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“Turandot” in the Park

September 05, 2017

Renowned for their masterful performances, the San Francisco Opera will continue its tradition of a free September performance in Golden Gate Park. This annual tradition always marks the beginning of the season, and the company will perform Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot” in Sharon Meadow on Sunday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m. The opera was Puccini’s last, and was actually left unfinished when the composer died. However, he left behind copious notes and sketches, and using these, the opera was completed by one of Puccini’s private pupils, Franco Alfano. The first performance of “Turandot” was conducted by the great Arturo Toscanini and one of the opera’s most dramatic arias was performed by Luciano Pavarotti at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

After the free concert, “Turandot” will remain on the performance schedule until December 9th. Other performances scheduled for the 2017-1018 season include “Elektra” from September 9th – 27th, Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” from September 23rd - October 17th, Jules Massenet's “Manon” from November 4th – 22nd, and “Girls of the Golden West,” a new opera set during the 1850s California Gold Rush, by composer John Adams and director/librettist Peter Sellars, from November 21st - December 10th. For tickets and more information, click here.

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