It's a Wonderful Life: a new holiday tradition for the opera world

Although based on the beloved Frank Capra film, I didn’t know quite what to expect from a “family-friendly holiday” opera. I most certainly did not expect to be completely overwhelmed and moved to the point of tears, which flowed freely from a heart inexplicably opened by the sheer aching beauty of every sound uttered by South African soprano Golda Schultz (making her SF Opera debut), and from the universal, yet deeply personal resonance of the lyrics, so perfectly crafted by librettist Gene Scheer.
A glowing review of San Francisco Opera's celebrated new version of the opera It's a Wonderful Life, by Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer.
Jan 21, 2018