With San Francisco Opera (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Pretty Woman (1990)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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51 Metascore

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 267,259 | Gross: $178.41M

2. Blue Jasmine (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama

7.3
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78 Metascore

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins

Votes: 182,573 | Gross: $33.41M

3. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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84 Metascore

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

Votes: 157,967 | Gross: $31.84M

4. Moby-Dick (2013)

142 min | Music

7.6
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Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Patrick Summers, Jay Hunter Morris, Stephen Costello, Morgan Smith

Votes: 5

5. La Bohème (1988 TV Movie)

116 min | Drama, Romance, Music

8.6
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Gino Quilico, Stephen Dickson

Votes: 59

6. Salome (2012)

Drama, Music

6.5
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Stars: Garrett Sorenson, Elizabeth DeShong, Andrew Funk, Bojan Knezevic

Votes: 6

7. Lucrezia Borgia (2013)

184 min | Music

8.9
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In this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece, a femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son. ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Renée Fleming, Michael Fabiano, Elizabeth DeShong, Vitalij Kowaljow

Votes: 8

8. The Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' (2013)

180 min | Music

8.5
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George Gershwin miraculously melded classical music, popular song, jazz, blues and spirituals in this quintessentially American masterpiece that tells the poignant story of a crippled ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Eric Owens, Laquita Mitchell, Lester Lynch, Michael Austin

Votes: 15

9. Madama Butterfly (2010)

165 min | Drama, Music

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The heroine of this beloved opera finds herself faced with a dreadful choice: life without dignity or death with honor. Hear some of Puccini's most soaring and captivating music in this classic story of colliding hearts and cultures.

Stars: Patricia Racette, Brandon Jovanovich, Zheng Cao, Stephen Powell

10. Orlando furioso (1990 TV Movie)

146 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.4
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Marilyn Horne, Susan Patterson, Kathleen Kuhlmann, Sandra Walker

Votes: 14

11. Samson et Dalila (I) (1981 TV Movie)

122 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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While the rest of the Hebrews bewail their fate, Samson alone trusts in God's promise of liberty. Abimelech, the Philistine satrap of Gaza, enters to mock the Hebrews' God, proclaiming the ... See full summary »

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, Wolfgang Brendel, Kevin Langan

Votes: 26

12. Ruslan and Lyudmila (1996 TV Movie)

211 min | Mystery, Drama, Romance

8.5
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Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka's magical masterpiece in its entirety, inspired by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin's poem of a Russian tale. An evil sorcerer Chernomor casts a spell over wedding ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Hulscher | Stars: Mikhail Kit, Anna Netrebko, Vladimir Ognovenko, Larissa Diadkova

Votes: 43

13. Capriccio (1993 TV Movie)

144 min | Drama, Music

8.4
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Director: Peter Maniura | Stars: Kiri Te Kanawa, Håkan Hagegård, Tatiana Troyanos, Victor Braun

Votes: 9

14. La Rondine (2009)

150 min | Music, Romance

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A thoroughly Italian work inspired by Viennese operetta, this rarely performed Puccini gem tells the story of love between a kept woman from high society and a naïve younger man of moderate... See full summary »

Stars: Angela Gheorghiu, Misha Didyk, Anna Christy, Gerard Powers

15. Doctor Atomic (2007 TV Movie)

Drama, Musical

6.6
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The first act takes place about a month before the bomb is to be tested, and the second act is set in the early morning of July 16, 1945. During the second act, time frequently slows down ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sellars | Stars: Gerald Finley, Jessica Rivera, Eric Owens, Richard Paul Fink

Votes: 21

16. Don Giovanni (2010)

185 min | Music

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The Don Juan legend crackles to life in the hands of the world's most well-known composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Carefully balancing brilliant comedy with heaping amounts of seduction ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Oren Gradus, Elza van den Heever, Mariusz Kwiecien, Kristinn Sigmundsson

17. Kern: Show Boat (2015 Video)

144 min | Music

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Stars: Heidi Stober, Michael Todd Simpson, Bill Irwin, Patricia Racette

18. Boris Godunov (2013)

180 min | Music

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In this Mussorgsky masterpiece, a Russian czar is haunted by a horrible act he committed years earlier. The concise original version of the opera, focusing on the emotional disintegration ... See full summary »

Director: Christine Strand | Stars: Kenneth Kellogg, Samuel Ramey, Valery Portnov, Nicolai Janitzky

19. Aida (II) (1981 TV Movie)

163 min | Drama, Music

7.7
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Margaret Price, Luciano Pavarotti, Stefania Toczyska, Simon Estes

Votes: 28

20. L'africaine (1988 TV Movie)

189 min | Drama, Music

7.8
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, Ruth Ann Swenson, Justino Díaz

Votes: 19

21. Il Trittico (2009)

300 min | Music

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This evening of one-acts is like a lavish three-course dinner, prepared by a master and promising something for everyone's taste. Not since 1952 had San Francisco audiences had the rare ... See full summary »

Director: Christine Strand | Stars: Paolo Gavanelli, Tamara Wapinsky, David Lomeli, Patricia Racette

22. Mefistofele (2014)

140 min | Music

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A forlorn, aged philosopher sets out on a perilous course when he makes a deal with the Devil in this monumental treatment of the Faust tale--an enticingly impressive production from the San Francisco Opera.

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Ildar Abdrazakov, Ramón Vargas, Patricia Racette, Erin Johnson

23. The Magic Flute (2007)

Music

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Filled with ritual and symbolism, Mozart's final masterpiece is a playful but profound look at man's search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom and virtue. From the virtuosic arias ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley M. Garner | Stars: Piotr Beczala, Kathleen Hatch, Dina Kuznetsova, Christopher Maltman

24. I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2014)

135 min | Music

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Bellini's radiant retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a beacon in the bel canto tradition. San Francisco Opera's co-production features two of the greatest voices in bel canto ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Nicole Cabell, Joyce DiDonato, Saimir Pirgu, Eric Owens

25. Les Contes d'Hoffmann/The Tales of Hoffmann (2013 TV Movie)

183 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance

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In a tavern in Nuremberg, the young poet Hoffmann recounts his three unfortunate love stories to his friend Nicklausse. The Tales of Hoffmann, here in the fairy production of Giancarlo del ... See full summary »

Director: Louise Narboni | Stars: Orquestra Simfònica, Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Stéphane Denève, Michael Spyres

26. Samson and Delilah (2008)

180 min | Drama, Music

5.1
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The definitive Delilah of our day, Olga Borodina has been praised by Allan Ulrich in the San Francisco Chronicle for her "gloriously voluptuous singing." The Russian mezzo-soprano reprises ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Clifton Forbis, Olga Borodina, Eric Jordan, Richard Walker

Votes: 7

27. Aida (I) (2013)

Music

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The grandest of grand operas, and a brilliant balance of spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy. A bitter love triangle plays itself out against a backdrop of war and cultural ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Marcello Giordani, Hao Jiang Tian, Dolora Zajick, Micaela Carosi

28. The Asian Diaspora: More or Less Chinese (2010– )

Documentary

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Stars: Donna Bertaccini, Peter Hwang II, Corky Lee, Cynthia Lee

29. Tosca (II) (2009)

125 min | Music

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An idealistic artist, a celebrated singer and a corrupt police chief engage in a fierce battle of wills in this tempestuous tale of cruelty and deception. With its themes of political ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Marco Armiliato, Lado Ataneli, Jordan Bisch, Kenneth Kellogg

30. Andrea Chénier: Live from the Royal Opera House (2015)

174 min | History, Musical, Romance

7.2
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Director: Jonathan Haswell | Stars: Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Zeljko Lucic, Denyce Graves

Votes: 9

31. The Elixir of Love (2009)

158 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

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Donizetti's charming comedy is a celebration of innocence, so what setting could be better than a small Italian-American community in the Napa Valley, circa 1915? In this ingenious update, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Ramón Vargas, Inva Mula, Alessandro Corbelli, Giorgio Caoduro

32. Otello (2012)

Drama, Music

7.6
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In Verdi's masterful adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy, a great warrior discovers the one weapon against which he has no defense-his own jealousy. South African tenor Johan Botha, "... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Johan Botha, Zvetelina Vassileva, Marco Vratogna, Beau Gibson

Votes: 5

33. La Gioconda (1979 TV Movie)

Drama, Music

8.4
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Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti, Stefania Toczyska, Margarita Lilova

Votes: 5

34. The Rake's Progress (2008 TV Movie)

Musical

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Director: Benoît Vlietinck | Stars: Laura Claycomb, Andrew Kennedy, William Shimell, Julianne Young

35. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2011 TV Movie)

300 min | Music

9.4
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Director: François Roussillon | Stars: Mats Almgren, Graeme Broadbent, Alasdair Elliott, Gerald Finley

Votes: 5

36. Lucia di Lammermoor (2009)

168 min | Drama, Music

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The emotionally fragile Lucia is driven to madness when manipulated to marry a man she does not love. Featuring the most famous mad scene in the repertory and full of ravishingly beautiful ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Natalie Dessay, Giuseppe Filianoti, Gabriele Viviani, Oren Gradus

37. Le coq d'or (2003 TV Movie)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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Director: Thomas Grimm | Stars: Albert Schagigullin, Ilya Levinsky, Andrei Breus, Ilya Bannik

Votes: 15

38. San Francisco Opera: Così fan tutte (2013 Video)

5 min | Short, Musical

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Stars: Susannah Biller, Ellie Dehn, Francessco Demuro, Christel Lötzsch

39. La Bohème (I) (2009)

123 min | Music

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Nicola Luisotti, San Francisco Opera's music director and a master of the Italian repertoire, conducts Puccini's most beloved opera. This heartwarming story of starving artists falling in ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zamacona | Stars: Norah Amsellem, Piotr Beczala, Angela Gheorghiu, Oren Gradus

40. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: A Streetcar Named Desire (1998)

166 min | Music

7.6
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Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Renée Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Judith Forst, Rodney Gilfry

Votes: 45

41. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: San Francisco Opera: Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito (1989)

Not Rated | 160 min | Music

8.7
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Samuel Ramey, Gabriela Benacková, Dennis O'Neill, Judith Christin

Votes: 35

42. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Turandot (1994)

123 min | Music

8.2
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Éva Marton, Michael Sylvester, Lucia Mazzaria, Kevin Langan

Votes: 27

43. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: The Dangerous Liaisons (1994)

139 min | Music

8.2
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Renée Fleming, David Hobson

Votes: 14

44. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: The Merry Widow (2002)

Music

7.9
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Directors: Christine Clark Bradley, Gary Halvorson | Stars: Yvonne Kenny, Bo Skovhus, Angelika Kirchschlager, Curtis Sullivan

Votes: 19

45. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Doctor Atomic (2008)

184 min | Musical

7.8
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Composer John Adams re-creates the tension at Los Alamos, 1945, the night before the first atom bomb is tested. Gerald Finley portrays Dr. Oppenheimer; the first act ends with a ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Gerald Finley, Sasha Cooke, Eric Owens, Richard Paul Fink

Votes: 16

46. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: R. Strauss: Capriccio (2011)

150 min | Musical

7.0
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Which is greater among the arts, poetry or music? The opera explores that question in an allegorical tale: the Countess (Fleming), is torn between two suitors, the poet Olivier (Russell Braun) and the composer Flamand (Joseph Kaiser).

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Renée Fleming, Russell Braun, Joseph Kaiser, Peter Rose

Votes: 16

47. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Il Trovatore (2011)

143 min | Musical

8.5
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The gypsy Azucena has harbored a grudge for thirty years, but she is about to have revenge at last. Meanwhile, her son Manrico is in love with Leonora, but so is his arch-enemy, the Count Di Luna. A pot-boiler, where every tune is a hit.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Marcelo Álvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Dolora Zajick

Votes: 24

48. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Il Trovatore (2015)

Musical

8.4
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Stefan Kocán, Maria Zifchak, Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Votes: 19

49. Gregory Porter's Popular Voices (2017)
Episode: Showstoppers (2017)

59 min | Documentary, History, Music

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Gregory begins his exploration of the singing voice by looking at how opera, gospel, falsetto and the modern melisma have produced showstopping performances that have shaped modern music.

Director: John Williams | Stars: Gregory Porter, Aldo Mancusi, Stephen Costello, Clarke Peters

50. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2019)

Musical

9.0
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An actress and a princess vie for the same man; a bouquet of poisoned violets ends the competition.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Gianandrea Noseda, Matthew Polenzani, Sarah Joy Miller, Ambrogio Maestri

Votes: 14


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