David Garner's Opera–Mary Pleasant

There's a part of history missing and it's the story of Mary Pleasant. Composer David Garner is bringing it to the world's stage through his opera "Mary Pleasant at Land's End." The world premiere workshop will take place at the Carol Hume Concert Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on January 14, 2017 at 8pm.

What do New Orleans, San Francisco, Slavery, Equal Rights, Opera, Voodoo and YOU have in common?

Through David's opera, you will meet the woman who has been unregocognized until now for her efforts and achievements in making San Francisco what it is today—the most diverse City in the world.

Poised to become the most historically relevant opera of the 21st century, we hope you will help us bring it to life for all the world to know, hear and see.

Any donation, large or small, is appreciated!

Libretto by Mark Hernandez
Conducted by Ian Robertson–San Francisco Opera Chorus Director
Directed by Heather Mathews—San Francisco Conservatory Opera Program Assistant Director
Chorus directed by Eric Choate—San Francisco Conservatory Chorus Director
Mary Pleasant–Crystal Philippi, Mezzo-soprano
Elena Walther–Marnie Breckenridge, Soprano
Artemis Dodge–Michael Jankowsky, Tenor
Ezra Landreaux–Philip Skinner, Bass-baritone
Emperor Norton–David Springhorn

With Krista Wigle, Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai, Joe Meyers, Adam Flowers, William O’Neill and Ben Brady and the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus
Pianos–Kevin Korth and Darryl Cooper
Public Relations–White Space, Inc.

We will be raising funding for the workshop from now until the curtain rises on January 14, 2017.

We are eternally grateful for your love of opera, generosity and kindness.
  • Eric Olbekson 
    • $25 
    • 61 mos
  • Emma Logan 
    • $25 
    • 64 mos
  • Jeff Kaliss 
    • $10 
    • 64 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 64 mos
  • Jou-Lu Hung 
    • $50 
    • 65 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Sheila Von Driska 
San Francisco, CA
David Garner