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The San Francisco Opera’s 100th Season: Celebrating Italian Roots – Kip Cranna

September 15, 2022 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The San Francisco Opera’s 100th Season

Neapolitan conductor Gaetano Merola, aided by San Francisco’s Italian community, founded the San Francisco Opera a century ago. For its 100th season, the Company has planned a rich variety of the innovative and the traditional, with two newly-commissioned works, new productions of old favorites, and established European operas that had their American premieres in San Francisco in years past. As is traditional, Kip Cranna, honorary Cenacolista and San Francisco Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus will help prepare us for all this in his preview of the coming season using audio and video examples with subtitles.

Clifford (Kip) Cranna, Dramaturg Emeritus, served on the staff of the San Francisco Opera for over forty years, thirty of which was as Director of Music Administration. 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.  For thirty years, he was Program Editor and Lecturer for the Carmel Bach Festival. He holds a BA in music from the University of North Dakota and a PhD in musicology from Stanford University, and lectures and writes frequently on music, teaches at the Fromm Institute at USF and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley and Dominican University, and moderates the SF Opera Guild “Insight” panel discussions.


September 15, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Il Cenaacolo SF


Lunch, noon @ SFIAC / ZOOM 1PM
1630 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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