Opera on the Couch: Dolores Claiborne

Opera on the Couch

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

Opera's Name: Dolores Claiborne
(learn more at SF Opera website)
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Time: Discussions begin as soon as possible following the opera performance
Location: Opera Performance will be at:
War Memorial Opera House
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107
Discussions will be at:
Books, Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107
Discussants: Milton Schaefer, Ph.D. and Reyna Cowan, Psy.D.
Moderator: Steven Goldberg, M.D.


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).



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