Soprano Sarah Shafer is currently singing the role of “Rosetta” in the world premiere of La Ciociara (Two Women) at San Francisco Opera. The popular film adaptation by writer and director Vittorio De Sica – released in the USA as Two Women in 1961 – starred twenty-six-year-old Sophia Loren as Rosetta’s mother, Cesira. When she was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress – Hollywood was agog. It was the first time the Motion Picture Academy had embraced a foreign language performance. The film has long been available in VHS and DVD formats and recently premiered on Turner Classic Movies. The story has always been an opera waiting to happen.
[Click here to see my complete interview with Sarah Shafer on HuffingtonPost.com]
Last seen at SF Opera in 2013 as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden – Sarah Shafer is the ideal fit for the innocent Rosetta. Says Sarah, “I think she is a much stronger character in this opera.”