MUSIC BY RICHARD WAGNER
Libretto by the composer
In Wagner's first masterpiece, a ship's captain is condemned to endlessly travel the seas under a curse that can only be broken by a woman's love. This mythic tale of bleak isolation and the promise of salvation will be told through inventive imagery, conveying a distinct sense of the supernatural. The "masterful" Patrick Summers (Houston Chronicle) conducts a cast of outstanding Wagnerians led by Greer Grimsley, who thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences as "a thunderous and dramatically compelling Jokanaan" in 2009's Salome (San Francisco Chronicle), and Petra Maria Schnitzer, who sings with "creamy tone, lyrical grace (a rarity in Wagner) and earthy top notes" (The New York Times). Petrika Ionesco, who brought "a handsome combination of grandeur and expressive intimacy" (San Francisco Chronicle) to Cyrano de Bergerac (2010), directs a production he also designed. Presented in celebration of the Wagner bicentennial year.
Sung in German 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 Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège, Belgium)