Verdi's Opera AIDA - Up Close & Live !!:)

Dear Opera Enthusiasts,
* LATEST TIX INFO as of 11/15:
40% Discount! Here's the code to enter:
HLABMAC40 Online purchase:
http://sfopera.com/pu... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, i missed that opera @ the ballpark back in September. So i am in every intent to make up for it by going to this live opera performance. i know it's around big holiday season, but if you are not traveling like me, this might be a nice hassle-free opera occasion to come to. So if this sounds like something you'd like to do, please read below for details:
Aida
by San Francisco Opera The grandest of grand operas, a brilliant balance of spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy, returns to San Francisco Opera for the first time in nearly a decade. A bitter love triangle plays itself out against a backdrop of war and cultural oppression in this compelling tale of conflicting loyalties and forbidden passion. Music Director Nicola Luisotti, the Company’s "ideal new maestro" (The New York Times), leads the first of two extraordinary casts in an "eye-popping production" (Houston Chronicle) created by legendary British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. The September cast features soprano Micaela Carosi, "a noble, full-hearted diva of considerable power" (The Times of London) in the title role, along with Marcello Giordani, "arguably the greatest leading tenor of his generation" (Opera News) and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, who is "unequaled in major Verdi roles" (Washington Post). Baritone Marco Vratogna, whose “striking infusion of vocal power and theatrical electricity” as Iago (San Francisco Chronicle) thrilled San Francisco audiences in 2009’s Otello, sings Amonasro. Bass Hao Jiang Tian sings Ramfis, returning to San Francisco Opera after his triumphant debut as Chang the Coffin Maker in The Bonesetter’s Daughter (2008). The November cast is led by Michele Capalbo, "a world-class Aida, passionate, subtle and vocally satisfying" (Opera News); tenor Carlo Ventre, a riveting performer who projects "unalloyed passion" (Washington Post); baritone Quinn Kelsey, who "boasts a rare and welcome gift, an enormous vocal sound that he deploys with the lightness of an acrobat" (San Francisco Chronicle); and bass Eric Owens who sang to sold-out crowds as Porgy in Porgy and Bess (2009). Venue: War Memorial Opera House Date: November 26,[masked]:00 PM City: San Francisco Price Range: $25-255 Tickets: (415)[masked]; See above for the latest tix info!!
Pre-meetup: @
6p Let's meet @
Samovar Address: 297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street) San Francisco, CA 94102 Phone: (415)[masked] We'll walk together to War memorial after dinner.
Please indicate if you are coming to dinner on your rsvp. Thanks! Hope to see you there!!:)
**Note:
This meetup will be charging $2 per member. It will be collected @ the pre-meetup. For those members not coming to pre-meetup you will need to send me a check for $2. Please click on 'refund policy' above and obtain the address. Thanks.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    *Many orchestral tunes were familiar, and definitely it added extra excitement to the scene. Wish the stage were bigger so that it doesn't make on-stage folks look like hulk. Esp. so when many were on stage all at once, plus that petticoat worn by men seemed to crowd out the stage instantly. Despite that i'd like to give two thumbs up for creativity staging this opera overall: color theme(azure & gold), scenes for party/marching/celebration(i.e. acrobatic/rhythmic gymnastic min's) and oh yes, i liked that man's petticoat (reminds me of the movie 'King & I')!:)
    **Our dinner @ Samovar was great, thnx to Vicente( he knows we are regulars there by now!) the fabulous waiter. Still in search of my fav't dish there... so keep trying/discovering new stuff i guess, plus lurking @ someone else's plate helps i suppose!:) Thnx for joing me & my gang. C u @ next rnd!:)

    December 2, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a lovely evening - great food and entertainment.

    November 27, 2010

  • Ginette

    Wonderful!!!

    November 27, 2010

  • Marti

    I always love Samovar's food and tea. AIDA was a beautiful production in all gold and blue.

    November 27, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dinner reservation made for 15 ppl under erika/meetup. Happy turkey day & c u all real soon!:)

    November 24, 2010

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