Debuts in San Francisco
Luca Pisaroni looks forward to several performances in San Francisco this summer, beginning as the bass soloist for the music from Stravinsky’s lively ballet Pulcinella. Mr. Pisaroni makes his debut with the San Francisco Symphony and music director Michael Tilson Thomas in these performances, alongside mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell and tenor Matthew Newlin. Concerts take place at Davies Symphony Hall May 14 & 15, with a program that also includes Cage’s The Seasons and violinist Janine Jansen playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
He returns to Davies Hall June 25, 26 & 28 to sing another debut, as Don Fernando in a concert presentation of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, with the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, led by Tilson Thomas. This work is presented as part of the Orchestra’s annual Beethoven Festival, dedicating two weeks of the season to a curated selection of the composer’s works. The Symphony has assembled a remarkable cast for this Fidelio, including Nina Stemme as Leonore, Brandon Jovanovich as Florestan, Alan Held as Don Pizarro, and Joélle Harvey as Marzelline.
He then makes a highly anticipated return to the San Francisco Opera, as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s classic comedy Le Nozze di Figaro. Luca was last seen at SFOpera as Figaro in Nozze, in 2010. Almaviva has become a signature role for Pisaroni, whose performances in Houston (2011) garnered spectacular acclaim.
Performances take place June 14, 18, 21, 24, 27 & 29 and July 3 & 5, with a vibrant cast including Lisette Oropesa as Susanna, Philippe Sly as Figaro, Nadine Sierra as Countess Almaviva and with Kate Lindsey and Angela Brower sharing the role of Cherubino. Patrick Summers leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus for this Robin Guarino-directed production. The July 3 performance will also be featured as this year’s ‘Opera at the Ballpark’ presentation, with a live broadcast on the digital scoreboard in AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.