Music: EUN SUN KIM CONDUCTS VERDI (San Francisco Opera, in-person and livestream)

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by Nia Liat on June 26, 2022

in Theater-San Francisco / Bay Area,Virtual

Program Features Scenes from Giuseppe Verdi Masterpieces
Luisa MillerIl Trovatore and Don Carlo

Eun Sun Kim (Photo: Kim Tae-hwan)
Nicole Car (Photo: Yan Bleney)
Arturo Chacón-Cruz (Photo: Tim Chin)
Etienne Dupuis (Photo: Dario Acosta);
Soloman Howard (Photo: Jon Adjahoe)

San Francisco Opera presents Eun Sun Kim Conducts Verdi, a one-night-only concert honoring the work of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi on Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 pm at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness. Music Director Eun Sun Kim closes her first season as leader of the Company’s artistic forces, conducting the San Francisco Opera OrchestraChorus and soloists Nicole CarArturo Chacón-CruzEtienne Dupuis and Soloman Howard with current San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows soprano Mikayla Sager, tenor Edward Graves, bass Stefan Egerstrom. Chorus Director John Keene, who begins his tenure this summer, prepares the Chorus.

The concert is the sole chance to experience Kim’s conducting during the Company’s Summer Season, which includes performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s Dream of the Red Chamber. Verdi’s seminal operas Luisa MillerIl Trovatore and Don Carlo are featured on the program.

Luisa Miller, a rarely heard work from the composer’s middle period, is full of longing melodies that reflect a story centered on a couple’s love, complicated by politics. The concert continues with selections from the propulsive score of one of Verdi’s most well-known titles, Il Trovatore. The second half of the concert is dedicated to Don Carlo, a work of political intrigue, love triangles and familial duty, set during the Spanish Inquisition. The Carlo-Posa Act II duet, auto-da-fé and rarely performed ballet music (the latter from the French version, Don Carlos, composed for the Paris Opera) are among the highlights from Verdi’s grand opera which has multiple performing versions.

10:15 pm Green Room, Veterans Building

Following the concert, join Eun Sun Kim and the cast over drinks and bites in the Green Room at the Veterans Building. After-party tickets are $250. Proceeds benefit the company’s annual campaign in support of Kim’s vision for the future of opera.


Virtual tickets for the livestream of Eun Sun Kim Conducts Verdi are now on sale. The livestream option for select performances this summer enables audiences to experience San Francisco Opera from anywhere in the world. The streamed performance of Eun Sun Kim Conducts Verdi will be presented live only, beginning at 7:30pm PT on Thursday, June 30. Virtual livestream tickets for the summer season are $25 each.

For tickets, call (415) 864-3330 or visit sfopera

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