to be revived will be Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in the staging by Emilio Sagi, shared with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, that was so successful when it was first performed two years ago. Roy Rallo will serve as Revival Director for this production; and the conductor will be Giuseppe Finzi, who recently concluded his tenure as SFO Resident Conductor. The Chorus Director will be Ian Robertson, and Dance Master Lawrence Pech will prepare the choreography by Nuria Castejón.
Four of the vocalists will return to perform their roles again in this revival. Baritone Lucas Meachem will assume the title role of Figaro; and baritone Alessandro Corbelli will return as Doctor Bartolo, whom Figaro keeps trying to outwit. In addition, Andrea Silvestrelli and Catherine Cook will once again spice up the comic roles of Don Basilio and Berta, respectively. The role of the young Count Almaviva will be taken by tenor René Barbera, last seen with SFO this past summer as Iopas in Hector Berlioz’ Les Toryens. Rosina, the young woman Almaviva is trying to woo, will be sung by mezzo Daniela Mack, also seen last year in the role of Rosmira in George Frideric Handel’s Partenope.
This revival production of The Barber of Seville will be given five performances, at 7:30 p.m. on November 25, and December 1, 5, and 9, and at 2 p.m. on November 29. Further information may be found at the event page of this production on the SFO Web site. Tickets are priced from $30 to $395 (subject to change) and may be purchased through that same event page.
Tickets may also be purchased at the SFO Box Office in the War Memorial Opera House (301 Van Ness Avenue at the northwest corner of Grove Street) or by calling 415-864-3330. The Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It is open for telephone orders only on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Standing Room tickets go on sale for $10 (cash only) at 10 a.m. on the day of each performance.