Dolores Claiborne

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Arts, Theater, Opera
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An opera by Tobias Picker
Libretto by J. D. McClatchy
Based on the novel Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
By arrangement with Andrew Welch · Commissioned by San Francisco Opera


Desperate. Passionate. Trapped. Dolores Claiborne is willing to do whatever it takes to save herself and her daughter—even if that means taking a life. One of the most compelling characters to emerge from the imagination of Stephen King, the feisty Maine housekeeper is a natural fit for opera—and specifically for the dark theatricality of American composer Tobias Picker, who "embraces opera as a populist art form" and "does so with undeniable skill" (The New York Times). Memorably played by Kathy Bates in the 1995 movie, Dolores will be sung by the powerhouse mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, who brings to her roles "the kind of explosive dramatic intensity that makes her an unforgettable stage presence" (San Francisco Chronicle). This chilling work features a libretto by poet J. D. McClatchy. "Expert conductor" George Manahan is at the podium (Financial Times) and the "imaginative" and "inspired" James Robinson directs (The Wall Street Journal).

Production contains adult language and themes

Sung in English with English supertitles
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including one intermission

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain.


War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
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  1. War Memorial Opera House
    301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA