An exceptional ensemble in the pit, the renowned San Francisco Opera Orchestra also shines on stage in its rare performances of touchstones of the symphonic repertoire. And this should come as no surprise. When you team such accomplished musicians with a conductor as insightful and gifted as music director Nicola Luisotti, you can rest assured the results will be formidable. "Energy, dynamism, wit and emotion...no one hearing a concert this exciting could fail to be struck by the brilliance of Luisotti's orchestral conducting. There is a rhythmic buoyancy to his work that speaks of high drama, as well as a gift for bringing both humor and ripe expressiveness to a high boil" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Donor Event: Donor Intermission
Fri, May 17, 8 pm
Zellerbach Donor Lounge
(Donors of $1,200+)
During select performances throughout the season, Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments in our donor lounge, the Zellerbach Room, located on the north side of the Zellerbach Hall lobby. For especially popular events, find us on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall. Donor Intermissions are the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.
Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.
Program notes are available online. [PDF]
Multimedia & Interviews
Maestro Nicola Luisotti of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra talks with UC Berkeley musicologist Anicia Chung Timberlake in a Key Notes talk focusing on the 2011/12 program, the Maestro's artistic vision, and upcoming activities of the orchestra. Listen to this Key Notes recorded in front of a live audience on Friday, October 28, 2011.
Pictured (l to r): Anicia Chung Timberlake and Maestro Nicola Luisotti
Contra Costa Times: Classical Music: Luisotti steps out of the pit and onto the concert stage