San Francisco Opera Opens Summer Festival

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San Francisco Opera's 2005 Summer Festival, dubbed "The Gamble of Love," opens this afternoon with a performance of Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades.

The festival, which runs through July 10, also includes productions of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers and Mozart's CosÐ fan tutte.

The Queens of Spades stars Katarina Dalayman as Lisa, Hanna Schwartz as the countess, and Misha Didyk as Gherman. Katherine Rohrer is Paulina; T‹mas T‹masson is Count Tomsky; John Hancock is Prince Yeletsky. Roy Rallo directs a Welsh National Opera production created by Richard Jones and designed by John Macfarlane. SFO music director Donald Runnicles conducts.

The Pearl Fishers opens June 14 in a production from San Diego Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. Norah Amsellem sings Leila; Charles Castronovo is Nadir; William Dazeley is Zurga; Mark Coles is Nourabad. Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts; Andrew Sinclair is the director.

CosÐ fan tutte's cast includes Frederica von Stade as Despina, Paul Groves as Ferrando, and Nathan Gunn as Guglielmo. Alexandra Deshorties is Fiordiligi; Claudia Mahnke and Katherine Rohrer share the role of Dorabella. Josemaria Condemi directs a John Cox staging co-produced by San Francisco Opera and Opera Monte Carlo; former Kansas City Symphony music director Anne Manson conducts in her SFO debut.

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