There's a more lighthearted masked ball onstage tomorrow night in Die Fledermaus. Johann Strauss's evergreen operetta, directed by former company general director Lotfi Mansouri and conducted by SFO music director Donald Runnicles, stars Christine Goerke, Wolfgang Brendel, Jennifer Welch-Babidge and Gerald Thompson.
Season-opening festivities conclude on Sunday (September 10) with the company's annual free outdoor performance, a program of arias and excerpts from the fall season presented at Sharon Field in Golden Gate Park beginning at 1:30 pm.
Other highlights of the coming season include Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, with Thomas Moser and Christine Brewer in the title roles and designs by David Hockney; Olivier Tambosi's staging of Puccini's Manon Lescaut starring Karita Mattila; and a revival of former SFO general director Lofti Mansouri's production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, with Soile Isokoski, Joyce DiDonato, Miah Persson and Kristinn Sigmundsson.
Also on the schedule are Verdi's Rigoletto, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (with Nathan Gunn as Figaro), Bizet's Carmen (starring Marina Domashenko), and a David McVicar staging of Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Iphig_nie en Tauride, a co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, will end the season in June 2007. Robert Carsen is the director; Patrick Summers, Houston Grand Opera's music director, will conduct. The cast includes Susan Graham, Bo Skovhus and Paul Groves.
For more information on the San Francisco Opera's 2006-07 season, visit www.sfopera.com.