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January 2019

SF Opera's Summer 2019 Cast Changes

NUSSBAUM COHEN_AryehThis summer there are changes for all three operas on offer at San Francisco Opera. Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen (pictured) makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Medoro in Orlando, replacing David Daniels who was fired last November after serious allegations of sexual assault. Bass Kristinn Sigmundsson is Vodník in Rusalka instead of Ferruccio Furlanetto, who has decided against adding the role to his repertory. Maestra Michelle Merrill takes the place of James Gaffigan conducting Carmen on June 20, though Gaffigan will be here for the rest of the performances.

Orlando | Rusalka | Carmen |San Francisco Opera Press Release


Other Minds Shostakovich Preview

Other-minds-shostakovich-2019New music proponent Other Minds is presenting a West Coast premiere of two piano arrangements by Shostakovich, one of his Symphony No. 4 and the other of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. The performers are pianists Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies (who is also a well-known conductor).

The concert promotes their February album release of Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4. The piece in question was long neglected, as at the time Shostakovich's music was essentially banned, and the original score lost during World War II. In 1946, Shostakovich created the piano version for four hands with the orchestral parts that survived from the 1936 rehearsals, the full symphony did not premiere until 1961.

The performance is this Sunday afternoon, February 10, 4pm at Taube Atrium Theater in the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building.