SF Opera’s Tosca, Porgy and Bess, and Don Giovanni to screen at Sundance Kabuki Cinema beginning 3/3


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San Francisco Opera partners with Sundance Cinemas to present HD screenings of the Company’s acclaimed productions of Puccini’s Tosca, George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco. The three productions are among the most popular in the Company’s Grand Opera Cinema Series. The series focuses on distributing SF Opera presentations to independent film theaters, arts centers, universities and other venues in the Western region and around the world. Sixteen productions from SF Opera have been presented by theaters in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, California, as well as Mexico and fourteen countries throughout Europe.

TOSCA – Monday, March 3 at 7:15 pm
Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, Summer 2009
Adrianne Pieczonka and Lado Ataneli. Photo, Cory Weaver
Adrianne Pieczonka and Lado Ataneli. Photo, Cory Weaver

Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka appears in the title role opposite tenor Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi and baritone Lado Ataneli as Baron Scarpia. Italian conductor Marco Armiliato leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Jose Maria Condemi directs. This San Francisco Opera production, which was first conceived by Lotfi Mansouri and Production Designer Thierry Bosquet, is a re-creation of Armando Agnini’s Tosca production that opened the War Memorial Opera House in 1932. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

PORGY AND BESS – Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm
Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, Summer 2009
Laquita Mitchell and Eric Owens. Photo, Terrence McCarthy
Laquita Mitchell and Eric Owens. Photo, Terrence McCarthy

Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Laquita Mitchell headline the cast as Porgy and Bess alongside Lester Lynch as Crown, Karen Slack as Serena, Chauncey Packer as Sportin’ Life and Eric Greene as Jake. Francesca Zambello directs her acclaimed production and John DeMain conducts. Sung in English with English subtitles.

DON GIOVANNI – Monday, May 26 at 7:15 pm
Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, Summer 2007
Mariusz Kwiezien. Photo,Terrence McCarthy
Mariusz Kwiezien. Photo,Terrence McCarthy

Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien sings the title role of Mozart’s Don Juan in this San Francisco Opera/Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie co-production conceived by director David McVicar and production designer John McFarlane. The cast features sopranos Elza van den Heever (Donna Anna) and Twyla Robinson (Donna Elvira), mezzo-soprano Claudia Mahnke (Zerlina), tenor Charles Castronovo (Don Ottavio), basses Oren Gradus (Leporello) and Kristinn Sigmundsson (Commendatore), and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni (Masetto). Conducted by Donald Runnicles and directed by Leah Hausman. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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