Three of San Francisco Opera's biggest hits in years have been combined in an excellent box set of American opera masterpieces. Shot in sensational HD with opulent sound and fascinating behind-the-scenes features on six DVD's, these productions represent the greatest in American opera.
Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern's revolutionary Show Boat is given perhaps the definitive staging at the War Memorial Opera House - recorded live June 2014. The only DVD available of this landmark musical!
From the same era, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, restored to his rightful place on the operatic stage, is given a sensational staging, directed by Francesca Zambello. This performance is exclusive on DVD, recorded live at the Opera House, June 2009.
A new masterpiece in the American opera repertoire, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's brilliant rendering of Melville's Moby-Dick is an epic saga, capturing the excitement and drama of the great novel.
What critics say about
Moby-Dick: "Achingly beautiful, magnificently sung and gorgeously staged ... the audience responded with an eight-minute standing ovation" (Associated Press)
Porgy and Bess: "A monumental work of "choral grandeur and melodic richness" (The New York Times)