Multiple debuts at San Francisco Opera



San Francisco Opera’s 2019 Summer Season begins this week, with performances of Bizet’s Carmen and Handel’s Orlando, featuring several exciting debuts for AH artists.

Carmen: a mainstage and house debut

American conductor James Gaffigan makes his mainstage opera debut conducting performances of Carmen, having first appeared with the company in 2017 for an Adler Fellows Concert. A regular at major opera houses across the world, James has this season already made successful debuts at both the Metropolitan Opera in New York (La bohème) and Dutch National Opera (Porgy and Bess).

Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her house debut as Micaëla, alongside J’Nai Bridges’ Carmen and Matthew Polenzani’s Don José. This engagement brings Anita’s 2018/19 season full circle, having begun with performances of Micaëla at the Wiener Staatsoper.

Performances of Carmen take place on 5, 11, 14, 20, 23, 26 and 29 June 2019. Find out more here.

Orlando: an American and role debut

Austrian soprano Christina Gansch makes her American debut performing Dorinda in director Harry Fehr’s Scottish Opera production of Orlando. Conducted by Christopher Moulds, Christina is joined on stage by American soprano Heidi Stober in her role debut as Angelica, and Sasha Cooke as Orlando. This summer, Christina travels to the UK; returning to the BBC Proms and giving her debut performance at the Edinburgh International Festival, both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov.

Performances of Orlando mark Heidi’s second appearance in San Francisco this season; the first as Zdenka in Strauss’ Arabella. A regular at the house since her debut in 2010, Heidi will return again next season for Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

Performances of Orlando take place on 9, 15, 18, 21 and 27 June 2019. Find out more here.

Related reading: “San Francisco Opera announces 2019/20 season” 

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