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Mefistofele

Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust, a monumental work of “choral grandeur and melodic richness” (The New York Times) in one of the most impressive productions ever seen at the War Memorial Opera House. The cast includes Ramón Vargas, a tenor “in ravishing voice” (Financial Times), as the philosopher who sells his soul to the Devil; the “luminous, compelling” Patricia Racette (Washington Post) as the woman he desires; and, in the vividly menacing title role, the “seductively malevolent” bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, a “fullbodied bass-baritone” renowned for his “wonderfully evil portrayals” (The New York Times). San Francisco’s own Italian maestro will be on the podium, showing why they “are blessed to have Nicola Luisotti in San Francisco” (San Francisco Classical Voice).

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Rigoletto

One of opera’s most vivid and compelling characters, a vengeful court jester, desperately tries to protect his daughter from disaster in this heart-wrenching tragedy. The first of two world-class casts led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti stars Željko Lučić, “whose vocal artistry is exceptional” (The New York Times); Aleksandra Kurzak, “a superstar in the making” (The Guardian, London); and, as the lecherous Duke, Francesco Demuro, “whose open, bright, superbly focused tone was reminiscent of Pavarotti” (Opera News).

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