Magazine article Opera Canada

San Francisco

Magazine article Opera Canada

San Francisco

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In 2005, San Francisco Opera began performances for families in emulation of those at the Vienna State Opera. Compressed versions of Die Zauberflote, Il barbiere di Seviglia and L'elisir d'amore have been staged with young singers in parallel with main-stage productions. The idea is to build audiences by capturing young imaginations and perhaps those of non-opera going parents. Last spring, Rachel Port-man's The Little Prince, with its child hero, crowned the ensemble for families with an accessible and engaging new work.

Canadians artists have helped to anchor this forward-looking venture. Following tenor Thomas Glenn's double turn last season as The Snake and The Vain Man in the Portman, last fall's L'elisir d'amore for families cast Canadian soprano Nikki Ein-feld as the heroine's best friend, Giannetta. Her charming presence and vocal precision have been welcome here consistently. Indeed, she took the part as capably as Ji Young Yang, who sang both Giannetta in the main stage version and also the heroine, Adina, for families. …

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