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‘Falstaff’ to Open S.F. Opera ’89 Season

A revival of the Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production of Verdi’s “Falstaff,” with Pilar Lorengar, Marilyn Horne and Thomas Stewart, opens the San Francisco Opera 1989 fall season Sept. 8.

Four new productions have also been announced: “Lulu,” staged by general director Lotfi Mansouri; Boito’s “Mefistofele,” a co-production with Geneva Opera directed by Robert Carsen and designed by Michael Levine, both in their SFO debuts; an “Idomeneo” produced by John Copley; and Vivaldi’s “Orlando Furioso,” designed and produced by Pier Luigi Pizzi.

Other works of the 10-opera season include revivals of “Otello,” “Aida,” “Madama Butterfly,” “Lohengrin,” and “Die Frauohne Schatten.”

The SFO summer season in 1989 includes Philip Glass’ “Satyagraha,” with Douglas Perry and Claudia Cummings recreating their roles from the Rotterdam premiere in 1980. Also on the summer bill are SFO-sponsored performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Kirov Ballet, the latter dancing a new production of “Sleeping Beauty” and the full-length “Le Corsaire.”

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