Revealed on Tuesday, San Francisco Opera’s 2019/20 season begins on 6 September 2019 with Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, and features a total of eight productions, with several AH artists making exciting debuts.
The Marriage of Figaro
Marking the beginning of a multi-year trilogy of Mozart-Da Ponte operas, SF Opera present a new production of The Marriage of Figaro by Michael Cavanagh. Irish soprano Jennifer Davis makes her American debut as Countess Almaviva, with Greg Fedderly as Don Basilio. This continues a long relationship with San Francisco for Greg, who made his company debut in 2002 as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Also making her American debut is soprano Louise Alder, who performs the title role in Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-winning production of Handel’s Partenope. Louise is joined on stage by Franco Fagioli, who makes his company debut as Arsace. Although familiar with the music having recorded “Ch’io parta?” for his 2018 album on Deutsche Grammophon, performances in San Francisco will mark his staged role debut.
San Francisco Opera veteran Heidi Stober – who has performed more than 10 roles with the company since her debut in 2010 – returns as Gretel in Antony McDonald’s production of Hansel and Gretel, first seen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2018. This season, Heidi performs Angelica in Handel’s Orlando, alongside Christina Gansch who makes her US debut as Dorinda.
Conductor James Gaffigan – who made his first appearance at San Francisco Opera with the 2017 The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Concert and will return to make his mainstage opera debut conducting Carmen later this season (with Anita Hartigmaking her SF Opera debut as Micaëla) – returns in summer 2020 for Ernani. Jose Maria Condemi directs.