Opera on the Couch 2013 - 2014

Opera on the Couch 2013 - 2014

Opera on the Couch is an ongoing collaboration between SFCP and  the San Francisco Opera, in which analysts present psychoanalytically informed post-performance discussions of the opera with interested audience members.  Discussion with the audience follows the prepared presentations.  Opera on the Couch discussions begin as soon as possible following the opera performance, and take place at Books, Inc. in the Opera Plaza complex. The discussions are free of charge and open to the public, and anyone interested in psychoanalysis and/or opera is invited to attend and to participate in the discussion.

Steven Goldberg and Milton Schaefer, Co-Chairs

Dolores Claiborne

 

Dolores Claiborne

An opera by Tobias Picker
Libretto by J. D. McClatchy

Based on the novel Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
By arrangement with Andrew Welch · Commissioned by San Francisco Opera

Desperate. Passionate. Trapped. Dolores Claiborne is willing to do whatever it takes to save herself and her daughter—even if that means taking a life. One of the most compelling characters to emerge from the imagination of Stephen King, the feisty Maine housekeeper is a natural fit for opera—and specifically for the dark theatricality of American composer Tobias Picker, who "embraces opera as a populist art form" and "does so with undeniable skill" (The New York Times). Memorably played by Kathy Bates in the 1995 movie, Dolores will be sung by Patricia Racette (Sep 18, 22, 25, 28), "an artist at the peak of her powers" (Opera News) and Catherine Cook (Oct 1, 4), a singer who knows how to "delight with a treasure chest of voice and gesture" (Bay Area Reporter). This chilling work features a libretto by poet J. D. McClatchy. "Expert conductor" George Manahan is at the podium (Financial Times) and the "imaginative" and "inspired" James Robinson directs (The Wall Street Journal).

 

September 22, 2013

Discussants: Milton Schaefer, Ph.D. and Reyna Cowan, Psy.D.
Moderator: Steven Goldberg, M.D.
Location:
  War Memorial Opera House
  401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

 

The Flying Dutchman

 

The Flying Dutchman

MUSIC BY RICHARD WAGNER
Libretto by the composer

NEW PRODUCTION 

In Wagner's first masterpiece, a ship's captain is condemned to endlessly travel the seas under a curse that can only be broken by a woman's love. This mythic tale of bleak isolation and the promise of salvation will be told through inventive imagery, conveying a distinct sense of the supernatural. The "masterful" Patrick Summers (Houston Chronicle) conducts a cast of outstanding Wagnerians led by Greer Grimsley, who thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences as "a thunderous and dramatically compelling Jokanaan" in 2009's Salome (San Francisco Chronicle), and Petra Maria Schnitzer, who sings with "creamy tone, lyrical grace (a rarity in Wagner) and earthy top notes" (The New York Times). Petrika Ionesco, who brought "a handsome combination of grandeur and expressive intimacy" (San Francisco Chronicle) to Cyrano de Bergerac(2010), directs a production he also designed. Presented in celebration of the Wagner bicentennial year.

 

November 3, 2013

Discussants: Lee Rather, Ph.D. and L. Eileen Keller, Ph.D.
Moderator: Steven Goldberg, M.D.
Location:
  War Memorial Opera House
  401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

 


 

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