By Logan Martell
San Francisco Opera Museum at San Francisco International Airport has unveiled its new exhibition, “San Francisco Opera: A Centennial Celebration.”
On view through August 13, 202, the exhibit captures the company’s history through selections of costumes, stage props, set models, videos and archival photographs from the collections of SFO, the Museum of Performance + Design, and the Metropolitan Opera Archives.
Highlights of the exhibit include the cape and hat worn by tenor Beniamino Gigli in their 1923 production of “Romeo et Juliette,” soprano Kristen Flagstad’s Brunnhilde costume from their 1935 “Die Walkure,” the military costume worn by soprano Lily Pons in their 1940 production of “La Fille du Regiment,” “the dress soprano Dorothy Kirsten wore in their production of “Manon,” and Leontyne Price’s costume from their 1981 production of “Aida.”
“SFO Museum is delighted to feature the history of San Francisco Opera during the Company’s Centennial Season,” said SFO Museum’s Curator of Exhibits Daniel Calderon in an official press release. “San Francisco Opera is such an important cultural and artistic institution, and their story is both local and international. With their support, along with loans from the Museum of Performance + Design and the Metropolitan Opera Archives, SFO Museum has assembled a vibrant exhibition of costumes, photographs and artifacts that span almost a century of opera history. We know the exhibition will spur the interest of our traveling public and hope it will make new opera fans in the coming months.”