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From SFB's website:

Opening Night Gala Performance - Thursday, January 19, 2012


Composer: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Yuri Possokhov

Conductor: Martin West

Jaime Garcia Castilla, Diego Cruz, Isaac Hernandez, Steven Morse, Benjamin Stewart, Matthew Stewart

Pas de deux from THE DANCE HOUSE

Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich

Choreography: David Bintley

Conductor: Martin West

Sarah Van Patten*, Tiit Helimets, Pascal Molat


Composer: George Frideric Handel

Choreography: Val Caniparoli

Conductor: Martin West

Damian Smith


Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Conductor: Martin West

Vanessa Zahorian, Davit Karapetyan*

Pas de deux from CONTINUUM©

Composer: Gyorgi Ligeti

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Conductor: Martin West/Pianist: Michael McGraw

Sofiane Sylve*, Vito Mazzeo*

Pas de deux from FLAMES OF PARIS

Composer: Boris Assafiev

Choreography: Vassili Vainonen

Conductor: Martin West

Frances Chung, Taras Domitro



Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreography: Hans van Manen

Gennadi Nedvigin, Garen Scribner*, Hansuke Yamamoto*

San Francisco Ballet Premiere


Composer: Johann Strauss II

Choreography: Sir Frederic Ashton

Conductor: Martin West

Maria Kotchetkova*, Joan Boada*

San Francisco Ballet Premiere

Pas de deux from LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS

Composer: Frédéric Chopin

Choreography and Lighting Design: John Neumeier

Conductor: Martin West/Piano soloist: Roy Bogas

Yuan Yuan Tan, Alexander Riabko+

+Guest Artist courtesy of Hamburg Ballet


Composer: Michael Torke

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Conductor: Martin West

Elana Altman, Dores Andre

Courtney Elizabeth, Dana Genshaft

Isaac Hernandez, Pascal Molat

Ruben Martin Cintas, Anthony Spaulding

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It was a glorious night at the Opera House. Hard to pick just one favorite. In the first half, Damian Smith in Aria and Frances Chung and Taras Domitro in Flames of Paris stick out in my mind. In the second half, the trio of men in Solo Gennadi Nedvigin, Garen Scribner, and Hansuke Yamamoto) and Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada in Voices of Spring. What a vision when Joan had Maria lifted as she scattered petals!! And I was very happy to see Solo again. I first saw the piece at the final performances of Stephen Legate, Yuri Possokhov, and Peter Brandenhoff - what a tour de force for the men who dance it!!

Can't wait for the regular season to begin. Onegin on 2/1!!!

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