In a statement released this week, the company explained that presenting the Tony Award-winning director's staging would not be feasible due to technical issues: "the physical dimensions of the production and extensive rebuilding required to adapt the sets for the War Memorial Opera House."
In place of the Zimmerman staging, San Francisco Opera will import a widely-seen production by Graham Vick with sets and costumes designed by Paul Brown. First presented in 1996 in Florence at the Maggio Musicale, Vick's Lucia has since been mounted in the main opera houses of Tokyo, Geneva, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Genoa.
As originally announced, Natalie Dessay will make her San Francisco Opera debut in the opera's title role; also performing for the first time with the company will be tenor Giuseppe Filianoti (as Edgardo), baritone Gabriele Viviani (as Enrico) and conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce. Vick will come to San Francisco to direct the production, which runs for seven performances from June 17 through July 5, 2008 at the War Memorial Opera House. For tickets and information, visit www.sfopera.com.