Opera on the Couch: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

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Opera on the Couch

The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and San Francisco Opera invite you to selected performances of The Tales of Hoffman and The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

Please join SFCP program co-chairs Dr. Steven Goldberg and Dr. Milton Schaefer and colleagues for a psychological perspective of the opera at our post-performance discussion, Opera on the Couch, immediately after the following performances: The Tales of Hoffman on Sunday, June 23 at 2pm and The Gospel of Mary Magdalene on Sunday, July 7 at 2pm. Opera on the Couch will meet at Book Inc. in the Opera Plaza around 5:00 pm.

There will be time for questions, and audience members may share their thoughts on our thought-provoking operas. This event is open to the public and complimentary refreshments will be included.

 

The Tales of Hoffman

The Tales of Hoffman

Music by Jacques Offenbach
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

War Memorial Opera House
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

A sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in this marvelously melodic masterpiece. Singing the title role is tenor Matthew Polenzani, who was praised by The New York Times as "coming into his prime...singing with increasing ardor, richness and power." He is joined by the always-astonishing Natalie Dessay, who gave "a precise, luminous and impeccably controlled performance" (San Francisco Chronicle) in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor (2008), as Antonia; Hye Jung Lee, who was praised for her vocally "fierce, gleaming beauty" (San Francisco Chronicle) as Madame Mao in Nixon in China (2012), sings Olympia; in their Company debuts, Irene Roberts as Giulietta and mezzo-soprano Angela Brower, is Nicklausse, The Muse; and charismatic bass-baritone Christian Van Horn performs the villains who thwart Hoffmann's desires. Laurent Pelly (The Daughter of the Regiment, 2009) directs a new production of this richly imaginative, psychologically astute gem.

Discussant: Israel Katz, M.D. and Marc Zussman, M.D.
Moderator: Milton Schaefer, Ph.D.

 

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

The Gospel of Mary MagdaleneMusic by Mark Adamo
Libretto by the composer

War Memorial Opera House
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

She has long been condemned as a harlot, or dismissed as a minor player in a well-known sacred narrative, but ancient manuscripts discovered in recent decades tell a very different story, giving us a striking new viewpoint on Jesus' message to humanity. Mary Magdalene is placed at the center of the story in this world premiere by Mark Adamo, a "brilliant theater composer" (The New Yorker) whose Little Women is the most frequently performed new opera of the past 20 years. Kevin Newbury, lauded for his "imagination and emotional nuance" (The New York Times), directs a resplendent cast that includes Sasha CookeWilliam Burden and Maria KanyovaNathan Gunn, who possesses "a voice of stunning authority" (The New York Times), sings the role of Yeshua. Michael Christie, in his San Francisco Opera debut, conducts.

Discussant: Steven Goldberg, M.D. and Victor Bonfilio, J.D., Ph.D.
Moderator: Milton Schaefer, Ph.D.

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