Ravel’s Luminous and Spellbinding Tale:
A Semi-Staged Event  

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In the semi-staged event of the season, this enchanting program explores the wonderment of youth. The fantastic world of a young imagination comes to life in a dazzling production of Ravel’s The Child and the Magic Spells. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance by an all-star cast and featuring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard! 

L’Enfant et les sortilèges is a production of Opéra National de Lyon, in partnership with L’Auditori de Barcelona.

Please note that the conductor for this program has changed. Michael Tilson Thomas has withdrawn from all engagements from June 17 until September 3, 2019 to undergo medical treatment.

Please be aware roads around Civic Center Plaza may be closed in preparation for the SF Pride Parade, held June 30. Please plan for additional travel time and congested traffic conditions.



Martyn Brabbins


Anna Christy (The Fire, The Princess, The Nightingale)


Marnie Breckenridge (The Bergère, The Screech-owl)


Ginger Costa Jackson (A Herdsman, The Chinese Cup, The White Cat)


Jennifer Johnson-Cano (Mama, The Dragonfly, The Squirrel)


Ben Jones (The Little Old Man, The Tree Frog, The Teapot)


Kelly Markgraf (The Comtoise Clock, The Black Cat)


Michael Todd Simpson (The Armchair, A Tree)


Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco
  Susan McMane, Director

San Francisco Boys Chorus
  Ian Robertson, Director

San Francisco Symphony

Grégoire Pont

Concept and Video

James Bonas

Stage Director

Thibault Vancraenenboeck

Scenic & Costume Design

Christophe Chaupin

Lighting Design

Marie-Cécile Leclerc

Stage manager



Excerpts from Children’s Corner


La Plus que lente


Allegro molto from Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor


Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maison


The Enchanted Garden from Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)


L'Enfant et les sortilèges
(The Child and the Magic Spells)


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  1. Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  2. Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  3. Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 2:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

If you would like assistance purchasing tickets for patrons with disabilities, please call the box office at 415-864-6000.

Program Support

Supported by The Barbro and Bernard Osher Staged Production Fund.

Support for this program’s vocal soloists is provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Guest Artists.