Benjamin Simon, conductor
Gabriela Lena Frank, narrator
San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows, vocals [SFCO's 2012–2013 Debut Artists]
Samuel Barber: A Hand of Bridge, Op. 35
Gabriela Lena Frank & Nilo Cruz: Journey of the Shadow [SFCO Commission & World Premiere]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bastien und Bastienne, K. 50
A season closing program of musical stories, spoken and sung, featuring five rising opera stars from the San Francisco Opera Center's famed Adler Fellows program.
Barber’s brilliant Hand of Bridge—with libretto by composer Gian Carlo Menotti—is a nine-minute production featuring two married couples playing a hand of bridge and singing about troubles that lie just beneath the surface. Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne was written at the tender age of twelve, and it is an equally brilliant, one-act comic masterpiece that displays Mozart’s precocity in a series of charming scenes and songs.
In between, a world premiere from the award-winning Composer in Residence Gabriela Lena Frank, in collaboration with Pulitzer-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. Frank and Cruz have crafted an exciting new work for narrator and chamber orchestra.
Apr. 26 • Fri. 8:00pm • San Francisco
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Pre-talk at 7.30 pm
Meet at 6 pm for dinner, drinks and talks at Lers Ros Thai, 730 Larkin.