This season the San Francisco Performances (SFP) Vocal Series will get off to a very late start. The first of the concerts in the series will not be given until the beginning of next month, meaning that all four concerts will take place over the course of two months. This is another series that will benefit from the return to the relative intimacy of Herbst Theatre. Full details have not yet been announced, but the composers have been selected for each of the programs. All four of the concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. The specifics that are currently available are as follows:
Friday, April 8: The series will begin with the San Francisco debut of soprano Christiane Karg. Her accompanist will be pianist Malcolm Martineau, who is likely to be familiar to those who attend the Vocal Series regularly. She has selected a diverse array of composers for her debut recital here: Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy, Ottorino Respighi, Reynaldo Hahn, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel, and Manuel de Falla.
Thursday, April 14: Paul Lewis will make his second appearance this season on the Herbst stage. This time he will be accompanying tenor Mark Padmore. By way of contrast with the first program, Padmore and Lewis will focus entirely on composers setting German texts: Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, and Hugo Wolf.
Friday, May 6: Soprano Rosa Feola will make her United States recital debut. She will be replacing Anna Caterina Antonacci, who was unable to make her originally scheduled appearance on this date. Feola’s accompanying pianist will be Fabio Centanni. Her program will consist of settings of the works of great Italian poets. However, one of her composers will be the Hungarian Franz Liszt, represented by the songs he composed on three of the sonnets of Petrarch (numbers of 47, 104, and 123). Liszt would later rearrange all three of these as piano solos and include them in the second “year” (Italy) of his Années de pèlerinage (years of pilgrimage). All other composers on Feola’s program will be Italian: Giuseppe Martucci, Paolo Tosti, Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini.
Saturday, May 21: The series will conclude with a program consisting entirely of songs by Franz Schubert sung by Ian Bostridge accompanied at the piano by Wenwen Du.
Series tickets are still available for purchase. As is the case with all of the other series, the Vocal Series has its own City Box Office event page from which subscriptions may be ordered. The Premium price is $240, and subscriptions are also selling for $200 and $140. Single tickets are also on sale at the corresponding rates of $65, $55, and $40. The SFP Web page for the Vocal Series has hyperlinks for single-ticket purchases for all four concerts.