We missed opening night at the SF Opera because of reasons. But not to worry, the first offering of the Fall season, Rigoletto is served to us in Big Gulp format: you can binge on the Verdi with a gazillion performances split among two alternating casts. Hey, the formula works on Broadway, so why not try it on Van Ness ave?

As an opera lover, we have to say that we are a bit disappointed. Instead of the typical six or seven productions in the Fall season, we'll have only five. Sure, we understand the concerns for the bottom line. Tosca later on will follow the same two-(all-star)-casts lots-of-shows schedule, because Verdi and Puccini put butts in the seats; and it must be cheaper to not rotate the sets between different prods. Oh well.