Ciao, Opera Mavens. Some bunny delivered a lot of egg-stra goodies for you this month!
STOCKTON OPERA GUILD www.stocktonopera.org/guild.html
An Evening in Venice – Annual gala with musical program and raffle; proceeds fund our support of local opera productions and Kathe Underwood Scholarships for promising young opera singers. $100 per person; for more info or reservations contact Victoria Shankel (firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-931-2445).
Fri Apr 21 at 6pm, Stockton Golf & Country Club, 3800 Country Club Blvd, Stockton
SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD www.sjoperaguild.org
Annual Champagne Brunch – Join us for a gourmet spring brunch, silent auction, raffle, and outstanding entertainment from Opera San José resident artists Colin Ramsey, Brian James Myer, Matt Hanscom, and Sylvia Lee with pianist Veronika Agranov-Dafoe. $70 for members, $80 for non-members; see website for more info and reservation form.
Sat Apr 22 at 11:30am, La Rinconada Country Club, 14595 Clearview Dr, Los Gatos
HUMANITIES WEST www.humanitieswest.net
Cleopatra’s Lament and Other Lost Operas – Ars Minerva artistic director Celine Ricci and harpsichordist Derek Tam perform the aria lament from de Castrovillari’s long-lost Baroque opera and discuss Ars Minerva’s upcoming season. Tickets: $25, available through cityboxoffice.com
Thu Apr 20 at 7pm, Marines Memorial Theatre Lobby, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco
PRESIDIO CLASSICAL CONCERTS 415-447-6274
Songs for an Evening in Spring – Soprano Erin McOmber, mezzo Susanna Ketron, baritone Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06), and pianist James Welch take you on a musical stroll from War Memorial Opera House to Golden Gate Theater performing selections from Barber of Seville, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Rusalka, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Phantom of the Opera, and more. Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $5 Children; limited seating, reservations recommended (please call number above)
Thu Apr 20 & Fri Apr 21 at 7:30pm, Main Post Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio of San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC www.sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Opera Workshop – Voice students explore the many facets of opera in stagings directed by faculty members and conducted by Curt Pajer; FREE and open to the public.
Fri Apr 21 at 7:30pm and Sat Apr 22 at 2pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
Mavra (Stravinsky) and Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)– Fully staged productions by Historical Performance Department and Voice students, directed by Heather Mathews and Jose Maria Condemi; Curt Pajer and Corey Jamason conducting. FREE, no tickets or reservations required.
Fri Apr 28 at 7:30pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
STAGE MUSICAL ARTS http://www.ndnu.edu/arts-events/music/
The Music of Henry Mollicone – In honor of a notable birthday, we will celebrate the music and career of this local composer by performing excerpts from his operas along with selected works from his catalog of songs, sacred choral pieces, and piano solos; a birthday celebration / reception will follow the concert. Call 650-508-3429 for more info.
Sun Apr 23 at 2pm, Cunningham Chapel, College of Notre Dame de Namur, 1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont
LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797
A Song to Sing, O! The Gilbert & Sullivan Story – Fascinating story of the artistic collaboration of Gilbert & Sullivan as told in their own words through their letters and diaries, with musical highlights from all 13 of their comic operas.
Sat Apr 22 at 8pm & Sun Apr 23 at 2pm, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco (Tickets: 415-392-4400 or cityboxoffice.com)
Thu May 4 at 8pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek (Tickets: 925-943-7469 or lesherartcenter.org)
Sun May 14 at 3pm, Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts (Tickets: 415-227-4797 or brownpapertickets.com)
GREEN MUSIC CENTER AT SONOMA STATE gmc.sonoma.edu or 866-955-6040
Bass-baritone Eric Owens & pianist Myra Huang – Program to include selections by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel and Verdi, as well as Loewe, Rogers, Porter and Weill.
Sun Apr 23 at 3pm, Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA LAB https://sfopera.com/sfoperalab/ or 415-864-3330
ChamberWORKS – Revel in a new music experience as members of the SFO Orchestra present and perform an intimate and eclectic evening of music and song. Tickets: $25 General Admission
Thu Apr 27 at 8pm, Taube Atrium Theater, 4th floor, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, SF
BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA www.bslopera.com
Werther (Massenet) – Based on Goethe’s semi-autobiographical novel (The Sorrows of Young Werther) which sparked such an extreme reaction from an entire generation that young people committed suicide as a consequence of their passionate association with a supposedly fictional character. Starring tenor Gregory Spears as the title character and mezzo Liliane Cromer as Charlotte, the object of his affections and obsession; Michael Di Giacinto conducting. Tickets: $25 General Admission, $20 Seniors & Students, $7 Children; available through brownpapertickets.com
Fri Apr 28 at 8pm, Saratoga Civic Center
OPERA ON TAP SAN FRANCISCO www.operaontap.org/san-francisco/
La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) – Story of jealousy, betrayal, and forgiveness featuring exquisite music sung in Italian with narration in English. Tickets: $25, available through eventbrite.com; presented in collaboration with Symphonia Caritas,100% of proceeds go to support the Gubbio Project.
Fri Apr 28 and Sat Apr 29 at 8pm, St John’s the Evangelist, 1661 15th St, San Francisco
CAL PERFORMANCES www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510-642-9988
The Temple of Glory (Rameau) – For the first time since 1745, see the original version of this French opera-ballet with libretto by Voltaire; performed by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (directed by Bruce Lamott & conducted by Nicholas McGegan) with soloists from Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and dancers from New York Baroque Dance Company in a lavish, fully staged & costumed spectacle.
Fri Apr 28 & Sat Apr 29 at 8pm, Sun Apr 30 at 3pm; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus
OPERA SANTA BARBARA www.operasb.com or 805-898-3890
La Rondine (Puccini) – A woman with a past is given a second chance when she falls in love with a young student. Featuring sopranos Karin Wolverton as Magda (“The Swallow”) & Elizabeth Kelsay as her maid Lisette, tenors Adam Diegel as the student Ruggero & James Callon (OSJ 2012-14) as the poet Prunier, and baritone Peter Lindskoog as Magda’s protector Rambaldo; Kostis Protopapas conducting.
Fri Apr 28 at 7:30pm & Sun Apr 30 at 2:30pm, Granada Theatre, 1330 State St, Santa Barbara
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD https://sfopera.com/Opera-Guild/
How Andy Found His Voice – Four singers & one pianist present a 50-minute comic yet poignant participatory performance for students grades 4-10 that explores issues of bullying & personal identity while introducing the elements of opera. Tickets $10, available through eventbrite,com
Sat Apr 29 at 10am, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
ISLAND CITY OPERA www.islandcityopera.org or 510-263-8060
Night at the Opera – Local favorites Eileen Meredith, Buffy Baggott, Peter Girardot, and Bill Pickersgill sing selections from Don Quixote, Madame Butterfly, Porgy and Bess, Turandot, Rusalka, and many more! Tickets $25 in advance, $35 at the door; available through rhythmix.org or call 510-865-5060 for more info.
Sat Apr 29 at 8pm, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2543 Blanding Ave, Alameda
SACRAMENTO PHILHARMONIC AND OPERA www.sacphilopera.org or 916-808-2000
La Traviata (Verdi) – Even a doomed love cannot be denied! Opera returns to Sacramento with soprano Jennifer Black as the consumptive courtesan Violetta, tenor Yongzhao Yu as her lover Alfredo, and baritone Sol Jin as his father Germont; Jose-Luis Gomez conducting.
Sat Apr 29 at 8pm, Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St, Sacramento
GOLDEN GATE OPERA www.goldengateopera.org or 415-339-9546
The Boy Who Grew Too Fast (Menotti) – Unique one-act opera empowering kids to stand up to bullying in school, presented in collaboration with Musica Marin. Tickets: Gold $50, Adults $30, Students $20, Children $15; call 415-473-6800 to purchase or 415-370-1722 for more information.
Sun Apr 30 at 2pm & 4pm, Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
OPERA THEATER UNLIMITED www.operatheaterunlimited.com or 541-680-7660
48-Hour Opera Festival – In just over 48 short hours teams of composers, writers, directors, and singers collaborate to create totally original 10-15 minute operas, then bring these new works to life in performance. Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors or Under 30; available through vendini.com