MUSIC BY GIOACHINO ROSSINI
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this eternally fresh comic masterpiece featuring Rossiniís wittiest, most charming score and two charismatic casts. One features Isabel Leonard, "a lively stage presence and a radiant lyric voice" (The New York Times); Lucas Meachem, who displayed "vocal brilliance" and "theatrical panache" in the title role of San Francisco Operaís Don Giovanni (2011) (San Francisco Chronicle); and rising tenor Javier Camarena, praised by Opera News for his "exquisite finesse." The other equally stunning cast features Daniela Mack, who sings Rossini "with technical command and expressive ease" (Opera News); the "smooth-voiced" Audun Iversen (The New York Times); and Alek Shrader, whose "bright singing" is matched with "matinee-idol good looks" (New York Times). Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi, who leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra with "vigor and clarity" (San Francisco Chronicle), returns to the podium.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Approximate running time: 3 hours 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.
Co-production with Lithuanian National Opera