In 2019, San Francisco’s acclaimed Merola Opera Program will present its first commissioned work in the program’s 62-year history, the world premiere of the new full-length opera, If I Were You, by distinguished American composer Jake Heggie and noted librettist Gene Scheer. This ground-breaking work will be presented August 1 – 6, 2019, at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.
Join us Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 pm for a 90-minute exploration of the music and development of If I Were You, led by lively opera experts Dr. Clifford Cranna (dramaturg) and Gene Scheer (librettist).
This is a free event, sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
About If I Were You
Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer who yearns for a way out of his stifling existence, would sell his very soul to be somebody else. Brittomara, the devil, offers him a supernatural power. By singing a secret phrase, Fabian will be able to transfer his soul into another person’s body and live their life. Thus begins the perilous journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his lost soul from person to person in search of a more fulfilling identity.
Event Type(s): Performance, Library Program
Age Group(s): Adults (18+), Seniors
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