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Posted 12 January 2001 - 05:44 PM

S.F. Opera announces new season
By William Glackin

Bee Critic at Large
(Published Jan. 11, 2001)

Pamela Rosenberg, general director designate of the San Francisco Opera
Company, has announced a 2001-2002 season of 11 operas, including the world
premiere of the original version of an Armenian opera, "Arshak II" by Tigran
Chukhadjian, and new productions of Lehar's "The Merry Widow" and Wagner's
"Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg."

The season will open Sept. 7 in the Opera House with Verdi's "Rigoletto,"
which will be given eight performances. "Arshak (Arcase) II," the story of a
fourth century Armenian king, set to music in 1868, will open Sept. 8 and
play six performances.

Following in order will be Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" (eight
performances); "Die Meistersinger" (seven performances); Puccini's "Tosca"
(11 performances); Verdi's "Falstaff" (eight times); Janacek's "Jenufa"
(seven times); "The Merry Widow," with Frederica von Stade one of three
singers alternating in the title role (12 performances); Bizet's "Carmen"
(eight performances); Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" (eight performances); and
Handel's "Giulio Cesare" (six performances).

The season was planned by the outgoing general director, Lotfi Mansouri, and
announced by Rosenberg at a news conference Tuesday in the foyer of the
Opera House. Her reign begins Aug. 1 and will be hailed by a Gala
Celebration on opening weekend.

The season will be performed by the usual array of singers and conductors,
among them such international stars as Ruth Ann Swenson, von Stade, sopranos
Olga Borodina and Helga Dernesch, and bass-baritone James Morris (who will
play the beloved Hans Sachs in "Die Meistersinger").

Subscription prices for the season range from $120 (balcony rear) for a
three-opera series to $1,385 (orchestra section) and $1,715 (boxes) per
person for the full 11-opera season. There are 33 subscription packages
available at (415) 864-3330 or on the Web site www.sfopera.com.

Copyright 2000 The Sacramento Bee

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