San Francisco Opera Opens Season with L'Italiana in Algeri

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San Francisco Opera opens its 2005-06 season tonight with a production of Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers).

The production, imported from Santa Fe Opera, is directed by Christopher Alexander; music director Donald Runnicles is the conductor. Olga Borodina stars as Isabella.

Highlights of the season, the last for SFO general director Pamela Rosenberg, include the world premiere of John Adams' much-anticipated Doctor Atomic and a new production of La forza del destino directed by Ron Daniels.

The company is performing two operas for the first time: Handel's Rodelinda, in a production that originated at Bavarian State Opera, and Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans, in a production from Teatro Regio Torino.

The season also includes revivals of Beethoven's Fidelio, The Marriage of Figaro, and Madama Butterfly, as well as a newly imported production of Bellini's Norma.

Among the singers engaged for the season are Christine Brewer, who stars in Fidelio; Dolora Zajick, who plays the title role in The Maid of Orleans opposite Rodney Gilfrey; and Patricia Racette, singing Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly.

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