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.

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Lofti Mansouri in 1997.

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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)

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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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