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July

Merola Opera Program 2019 Summer Festival

Tickets to the world premiere of If I Were You by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, and Merola Grand Finale are on sale through the SF Opera Box Office located at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, by phone at (415) 864-3330 or at sfopera.com/buy-tickets.

If I Were You - Preview Lecture: East Bay

A 90-minute exploration of the music and development of If I Were You, led by lively opera experts.

Saturday, July 20, 2:00 pm
Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549
Gene Scheer, Librettist
Kip Cranna, Dramaturg
Free admission - Click here to RSVP

If I Were You - Preview Lecture: Palo Alto

A 90-minute exploration of the music and development of If I Were You, led by lively opera experts.

Monday, July 22, 2:00 pm
Palo Alto Library, Rinconada Branch, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303
Embarcadero Room
Presented in partnership with the San Francisco Opera Guild – Peninsula Chapter.
Gene Scheer, Librettist
Kip Cranna, Dramaturg
Free admission – no RSVP required

If I Were You - Preview Lecture: Los Gatos

A 90-minute exploration of the music and development of If I Were You, led by lively opera experts.

Monday, July 22, 7:30 pm
Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95032
Gene Scheer, Librettist
Kip Cranna, Dramaturg
Presented in partnership with the San Jose Opera Guild.
Admission: $10. Free for Opera Guild and JCC members. For more information CLICK HERE.

August

If I Were You - Opera on the Couch

Opera on the Couch provides a forum where psychoanalytic insights deepen the meaning and experience of opera. Our discussion of If I Were You will occur immediately after the show on Sunday, August 4, when the immediate visceral experience of music, drama and spectacle will enliven a fuller and deeper understanding of the emotional and psychological aspects of the work

Presented in partnership with the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.
Steven Goldberg, M.D.
Adam Blum, Psy.D.
Celeste Schneider, Ph.D.

Sunday, August 4, 5:00 pm
Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
Free admission – no RSVP required

If I Were You - World Premiere

An opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer
Loosely based on the novel Si j’étais vous by the French-American writer Julien Green, If I Were You is a contemporary story of identity with echoes of classical literature, from Faust to Jekyll and Hyde. The lead character is Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer who yearns for adventure and a way out of his stifling existence. Brittomara, a shape-shifting devil, appears to him in many guises, finally offering Fabian a supernatural power that will allow the writer to transfer his soul into other people’s bodies, living their lives as their own souls languish in a shadowy netherworld. Thus begins the journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his increasingly lost soul from person to person in search of a better identity, leaving a trail of human wreckage and hollow shells. Performances in English (with supertitles).

Don't miss two talented Merola casts: Pearl Cast (P) and Emerald Cast (E).

Thursday, August 1, 7:30 pm (P)
Saturday, August 3, 2:00 pm (E)
Sunday, August 4, 2:00 pm (P)
Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 pm (E)
Herbst Theatre - 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Keturah Stickann, Director
Buy tickets here: $80/$55/$35
Graciously underwritten, in part, by the Bettye Poetz Ferguson Foundation, Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, Jack H. Lund Foundation, Barbara Bruser & Richard Clark, Mary & Craig Henderson, Scott & Susan Lord, Diane B. Wilsey, and Sue York.
Nicole Paiement is sponsored, in part, by Bob and Terri Ryan.
Keturah Stickann is sponsored, in part, by Ursula Grunfeld.


Merola Grand Finale and Reception*

A triumphant end to our Summer Festival, the Merola Grand Finale features the Merola young artists in a dazzling array of opera’s most captivating arias and ensembles. Conducted by Maestro George Manahan, and directed by 2019 Merola Apprentice Stage Director Greg Eldridge, this evening showcases the extraordinary talent of the Merolini.

Following the performance, join the Merola artists for a celebration in the Veterans Building Green Room.

Saturday, August 17, 7:30 pm
War Memorial Opera House - 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
George Manahan, Conductor
Greg Eldridge, Director
Buy tickets here: $50/$40/$25
*Reception tickets are an additional $75 each and can be purchased here.
Graciously underwritten, in part, by The Blanche Thebom Trust, and the Jack H. Lund Charitable Trust.
George Manahan is sponsored, in part, by Darla and Richard Bastoni
Greg Eldridge is sponsored, in part, by the Lotfi Mansouri Apprentice Stage Director Endowment Fund, and the In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund.
Post-concert reception is generously sponsored, in part, by Culinary Excellence Catering.

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