Honorary Cenacolista Kip Cranna and longtime San Francisco Opera staff member, will be joined by Bianca Friundi, curator of the Museo Italo Americano, for an audio-visual preview of the Museo’s current exhibit entitled: “Bravo: Celebrating San Francisco Opera—Its Italian Roots and Legacy.” They have both spoken to us several times and always bring us the inside scoop on Italian arts and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Clifford (Kip) Cranna
Kip Cranna, Dramaturg Emeritus of the San Francisco Opera, is an honorary Cenacolista and was named Il Cenacolo’s Man of the Year in 2006. He served on the opera staff for over forty years and was Director of Music Administration for over thirty years. In 2008 he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s highest honor, and in 2012 he received the Bernard Osher Cultural Award for distinguished efforts to bring excellence to a cultural institution. In 2014 he received the Star of Excellence Award for outstanding service to the programs of the San Francisco Opera Guild. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University. For thirty years he was Program Editor and Lecturer for the Carmel Bach Festival. He lectures and writes frequently on music and teaches at the Fromm Institute at USF and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, and Dominican University.
Bianca Friundi is the Curator and Communications Director of the Museo Italo Americano, and teaches all levels of Italian there. A native of Italy, she attended the School for Interpreters and Translators “Silvio Pellico” in Milan, and graduated from the IULM in Milan in Foreign Languages and Literature. In Italy, Bianca worked for the national consumer organization Altroconsumo, and has been with the Museo Italo Americano since 2012. She is deeply involved in the local Italian and Italian-American community, and she leads the Museo’s Italian Conversation Group.