WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Composer John Adams and librettist-director Peter Sellars discuss their newest collaboration with San Francisco Opera general director Matthew Shilvock. With a libretto drawn from original sources by Sellars, Girls of the Golden West explores the dramatic and often brutal stories of pioneers on California's Gold Rush frontier during the early 1850s. This discussion will also include set designer David Gropman along with J'Nai Bridges and Hye Jung Lee, accompanied by pianist John Churchwell. San Francisco Opera was a co-commissioner of The Death of Klinghoffer and presented the work in November 1992, commissioned Doctor Atomic for premiere in 2005, presented Nixon in China in June 2012, and commissioned Girls of the Golden West to be presented in November 2017.