2021 | 2022 Season

Opera Parallèle presents

La Belle et la Bête

by Philip Glass

Libretto by the Composer

based on the film by Jean Cocteau

A surreal new take on a

timeless tale, fusing opera

& film live on stage.

Performances
  • July 14, 2022 – 7:30pm
  • July 15, 2022 – 7:30pm
  • July 16, 2022 – 7:30pm
  • July 17, 2022 – 3pm 

COVID HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

All audience members, staff and artists ages 12 and up must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prior to entering the Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination through a QR code generated by Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record Website, or an original physical vaccination card or photograph of it, along with a valid government issued photo ID (a Student ID for minors under the age of 18 is also acceptable). Seating in the Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ will be distanced, and masks are required for all attendees. Please be aware that singers and select instrumentalists will perform without masks.

A new presentation of the classic fairytale La Belle et la Bête blurs the boundaries of film and opera, fusing Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film with a powerful and arresting score by Philip Glass, thus honoring two of the great artistic minds of modern times. With this production Opera Parallèle will become the first company to present performances of all three operas Glass wrote in homage to Cocteau, having performed Orphée in 2011 and Les Enfants Terribles in 2017.

Once upon a time, in a world of magic and wonder, the true love of a beautiful girl finally dispelled the torment of a feral but gentle-hearted beast. Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. By transforming the characters of both the Beast and Belle from childlike figures to complex adult characters living in a surrealistic dream world, Cocteau transforms the tale into a surreal vision of death and desire while exploring themes that continue to resonate today—identity, compassion, and inner beauty. This timeless icon of cinematic wonder served as the inspiration for Philip Glass’ 1994 opera of the same name.

Cast

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Vanessa Becerra

Vanessa Becerra

'La Belle' - Soprano

Hadleigh Adams

Hadleigh Adams

'La Bête/Le Prince' - Baritone

Shawnette Sulker

Shawnette Sulker

'Félicie/Adelaïde' - Soprano

Anders Fröhlich

Anders Fröhlich

'Le Père/L'Usurier' - Baritone

Creative Team

Nicole Paiement

Nicole Paiement

Conductor

David Murakami

David Murakami

Media Designer

Brian Staufenbiel

Brian Staufenbiel

Director

Alina Bokovikova

Alina Bokovikova

Costume Designer

Jessica Bejarano

Jessica Bejarano

Assistant Conductor

Mextly Couzin

Mextly Couzin

Lighting Designer

Yayoi Kambara

Yayoi Kambara

Assistant Director & Choreographer

Composer & Film Maker

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Composer

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

Film Maker

Musicians

MANA Saxophone Quartet

MANA Saxophone Quartet

Keisuke Nakagoshi

Keisuke Nakagoshi

Keyboard & Resident Pianist

Kevin Korth

Kevin Korth

Keyboard

Jaymes Kirksey

Jaymes Kirksey

Keyboard

Supporters

Major support for Opera Parallèle has been provided by Donna Dubinsky & Len Shustek, Bob Ellis, Gordon P. Getty, Stephen & Diane Heiman, Paul L. King, Steven M. Menzies, and Denise Young.

Major institutional and corporate support has been provided by Adobe, JW & HM Goodman Family Foundation, Horizons Foundation, The Lemala Fund, Sam Mazza Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, City & County of San Francisco Grants for the Arts, and The Shenson Foundation.

The Bullhorn: Amplifying Unheard Voices received funding from a Civic Practice Grant from OPERA America’s Opera Fund.