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Four Saints in Three Acts

YBCA Performing Arts




On the occasion of SFMOMA's landmark exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde and YBCA's Bay Area Now 6, SFMOMA in association with YBCA presents a new production of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera, Four Saints in Three Acts. This newly commissioned production revives the energy of the original with a collaboration among video and performance artist and Guggenheim Fellow Kalup Linzy, composer and musicologist Luciano Chessa, and the multimedia-based Bay Area contemporary chamber opera Ensemble Parallèle (production design by Brian Staufenbiel and conducted by Nicole Paiement). Based on Thomson's final score, the reimagined work pairs this landmark opera with the premiere of A Heavenly Act, a new opera-installation by Chessa, with video and performance by Linzy and libretto by Stein. Please note, there will be no late seating for this performance. More Details »