Turandot, Puccini’s tale of a bitter princess who kills off any suitor who fails to answer her three riddles yet meets her match in the self-sacrifycing Calaf, will open San Francisco Opera’s fall 2011 season on September ninth. Although the opera describes Swedish soprano Irene Theorin as the world’s reigning Turandot, San Francisco also presents on the big stage it’s own alums young tenor Daniel Montenegro and soprano Leah Crocetto.
Daniel, now a first year Adler Fellow, made a name for himself with charm and star presence in Merola’s L’eliser d’Amore at Fort Mason and seemed to be the next Juan Diego Florez as far as bel canto and young romantic comedians go.
Daniel performed more dramatically, from Romeo and Juliette, at the grand finale that year, making the event live up to the name.
Leah enthralled and charmed her audience with her sense of humor and humility when she made her Schwabacher debut at Temple Emmanuel near the Presidio in Pacific Heights. Click here: Stage presence big and small.
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The first time I saw Turandot, it came via simulcast from the Met in November of 2009. Nessun Dorma alone, to be sung in San Francisco by Marco Berti, is worth the price of admission, although suffering through a Puccini libretto is a Puccinian act in itself, a sado-masochistic act I just love to hate. Love just seems to mean killing yourself and taking somebody else down with ya’ll. However. Pat Racette of Il Trittico and Butterflydom, the host of the worldwide simulcast, seemed to have the right attitude.
Turandot runs from September 9 through November 25.
Tickets range from $24 to $330 and standing room is available the day of the performance for ten dollars cash.
For more information: www.SFOpera.com