2014 - 2015 Opera on the Couch

2014 – 2015 Opera on the Couch

The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and San Francisco Opera invite you to a selected performance of Partenope.

Please join SFCP program co-chair Dr. Milton Schaefer, PhD and colleagues for a psychological perspective of the opera at our post-performance discussion, Opera on the Couch, immediately after the following performances: Partenope on Sunday, November at 2:00pm.

Immediately following the performances, Opera on the Couch will meet at Book Inc. in the Opera Plaza . There will be time for questions, and audience members may share their thoughts on our thought-provoking operas. These discussions are FREE and open to the public .




Disguises and cross-dressing reveal deep truths about the human heart in Handel’s brilliantly entertaining comedy about Queen Partenope and her three royal suitors, which features one of his greatest scores. In his Olivier Award-winning production, director Christopher Alden moves the action to 1920s Paris, and the results are never less than riveting. Baroque music specialist, Julian Wachner, leads a superb cast featuring Danielle de Niese, “A voice seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals” (The New York Times); David Daniels (Xerxes, 2011), who has a dramatic flair especially well-suited to Handel’s bursts of vengeance or frenzy” (The New York Times); and Daniela Mack, “a purringly elegant BMW of a singer” (Daily Telegraph, London).


November 2, 2014

Discussants: Israel Katz, MD and Milton Schaefer, PhD




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