The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director, ushering the first woman into the job in the company's history.
The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in August, conducting Beethoven's "Fidelio" when the 2020-21 season opens, the company said Thursday.
"From my very first moments at San Francisco Opera, I felt this was home," Kim said in a statement. She said she found "an unusual feeling of open collaboration" across the company and was honored to take on the new role.
Kim's appointment marks the latest change in musical leadership at a major American opera house. At the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Yannick Nezet-Seguin took over as music director in the 2018-19 season, following James Levine who held the position for 40 years and was fired in 2018 over allegations of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine has denied the allegations.
At the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Andrew Davis will retire as music director at the end of the next season after more than 20 years and be replaced by conductor Enrique Mazzola.
Kim succeeds Nicola Luisotti whose nine-year tenure as music director ended in 2018. She will lead the orchestra, chorus and music staff and conduct concerts and up to four productions each season in her initial five-year contract, the company said.
Born in South Korea, Kim began her career in Europe and made her U.S. debut in 2017, leading a production of "La Traviata" at Houston Grand Opera, where she was subsequently named the company's first principal guest conductor in 25 years, the statement said. She made her Washington National Opera debut last month and has upcoming performances scheduled at Los Angeles Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other companies.
The company's general director, Matthew Shilvock, said that Kim brings a unique energy to San Francisco Opera and praised her as a thoughtful leader who is artistically skilled, compassionate and has "an incredible respect for everyone in the theater."
"She leads with great vision on the podium, but also welcomes each and every person into the creative process, inviting them to do their very best work," Shilvock said in a statement. "The resulting art is spectacular."
Justin Timberlake has publicly apologized to his actress-wife Jessica Biel days after he was seen holding hands with the co-star of his upcoming movie.
The pop star and actor wrote Wednesday on Instagram that he prefers to "stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family I feel it is important to address recent rumors that are hurting the people I love."
He then wrote that in the photos and video that went viral last month of him and actress Alisha Wainwright at a New Orleans bar, he "displayed a strong lapse in judgment — but let me be clear — nothing happened between me and my costar."
Timberlake says he "drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son."
The 38-year-old Timberlake is filming the movie "Palmer" with Wainwright in New Orleans. He married Biel in 2012 and they have a son, four-year-old Silas.
Timberlake says that he's sorry to his "amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be. This was not that."
Henry Cavill is all-in on his Netflix fantasy series "The Witcher," but he says the "door hasn't closed"on a return as Superman in the DC cinematic universe.
Cavill last played the superhero in 2017's "Justice League" and it's unclear whether any upcoming movies will feature the character. There are several films based on DC superheroes in the works, including sequels to "Wonder Woman" and "Aquaman."
Cavill dons a long white wig to play monster hunter Geralt of Rivia in "The Witcher," an ambitious eight-episode adaptation of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's books. With intense magic, scheming political factions and epic battles, it's targeting the audiences that made "Game of Thrones" a worldwide phenomenon.
"I live in the fantasy genre anyway, that's my hobby. And so for me, it was always — it was always obvious. It was like yes, of course, these shows can be popular," Cavill said. "It was always a target. I always wanted to bring things like this to to the screen in one way, shape or form."
The show premieres on Netflix on Dec. 20, and production begins early next year on a second season.
The series features Cavill's Geralt engaging in intricately choreographed swordplay, relaxing in a bath and talking to his horse — all recognizable moments for fans of the acclaimed hit 2015 role-playing game "The Witcher 3." Cavill says his horse chats recalled his real-life dialogue with his American Akita dog Kal, who shows up regularly on his Instagram feed.
"That's exactly what I was channeling when I was interacting with Roach (the horse), it was 100 percent the relationship Kal and I have," he said. "Geralt may be a little harder. Generally, he's been living in a harsher world and hated by a lot of people for longer than I have."
Cavill was a fan of "The Witcher 3" before he landed the series. He says he imagined himself in the role while playing the game, which runs for dozens of hours.
"What CD Projekt Red did with the game was extraordinary," he said of the company that created the game series. "And so all the work is kind of done for you. It's all visualized in a spectacular world."
He added: "Every time I played the games, all I thought was how can I recreate this in a certain way? And where would it be possible? How is it possible? Is there anywhere in the world that looks like this?"