Ildar Abdrazakov

Ildar Abdrazakov

Ildar Abdrazakov to open San Francisco Opera 13/14 season in title role of Mephistopheles
August 8, 2013
On September 6, Ildar plays the menacing title role in a season-opening production of Arrigo Boito’s Mephistopheles under the direction of Robert Carsen. The cast of this resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust, which was last staged at the War Memorial Opera House 19 years ago, also includes Ramón Vargas, a tenor “in ravishing voice” (Financial Times) as the philosopher who sells his soul to the Devil and the “luminous, compelling” Patricia Racette (Washington Post) as the woman he desires. Music Director Nicola Luisotti will be on the podium. Repeat performances take place on September 11, 14, 17, 20, 24, 29, and October 2.

San Francisco Opera – BRAVO! Gala Tickets


San Francisco Opera – BRAVO! Gala Tickets.

“Mephistopheles—September 6, 2013
Celebrate BRAVO! CLUB’s 22nd Annual Opening Night Gala in True Faustian Fashion!

The evening will begin on the heavenly side with a Champagne Promenade Reception on the elegant outdoor Loggia of the Opera House, followed by the opening night performance of Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust, Mephistopheles. Following the performance give in to the temptation of worldly delights and join us for a devilish good time at Jardinière featuring a sumptuous spread of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and dancing into the night!

A monumental work of “choral grandeur and melodic richness” (The New York Times), Mephistopheles is Boito’s emotionally thrilling, philosophically rich version of the Faust story featuring the most striking portrait of the Devil in the entire musical repertoire. Last seen in San Francisco more than 20 years ago, Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production returns as one of the most impressive productions ever staged at the War Memorial Opera House.”

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Ukrainian Day ~ San Francisco ~ Golden Gate Park


Ukrainian Day


Slava Ukrayini! Glory to Ukraine!

Ukrainian-American Friendship & Heritage Day, San Francisco / August 23, 2013 — The Ukrainian Flag has flown from the Mayor’s Balcony at City Hall since 1962 and this year is no exception. The 2013 Ukrainian Flag-Raising Ceremony is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2013. It is a short, quiet event that you can watch from Civic Center Plaza, across the street from the Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco. [Directions]

Ukrainian Day in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco / August 25, 2013– The 14th annual Ukrainian-American Day Concert with the Golden Gate Park Band will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This free* outdoor concert at the Music Concourse Bandshell (Spreckels Temple of Music) is to celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence –
Concert Program