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August 18, 2012
Turandot (in Italian)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini

Cast:
Turandot – Iréne Theorin
Calaf – Marco Berti
Liù – Leah Crocetto
Timur – Raymond Aceto
Ping – Hyung Yun
Pang – Greg Fedderly
Pong – Daniel Montenegro
Emperor Altoum – Joseph Frank
A Mandarin – Ryan Kuster

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Stage Director: Garnett Bruce
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

August 25, 2012
Don Giovanni (in Italian)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cast:
Don Giovanni – Lucas Meachem
Donna Anna – Ellie Dehn
Donna Elvira – Serena Farnocchia
Leporello – Marco Vinco
Don Ottavio – Shawn Mathey
Zerlina – Kate Lindsey
Masetto – Ryan Kuster
The Commendatore – Morris Robinson

Conductor: Niccola Luisotti
Stage Director: Gabriele Lavia
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

September 1, 2012
Carmen (in French)
Composer: Georges Bizet

Cast: Carmen – Anita Rachvelishvili
Don José – Thiago Arancam
Micaëla – Sara Gartland
Escamillo – Paulo Szot
Frasquita – Susannah Biller
Mercédès – Cybele Gouverneur
Le Dancaïre – Timothy Mix
Le Remendado – Daniel Montenegro
Moralès – Trevor Scheunemann
Zuniga – Wayne Tigges
Lillas Pastia – Yusef Lambert

Conductor: Niccola Luisotti
Stage Director: Jose Maria Condemi
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

September 8, 2012
Heart of a Soldier (in English, World Premiere)
Composer: Christopher Theofanidis
Libretto: Donna Di Novelli

Cast:
Rick Rescorla – Thomas Hampson
Daniel J. Hill – William Burden
Susan Rescorla – Melody Moore
Juliet, Barbara – Nadine Sierra
Cyril – Henry Phipps
Imam – Mohannad Mchallah
Tom, Ted – Michael Sumuel
Lolita, Bridesmaid – Susannah Biller
Pat, Ann – Sara Gartland
Kathy, Bridesmaid – Maya Lahyani
Omaha, Robert – Ta’u Pupu’a
Dexter, Dex – Daniel Snyder
Joseph, Joe – Trevor Scheunemann
Sam, Wesley – Wayne Tigges
Buddy – Koa, The Golden Retriever

Conductor: Patrick Summers
Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

September 15, 2012
Faust (in French)
Composer: Charles François Gounod

Cast:
Faust – Stefano Secco
Mephistopheles – John Relyea
Marguerite – Patricia Racette
Wagner – Austin Kness
Siebel – Daniela Mack
Valentin – Brian Mulligan
Marthe – Catherine Cook

Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Stage Director: Jose Maria Condemi
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

September 22, 2012
Lucrezia Borgia (in Italian)
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti

Cast:
Lucrezia Borgia – Renee Fleming
Muffio Orsini – Elizabeth DeShong
Gennaro – Michael Fabiano
Alfonso d’Este – Vitalij Koaliow
Rustighello – Daniel Montenegro
Jepo Liverotto – Christopher Jackson
Oloferno Vitellozzo – Brian Jagde
Apostolo Gazello – Austin Kness
Astolfo – Ryan Kuster
Ascanio Petrucci – Ao Li
Gubetta – Igor Vieira

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Stage Director: John Pascoe
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

September 29, 2012
Xerxes (in Italian)
Composer: George Frideric Handel

Cast:
Xerxes – Susan Graham
Romilda – Lisette Oropesa
Arsamenes – David Daniels
Atalanta – Heidi Stober
Amastris – Sonia Prina
Ariodates – Wayne Tigges
Elviro – Michael Sumuel

Conductor: Patrick Summers
Stage Director: Nicholas Hytner
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

October 6, 2012
Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cast:
Figaro – Luca Pisaroni
Susanna – Danielle de Niese
Count Almaviva – Lucas Meachem
Countess Almaviva – Ellie Dehn
Cherubino – Michèle Losier
Dr Bartolo – John Del Carlo
Marcellina – Catherine Cook
Don Basilio – Greg Fedderly
Antonio – Bojan Knezevic
Barbarina – Sara Gartland
Don Curzio – Robert MacNeil

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Stage Director: John Copley
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

October 13, 2012
Nixon in China (in English)
Composer: John Adams

Cast:
Richard Nixon – Brian Mulligan
Pat Nixon – Maria Kanyova
Mao Tse-tung – Simon O’Neill
Chiang Ch’ing
(Madam Mao Tse-tung) – Hye Jung Lee
Chou En-Lai – Chen-Ye Yuan
Henry Kissinger – Patrick Carfizzi
Nancy T’ang – Ginger Costa-Jackson
Second Secretary – Buffy Baggott
Third Secretary – Nicole Birkland
Wu Ch’ang-Ch’ing – Bryan Ketron

Conductor: Lawrence Renes
Stage Director: Michael Cavanagh
San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

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