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If I Were You- World Premiere

Merola Opera Program

Merola Opera Program If I Were You- World Premiere

An opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer
Loosely based on the novel Si j’étais vous by the French-American writer Julien Green, If I Were You is a contemporary story of identity with echoes of classical literature, from Faust to Jekyll and Hyde. The lead character is Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer who yearns for adventure and a way out of his stifling existence. Brittomara, a shape-shifting devil, appears to him in many guises, finally offering Fabian a supernatural power that will allow the writer to transfer his soul into other people’s bodies, living their lives as their own souls languish in a shadowy netherworld. Thus begins the journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his increasingly lost soul from person to person in search of a better identity, leaving a trail of human wreckage and hollow shells. Performances in English (with supertitles).
Tickets are on sale through the SF Opera Box Office located at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, by phone at (415) 864-3330 or at

  • Venue: Herbst Theatre
  • Date: Tue August 6, 2019 7:30pm
  • City: San Francisco
  • Price Range: $35 to $80; 10% off tickets with code SFCV
  • Tickets: (415) 864-3330
Additional Dates:
Thu August 1, 2019 7:30pm
Herbst Theatre
Sun August 4, 2019 2:00pm
Herbst Theatre
Sat August 3, 2019 2:00pm
Herbst Theatre

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Jake Heggie

If I Were You