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Anthony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams is noted for his contemporary classical music and operas which are often centered around historical events. These include:

  • “Nixon in China” (1987)
  • “The Death of Klinghoffer” (1991)
  • “Doctor Atomic” (2005)

Now, San Francisco Opera‘s 100th Season will begin with the world premiere of John Adams’ newest opera, “Antony and Cleopatra.”

A Roman general and an Egyptian queen embark on a torrid romance, one that will disrupt alliances, end marriages, and spark a pitiless war that gives rise to a new leader, Caesar.

In this take, however, one of the 21st century’s greatest composers tackles the Shakespearean equivalent of a celebrity romance, set in a universe where ancient Egypt meets Old Hollywood.

Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley and Egyptian-born soprano Amina Edris portray the lovers in this English-language dramatic opera, Sep. 10, 15, 18, 23 and 27 plus Oct. 2 and 5, 2022.

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