Bayreuth, August, 2015
(I should have bought a bottle and tried it.)
SAN FRANCISCO, –The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) announced today that mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will sing Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre with the Orchestra, in place of the previously announced Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, in concerts in Davies Symphony Hall May 19-22. The program now also includes Schubert’s Nachtgesang im Walde,featuring the men of the SFS Chorus.“After Susan’s stunning appearance as Didon in Les Troyens at SF Opera, I wanted to provide an opportunity for San Francisco Symphony audiences to experience her unique and powerful interpretation of Berlioz’s music,” said Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. “For me, Susan has no equal when it comes to his music.” As originally announced, the remainder of the program includes Brahms’sVariations of a Theme by Haydn and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D minor.
Says the press release:Tickets for the Celebrating David! concert are $50, $100, $150, $200, $250, $350 and $450 ($450 tickets include premium concert seating and pre-performance reception with David Gockley). Tickets are available at sfopera.com or the San Francisco Opera Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue or by phone at (415) 864-3330.VIP packages, including the reception and post-performance black-tie dinner, are also available. For more information and to purchase VIP package tickets, call the Medallion Society Ticket Concierge at (415) 565-6447.
The roster of acclaimed artists includes sopranos Renée Fleming, Ana María Martínez, Karita Mattila, Patricia Racette, Nadine Sierra and Heidi Stober; mezzo-sopranos Susan Graham, Daniela Mack and Dolora Zajick; tenors Michael Fabiano, Brian Jagde and Simon O’Neill; bass-baritone Eric Owens; bass René Pape; San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti, Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers and guest conductors Jiří Bělohlávek and John DeMain. The gala concert will also feature video appearances by special guest artists. Veteran artist manager Matthew Epstein is the artistic consultant for this concert.No sign of former MD Donald Runnicles, who is conducting Tristan und Isolde and Abduction from the Seraglio at Deutsche Oper Berlin that week.