Lotfi Mansouri, 84, Opera Troupe Director, Dies – NYTimes.com (September 2013)

Lotfi Mansouri, 84, Opera Troupe Director, Dies – NYTimes.com.

Lotfi Mansouri, 84, Opera Troupe Director, Dies

Published: September 1, 2013

Lotfi Mansouri, the Iranian-born opera director and manager who ran the San Francisco Opera and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and pioneered the use of synchronous translations in performances, died on Friday at his home in San Francisco. He was 84.

Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera

Lofti Mansouri in 1997.

Arts Twitter Logo.

The cause was complications of pancreatic cancer, the San Francisco Opera said.

Mr. Mansouri, a spirited and innovative artist and showman, led the San Francisco company as general director from 1988 until 2001. Though it was facing rough times financially in 1993, he commissioned a new work, Conrad Susa’s “Dangerous Liaisons.” In 1996, he staged a celebrated revival of Stewart Wallace’s “Harvey Milk” after that opera had received unfavorable reviews in New York.

Before that, he spent 12 years as general director of the Canadian Opera Company…(link to NYTimes Article)

View Lotfi Mansouri interviewing Masha here

Out of Tradition ~ Runway Show

Sunday Sep 29 2013
‘Fashion, Ukrainian Style’ Benefit Runway show!
Calling all fashionistas! Mark your calendars for the exciting runway show “FASHION, UKRAINIAN STYLE”! Designers from Ukraine and the US will showcase their wearable art – couture apparel and jewelry – at a benefit for the Museum. Get into the excitement of a runway show, hobnob with the designers and models, participate in a silent auction, and enjoy the tasty treats at the Viennese cafe reception.

The Ukrainian Museum
222 East Sixth Street
(between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
New York, New York 10003
Tel: 212.228.0110


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.”

Visit us in the Opera Gift Shop!
All Masha Archer designs at a 25% discount!

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