TheatreWorks’ 2022/23 Season Will Highlight New Works and Classic Favorites

The 52nd season of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has been announced. The Tony-winning theatre will present six shows beginning in November 2022 and ending in August 2023.

“We invite audiences to lift their voices with us this season,” said Artistic Director Tim Bond. “In celebration that live, in-person theatre has returned; in awe for thrilling moments of joy and theatricality; in unison as we share these diverse stories of global cultures, people, and perspectives. TheatreWorks’ 52nd Season will include six incredible shows, full of the joy and passion you have come to expect from our Tony Award-winning company.”

The season kicks off in November with the fan favorite musical Little Shop of Horrors (November 30–December 24, 2022). The setting of this campy show will be moved to San Francisco’s Chinatown and the production will highlight a multicultural cast. Little Shop of Horrors features a score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the Academy Award-winning duo behind Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

Next comes the West Coast Premiere of In Every Generation (January 18–February 12, 2023). The winner of the National Jewish Playwriting Content, this multi-generational, multi-lingual, multicultural play takes a time-traveling voyage through four millennia of Passover seders past, present, and future. In Every Generation is written by Ali Viterbi and directed by Michael Barakiva.

In March, TheatreWorks will present Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer (March 8–April 2, 2023). Award-winning actor Greta Oglesby, who starred in TheatreWorks’ Gem of the Ocean earlier this year, will return to play Fannie Lou Hamer. Artistic Director Tim Bond will direct this musical which follows the famed civil rights activist in her inspiring gospel journey to justice, from sharecropper to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and becoming an outspoken voice for African American voting rights. The musical is written by Cheryl L. West.

Continuing the season will be the World Premiere of A Distinct Society (April 5–30, 2023). This play from Kareen Fahmy was developed during the 2021 TheatreWorks New Works Festival Online. In this moving play, a quiet library that straddles United States and Canada becomes the battlefield for border control. As an Iranian family separated by the Muslim travel ban seeks refuge within its doors, the library’s occupants grapple with the power of the law versus the powers of the heart. TheatreWorks Artistic Associate and Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli will direct this play that is presented in association with Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theatre.

Up next is Steel Magnolias (June 7–July 2, 2023), directed by actor and director Elizabeth Carter. Written by Robert Harling, this beloved play follows a tight-knit group of Southern women who flock to Truvy’s beauty parlor, where its occupants dish gossip, do hair, and provide strength and support through life’s joys and tragedies. The comic drama enjoyed high acclaim during its run on Off-Broadway before being adapted into the beloved film.

The season closes with the World Premiere of Alice Bliss (July 12–August 6, 2023). This musical is based on the book by Laura Harrington and was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and TheatreWorks. Set in upstate New York during the Iraq War, this new musical is an intimate and stunning tale of a family seeking hope in the midst of crisis as headstrong teenager Alice struggles to hold them together.

Season subscriptions are now available online. Single tickets will be available in November 2022.  

Village Theatre Has Appointed New Leadership: Adam Immerwahr as Artistic Director and Laura Lee as Managing Director

Laura Lee comes from a 30-year career in nonprofit service and advocacy for the arts. Adam Immerwahr was the artistic director of Theater J in Washington D.C. for the past six and a half years. They will take over for Executive Producer Robb Hunt who leaves Village Theatre after 43 years.  

After Village Theatre’s Executive Producer Robb Hunt announced his retirement in 2021, the local theater has led a nationwide search for a new leadership team. Village Theatre’s board of directors and Management Consultants for the Arts (a team of seasoned leaders from the arts and culture world that helps organizations fill positions) have filled the managing director and artistic director roles. This dual leadership will be a change from the single leadership model of Robb Hunt.

“Adam and Laura were chosen from an extensive list of qualified candidates and as a team bring a unique energy, experience, and vision to Village Theatre and are positioned to steer the organization soundly into the future,” Board President Jill Klinge said. “We are excited for our community of artists and patrons to meet our new ‘dream team!’”  

Laura Lee has most recently filled the managing director position at ArtsWest, a Seattle theater and gallery, for the past nine years. In addition to arts administration, Lee’s experience extends to finance, marketing, PR and fundraising.

“As a passionate lover of musical theater, a believer that theater needs new works to stay relevant, and as a mom and theater administrator who knows the power of arts education, I am so honored to be joining this organization,” Lee shared.

Joining Village Theater from the East Coast, Adam Immerwahr’s most recent position was the artistic director of Theater J, the nation’s premier Jewish theater. He served as the associate artistic director at McCarter Theatre and as resident director of Passage Theatre, both in New Jersey.

“I am humbled and honored to be the next Artistic Director at Village Theatre,” Immerwahr said. “Musical theater was how I fell in love with theater as an art form, and I’m thrilled to be returning to it. Over the past four decades, Village Theatre has become a leader in arts education, in the development of new musical theater, and in creating productions that delight and enthrall its audiences; I know we will continue to build upon that incredible legacy.”

Laura Lee and Adam Immerwahr will both begin their new positions this month.


Check out Village Theatre’s 2022-23 season here.

Watch “Reunite With the Arts” and Get Inspired Again

A new video created by ArtsFund shares the impact of the arts in times of upheaval and challenges in order to inspire all.

ArtsFund—a local nonprofit that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grant making—is furthering its mission of building a healthy, equitable and creative Washington by producing Reunite With the Arts. This video shares the stories of Washington’s arts and cultural community members throughout the difficulties of the past two years.

“Over the past two years, our communities have been disconnected,” said Michael Greer, ArtsFund President and CEO. “And as we begin to reconnect with our friends and family, we’re using arts and culture in order to do that. Arts and culture are incredibly excited to play that role within our communities.”

The video chronicles the trials, obstacles, and accomplishments that the arts sector has experienced during the pandemic, painting an inspiring picture of how individuals have come together in their time of most need. During the pandemic the arts and cultural sectors have been hit extremely hard, impacting everyone from artists to arts administrators, from the highest level of leadership to the ushers.

Now that we are beginning to see a glimpse of light at the end of this dark tunnel, with the community defying all obstacles and bouncing back, ArtsFund provides this video as a rallying call for all to get involved and participate in new ways. It reminds us of the power and possibility that the arts provide us while we look towards the future.      

Learn more at ArtsFund’s website.

Taproot Theatre Announces Three Shows for Their 2022 Season

Taproot Theatre Company has announced they will be bringing three shows to their stage for the 2022 season. The season will feature the comedy The Nerd, Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, and a new cabaret by the Russell family.

The Nerd

Three’s already a crowd in Willum’s house, but it’s as tight as a game of sardines when Rick unexpectedly arrives. He’s as interesting as quality control at a chalk factory, until his antics jeopardize Willum’s career. Sure, Rick once saved Willum’s life, but now he’s ruining it! Pass the deviled eggs, this party’s about to become a saucer-smashing good time!

May 18–June 18, 2022


Black Coffee

The formula for a secret weapon has been stolen, and that isn’t the only mystery in the Amory house! When Sir Claude discovers the theft, he locks his family in the library. Moments later there’s a dead body, a room full of suspects, and a Belgian sleuth at the door. Witness the famous Hercule Poirot untangle a jumble of deceptions to discover whodunit.

July 13–August 13, 2022


A Night with the Russells: The Legacy of Us

An evening of laughter, love, and unrelenting joy! Seattle’s own Sarah, Be, and Faith Bennett Russell carry on their family’s legacy as storytellers, while celebrating their individual journeys as Black female artists. From their roots in Jamaica to their home in Seattle, this cabaret is filled with songs both new and old. Bring your tissues and party-poppers and prepare to leave with a song in your heart.

September 21–October 22, 2022

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Releases Teaser Video for “Sense and Sensibility”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will present Sense and Sensibility March 9–April 1, 2022 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, with book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, this beloved story follows the Dashwood sisters as they navigate love, romance and heartbreak.

This musical adaptation will have its regional premiere this spring at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Created by the team that delighted audiences with Pride and Prejudice and Emma this musical is “impossible to resist!” (San Diego Union Tribune). Check out the teaser trailer for Sense and Sensibility below and don’t forget to get your tickets to this enchanting musical that brings a classic and beloved novel to life in a new way.

Sense and Sensibility. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten Will Leave San Francisco Ballet After 20 Seasons With Company

San Francisco Ballet announced today that principal dancer Sara Van Patten will be leaving the San Francisco company at the end of the 2022 season, after 20 years with the renowned company. Van Patten will give her last performance with SF Ballet in a special event celebrating her tenure on April 16 at the War Memorial Opera House.

Van Patten joined the San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2002 and was promoted to a principal dancer in 2007. During her incredible 20-year tenure she has entertained audiences with stirring performances in Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Don Quixote, and Nutcracker. Her career highlights include principal roles in John Cranko’s Onegin, Wheeldon’s Cinderella, and John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid.

“Sarah is an immensely talented artist who has brought to this Company a diverse range of abilities, both in her dancing and in her dramatic interpretations of some of the great roles of classical ballet,” said Tomasson. “She has been integral to the creation of some of my own ballets, as well as ballets by numerous other choreographers who have worked in our studios throughout the past two decades. It has been a pleasure to work with her and we will miss her dearly.”

Van Patten, beyond dancing with the San Francisco Ballet, is a choreographer, producer, and director. As founder and artistic director of Tahoe Dance Camp she gave a place for artists to safely create and work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit has been a haven for dancers, choreographers, and other artists, giving them a space to work, create, collaborate, and perform before returning to their studios.

“It has been an incredible 20 years dancing for San Francisco Ballet,” said Van Patten. “I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity from Helgi when I was 17 to join the company as a soloist. I never could have imagined then what has ended up being such an amazing journey. Thank you to so many people behind the scenes and in the audience who have supported and helped me along over these years. I will forever cherish this chapter in my life and I look forward to what is next!”


Tickets for Sarah Van Patten’s farewell performance will go on sale March 4, 2022.  

Eight Date Ideas for This Valentine’s Weekend in Seattle

We’ve got eight things for you to do this weekend that you’ll love almost as much as the person you take with you. Whether you’d rather stay home or go out, there’s something for everyone. Valentine’s Day is a time to share interests, passions, or try something new with your special someone—and that’s what the arts are all about.

Check out what’s going on in Seattle (or your living room) and surprise your date with a ballet, play, musical performance, or have a super-packed weekend and do them all!

Out on the Town

The Mystery of Irma Vep

The Mystery of Irma Vep centers on an English estate haunted by the former mistress who has recently passed (or has she?). There are mummies, werewolves, mistaken identities, and a ton of madcap blunders. Two performers, dozens of wigs, and 35 costume quick-changes bring an eclectic cast of characters to life in this camp comedy classic from Charles Ludlam (1943-1987), creator of New York’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company.”

Playing now through February 26, presented by Intiman Theatre. Performances on February 12 and 13.

a stage image of romeo and juliet. the two ballet dancers intertwine with one arm above their heads
“Roméo et Juliette” at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Photo by Angela Sterling
Roméo et Juliette

“Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette will sweep you away to Verona and back again. Savor the incredible dancing, the flush of first love, Prokofiev’s rich score, and the drama of Shakespeare’s classic story—all in the course of one stunning ballet.”

Performances on February 11,12 and 13, presented by Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Monsters of the American Cinema

“When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a Black man, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater and a caregiver to his late husband’s straight, white teenage son, Pup. United by their love of classic American monster movies, the two have developed a warm and caring familial chemistry—but their relationship fractures when Remy discovers Pup and his friends have been bullying a gay teen at his school. Monsters of the American Cinema is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.”

Playing now through February 20, presented by ArtsWest. Performances on February 11 ,12 and 13.

Hotter Than Egypt

“ACT Theatre in association with Marin Theatre Company proudly presents Hotter than Egypt, a World Premiere by Core Company artist and acclaimed Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi. Hotter than Egypt is a poignant play about personal revelation. Paul and Jean, an American couple, travel to Cairo for their 24th wedding anniversary. Long-dormant troubles within the marriage start to percolate, and their two Egyptian tour guides, newly engaged Maha and Seif, become drawn into the crisis. This dramedy explores the uneven power dynamics between these Western tourists and the locals. Dreams and relationships are put to the test when old connections lead to new temptations.”

Playing now through February 20, presented by ACT Theatre. Performances on February 11, 12 and 13.

Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet at Seattle Theatre Group
Kronos Quartet

“David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) have combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with countless composers and performers, and commissioning over 1000 works and arrangements for string quartet. The group has won over 40 awards, including three Grammys, and the prestigious Polar Music, Avery Fisher, and Edison Klassiek Oeuvre Prizes.”

Performance on February 13, presented by Seattle Theatre Group.

At Home

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer tells the impassioned story of American civil rights activist and hero, Fannie Lou Hamer. From her humble origins as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper, to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and demanding recognition at the National Democratic Convention, hers is a story of justice that will not be denied.”

Available to stream February 11 and 12, presented by Seattle Rep.

Songs of the Earth

“The Seattle Symphony brings together a program of music reflecting on the end of life. Mahler was inspired by Chinese poetry for his valedictory masterwork, Das Lied von der Erde. George Walker offers introverted and deeply personal reflections on four spiritual melodies in Folksongs for Orchestra. His Lyric for Strings, a touching tribute to the memory of his grandmother, is one of his best-loved works.”

Available to stream now through February 17, presented by Seattle Symphony.

man on stage holds his hand over his heart
“Beowulf” at Book-It Repertory Theatre
Beowulf

“Our hero, Beowulf, travels to King Hrothgar’s land to defeat a monster and save a kingdom, for that is what great heroes do. But Grendel, the creature condemned by God, is grim and vengeful, strong and horrible. Beowulf and a few brave enough to join him, embark on the quest to vanquish the foul fiend. Courage, cunning, and might may win the day and the laurels of battle, but once an adventurer, always an adventurer. Beowulf’s life continues anon with heroic and mighty deeds until a Dragon is awoken and the elder statesman must face a final test of his bravery, alone. This mythic tale, over one thousand years old, cries to be experienced aloud, reminding us of the importance of a good story well told.”

Available to stream now through February 27, presented by Book-It Repertory Theatre.

“Moulin Rouge!” and “Hadestown” Will Come to Seattle in Broadway at The Paramount’s 2022/23 Season

Broadway at The Paramount has announced their upcoming 2022-23 season. The exciting season will include eight musicals, including a few that haven’t been to Seattle before. The season will include the eight-time 2019 Tony Award®-winner Hadestown as well as Moulin Rouge! The Musical, a 10-time Tony Award®-winning stage adaptation of the Baz Luhrmann’s hit film.   

“We are honored to be presenting some of the most engaging Broadway touring theatre available in our country,” said Executive Director of Seattle Theatre Group Josh LaBelle. “This series aligns well with STG’s vision as The People’s Theatre—a place where all are welcomed and represented. We are most appreciative to our patrons, artists, and our talented staff who continue to come together and keep the arts vital in this community.”

Subscription renewals go on sale February 8 and new subscriptions will be available on April 8. Patrons can sign up for new subscription waitlist. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date. Check out the full season below now.

Hadestown

Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today…and always. Intertwining two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.

July 12–17, 2022

Harper Lee’s to Kill a Mockingbird

The history-making new play by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel will star Emmy Award-Winning icon Richard Thomas. To Kill a Mockingbird holds the record as the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history. Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch.

October 11 – 16, 2022

Jagged Little Pill

Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE—everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show—is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. With a Tony-winning book by Diablo Cody (Juno) and Grammy-winning score, this electrifying production about a perfectly imperfect American family “vaults the audience to its collective feet” (The Guardian).

November 8–13, 2022

Blue Man Group

More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is Blue Man Group and now it’s your turn! Blue Man Group returns to Seattle for a limited engagement on their new North American tour. It’s everything you know and love about Blue Man Group—signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy—the men are still blue but the rest is all new! Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction and hilarious absurdity, join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.

November 25–27, 2022

Lindsey Best
Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Directed by Tony Award® winner Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a theatrical celebration of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and— above all—Love. With a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan; music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony Award® winner Justin Levine; and choreography by Tony Award® winner Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is more than a musical—it is a state of mind.

December 14, 2022–January 1, 2023

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations is the electrifying new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Nominated for 12 Tony® Awards and the winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, it’s a thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal during a decade of civil unrest in America. Set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” Ain’t Too Proud tells the unforgettable story of the legendary quintet that Billboard Magazine named the greatest R&B group of all time.

January 24–February 5, 2023

Matthew Murphy
Dear Evan Hansen  

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says Dear Evan Hansen is “theatrical magic. One of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

March 7–12, 2023

Hairspray

You Can’t Stop the Beat! Hairspray, Broadway’s Tony Award®-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” Hairspray is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).

This all-new touring production reunites Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring Hairspray to a new generation of theater audiences.

April 4–9, 2023

Book-It Moves Forward Safely by Streaming “Beowulf” and Hiring COVID Safety Manager

Book-It Repertory Theatre changed their performances of Beowulf, which were scheduled to move forward in person, to streaming only. This announcement comes closely followed by their introduction of Lindsay Merino, a COVID safety manager.

Book-It continues to be one of the more precautious performance arts organizations in Seattle. While many theatres and organizations announced in late summer or early fall that they would begin in-person performances for the 2021-22 season (albeit with many safety measures) Book-It took a different approach. The small theatre, which performs, under regular circumstances, at the Center Theatre in Seattle Center, announced they would produce two audio dramas in the fall and move onto in-person performances in January with Beowulf.

Of course, things took a turn for the worse, with COVID variants causing plans to change. So now Beowulf, which was to run January 21–February 6, will no longer be presented in person. However, rather than canceled, the show will be postponed until this summer, and in the meantime, the live performance will be available to stream. As the show was postponed late into rehearsals, Book-It didn’t waste an opportunity to share this classic tale with audiences hungry for theatre (in whatever format it comes in). The streaming of Beowulf will be hosted on Vimeo from February 10–27. Tickets are $15 and are available now.

Postponing what was supposed to be their first live performance in almost two years is not the only safety measure Book-It is taking. They have also recently announced the hiring of a COVID safety manager, Lindsay Merino. Merino will manage the COVID safety protocols for the productions of Beowulf and Mrs. Caliban which runs March 23–April 17.

San Francisco Opera Celebrates Its Centennial With 8 Incredible Performances

San Francisco Opera is looking back at 100 extraordinary years of passionate and powerful opera 2022 and 2023. During their centennial season, San Francisco Opera will celebrate this amazing milestone with special events, new programs, and, of course, by staging beautiful operas.

The upcoming season will begin with a new opera based on Shakespeare’s historical masterpiece Antony and Cleopatra and will conclude with another world premiere, El último sueño de Frida y Diego, which follows Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo’s husband, as he tries to say goodbye after her passing. See the full centennial season below. Tickets are available now for season subscribers.

Antony and Cleopatra

San Francisco Opera’s 100th Season begins with John Adams’ thrilling new opera, commissioned for the company’s centennial and conducted by Music Director Eun Sun Kim.

Libretto by John Adams from Shakespeare with supplementary passages from Plutarch, Virgil and and other classical texts.  Libretto consultation by Elkhanah Pulitzer and Lucia Scheckner.

September 10–October 5, 2022


Eugene Onegin

She loved him at first sight. But Onegin, an aristocrat obsessed with appearances, could never be happy with a country girl like Tatyana. Or so he thought.

Emotions run high in Tchaikovsky’s drama Eugene Onegin, based on Alexander Pushkin’s deeply human story.  Gorgeous sweeping melodies melt the heart, making this one of opera’s most romantic masterpieces—from Tatyana’s ardent letter scene to the intense final duet as Tatyana and Onegin fight for their emotional lives.

September 25–October 14, 2022

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Outside, scaffolds rise in city squares as priests, nobles, and political prisoners face the merciless blade of the guillotine. The aristocrat Blance de la Force had hoped the convent would serve as a sanctuary. But now, death is at the sisters’ doorstep. And one by one, their faith will be tested.

Francis Poulenc’s profound drama returns to San Francisco in honor of the company’s U.S. premiere of the work in 1957. Olivier Py’s award-winning staging pairs striking tableaus with Poulenc’s haunting, poetic score conducted by Music Director Eun Sun Kim.

October 15–30, 2022


La Traviata

Fame. Power. Fortune. Violetta Valéry has it all as Paris’ most admired courtesan. But never. All that changes when a naive young man enters her Paris salon and offers her a romance full of tenderness and compassion. But can their love ever be free from the social stigmas of her past?

Music Director Eun Sun Kim leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and chorus in Shawna Lucey’s sumptuous new vision of Verdi’s masterpiece—the first new production of La Traviata built by San Francisco Opera’s own craftspeople since 1987.

November 11–December 3, 2022


Orpheus and Eurydice

What death has stolen, the musician Orpheus is determined to bring back. With Love as his guide, Orpheus journeys into the underworld to save his wife, Eurydice. But there is one condition: he must not look back at her until they return to the mortal world.

Orpheus and Eurydice returns in a fully staged production for only the second time in the Company’s history. In this new production, director Matthew Ozawa joins award-winning choreographer Rena Butler to take us on a heartfelt journey into the stages of grief.

November 15–December 1, 2022

Madame Butterfly

Each night, the young Cio-Cio-San looks out over the port of Nagasaki, eagerly waiting the return of her husband, U.S. Naval officer Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. Alongside her is their young son, Trouble, who has never met his father. But disappointment is about to sail across the horizon when Pinkerton arrives with his recently wedded American wife.

Music Director Eun Sun Kim conducts a new staging of Puccini’s heartbreaking drama from director Amon Miyamoto, who reimagines this classic through the eyes of Trouble.

June 3–July 1, 2023


Die Frau ohne Schatten

Half-spirit and half-mortal, the Empress lives in fear of a curse: If she doesn’t acquire a human shadow in three days’ time, the spirit world will reclaim her—and turn her husband to stone.

Strauss’ rarely performed masterpiece returns for the first time in over 30 years in a vibrant production designed by acclaimed artist David Hockney. Former San Francisco Opera Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles conducts.

June 4–28, 2023


El último sueño de Frida y Diego

It’s been three years since she passed. Now on the Day of the Dead in 1957, a lonely, ailing Diego Rivera makes a final wish: to see his wife Frida Kahlo once more. And the underworld heeds his call.

Journey through this bold world of desire and release in a pioneering new opera by Bay Area composer Gabriela Lena Frank and the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz.

June 13–30, 2023