Late May to Mid-June Performances & Events

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Gird your loins, here comes the summer season!

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA  or 415-864-3330
Rigoletto (Verdi) – with baritone Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) as the hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto, soprano Nino Machaidze as his innocent daughter Gilda, tenor Pene Pati (Adler 2016-17) as the lustful Duke of Mantua, bass Andrea Silvestrelli as the assassin Sparafucile, and mezzo Zanda Švēde (Adler 2014-16) as his accomplice sister Maddalena; Nicola Luisotti (Jordi Bernàcer 7/1) conducting.
Wed May 31, Tue Jun 6, Fri Jun 9, Wed Jun 14*, Thu Jun 22*, Tue Jun 27*#, Sat Jul 1 at 7:30pm; Sun Jun 18* at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by SFCM Music History Chair Emily Laurance begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – with bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as the infamous libertine Don Juan, sopranos Erin Wall as the young Donna Anna & Ana María Martínez as the more experienced Donna Elvira, and bass-barihunks Erwin Schrott & Erik Anstine sharing the role of Giovanni’s servant Leporello; Marc Minkowski conducting.
Sun Jun 4* & Jun 11* at 2pm; Thu Jun 8*, Tue Jun 13, Fri Jun 16, Wed Jun 21*, Sat Jun 24, Fri Jun 30# at 7:30pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by cultural historian Kayleen Asbo begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance

La Bohème (Puccini) – with sopranos Erika Grimaldi & Julie Adams (Adler 2015-16) as the fragile seamstress Mimi, Ellie Dehn as her flirtatious friend Musetta, tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz as the poet Rodolfo, baritone Audun Iversen as the painter Marcello, bass-baritone Brad Walker (Adler 2016-17) as the musician Schaunard, and bass Scott Conner as the philosopher Colline; Carlo Montanaro conducting.
Sat Jun 10, Thu Jun 15*, Sat Jun 17*#, Tue Jun 20, Fri Jun 23, Thu Jun 29* at 7:30pm; Sun Jun 25* & Jul 2 at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by lecturer Laura Prichard begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance

*  OperaVision HD video projection screens featured in Balcony level for this performance
# On these dates curtain remains open during intermission as SFO staff narrate the set changeover
All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Neighborhood Night at the Opera – Treat yourself to a feast of food trucks and music as you join us in celebrating summer with a picnic in the courtyard before the evening’s performance of La Bohème.
Sat Jun 17 at 5:30pm, War Memorial Opera House Courtyard

Merola’s 60th Anniversary Gala Concert – Featuring 24 beloved Merola Program alumni including Deborah Voigt, Dolora Zajick, Quinn Kelsey, and the 2017 Adler Fellows. Tickets $60, available at
Sun Jun 11 at 8pm, Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Women Who Score – Concert featuring vocal and chamber works by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Margaret Bonds, Lili Boulanger and Bay Area composers Julie Barwick and Feona Jones performed by Aisha Campbell, Lacey Harms, Emily Thebaut, Jill Brenner, and Naomi Stine. Tickets $20 at the door, includes reception following performance!
Sun May 28 at 2:30 pm, Audre Lorde Room, Women’s Building, 3543 18th St, San Francisco

Wanderlust – With summer upon us, we all feel a little restless in our day-to-day routines; join us on a musical journey through art songs and arias that hopefully will awaken your own sense of wanderlust! Performance by young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers is a FREE event, but please make dinner reservations in advance at or by calling the restaurant at 415-252-1110.
Mon Jun 5 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco

Summer Lovin’ – During the late 18th century & early 19th centuries composers turned their attention to the expression of intense feelings in their music; this self-described “Romantic” movement depicted personification of nature, intense passionate love, the sublime, the morbid, the beautiful, and the strange. Come listen to art songs and arias by the composers of this era performed by our pop-up troupe of young artists.  Tickets: $20 at the door.
Fri Jun 9 at 7:30pm, Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco

POCKET OPERA or 415-972-8934
Roberto Devereux (Donizetti) – Treason, unrequited love, rage and revenge in the Tudor court featuring soprano Marcelle Dronkers as Elisabetta the virgin Queen of England and tenor Robert Van as Devereaux the Earl of Essex whom she adores; Donald Pippin conducts from the piano.
Sun Jun 4 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun Jun 11 at 2pm, Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, SF

Opera in the Vineyard – Our popular tradition continues with the first of two such events this summer, featuring unique performances of opera arias, show tunes, and maybe even a little cabaret in a lovely outdoor setting; this private venue is not open to the public regularly, so take this opportunity to enjoy their unique wines and beautiful gardens! Tickets: $45 per person, $340 for table of 8 ($25 of each ticket is a tax deductible donation).
Sun Jun 11 at 5pm, Nella Terra Cellars, 5005 Sheridan Rd, Sunol

CINNABAR THEATER or 707-763-8920
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) – Short & gritty, boasting one of the great tenor arias of all time, this one-act verismo tragedy is a perennial audience favorite; paired with Rhapsody of Fools, a special commissioned curtain-raising howl of a tribute to the opera presented by Clowns on a Stick. Tickets: $40/45 General Admission (in advance/at the door).
Fri Jun 9 & Jun 16, Sat Jun 10, Jun 17 & Jun 24 at 8pm; Sun Jun 11, Jun 18 & Jun 25 at 2pm
Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd No, Petaluma

OPERA CULTURA or 415-845-7216
Bless Me Ultima Workshop – Excerpts of new opera written by composer / librettist Hector Armienta (based on Rudolfo Anaya’s epic Mexican-American novel) with special guest artist Suzanna Guzman who will sing the role of Ultima. Following the presentation there will be a private-post reception; join us for refreshments to celebrate the performance and meet the artists. Tickets: Performance $15, Reception $30, available through brownpapertickets (you must purchase an “Adult-General” ticket *and* a “Private Post-Reception” ticket if you plan to attend both events)
Sun Jun 17 at 2pm, MACLA Castellano Black Box Theater, 510 So 1st St, San Jose

The Rap Opera Project We are re-imagining the art form of opera to encompass one of the primary social musical languages of today: rap. Master beat boxer / rap artist Carlos Aguirre has been working with youth to help create a narrative of their experiences living in San Jose through a new hybrid art form; this presentation of scenes from the work represents the culmination of their efforts and will include noted artists Cellista and soprano Alexandra Sessler. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Students, available through brownpapertickets
Sun Jun 24 at 7pm, MACLA Castellano Black Box Theater, 510 So 1st St, San Jose

OPERA SAN JOSE or 408-437-4450
Sonora DiVino – Tucked into the hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the exquisite grounds of La Rusticana d’Orsa private winery provide the backdrop for this one of a kind event; pairing the classical voice with wines of the region we embark on a tasting concert that includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar. Tickets: $175 per person ($75 tax-deductible); dress is summer casual (*no high heels*).
Sun Jun 18 at 3pm, La Rusticana d’Orsa Winery, Los Gatos


Added Attractions – May 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens. We’ve got more extra special stuff for you this month!

Canciones de mi pueblo – An evening of Spanish art songs presented by sopranos Maria Caycedo & Vismaya Lhi and tenors Pedro Ledesma & Jackson Beaman accompanied by Osvaldo de Leon; FREE admission.
Wed May 17 at 8pm, De Anza College Recital Hall A-11, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino

OPERA SANTA BARBARA or 805-898-3890
Brundibar (Krasa) – Fully staged production of opera written for 34 children with just one adult part, first performed in a Jewish Orphanage in German-occupied Prague; the children and composer were eventually transported to the Terezin concentration camp where the opera had over 50 more performances before the composer and most of the children perished at Auschwitz. This beautiful and moving piece is a parable of hope and justice appropriate for all ages. Tickets: $22 Adults, $7 Children (12 & under)
Sat May 20 at 2:30pm & 5pm, Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara

OPERA SAN JOSE or 408-437-4450
Hukilau – Join us for an outdoor garden fun-draiser featuring an island fare buffet with beer, wine, and our signature Hukilau cocktail; entertainment includes taiko drummers, bon odori & hula dancers, and selections from South Pacific performed by our resident & guest artists. Tickets: $160 per person ($80 tax-deductible)
Sun May 21 at 4pm, Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway, San Jose

ISLAND CITY OPERA or 510-263-8060
2018 Season Announcement Dinner Party – Company performers offer a menu of arias, duets, and ensembles from which you choose your favorites to complement the fine Italian dining. Tickets: $125 in advance ($150 at the door)
Sun May 21 at 5:30pm, C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park St, Alameda

Young Artist Concert – Program includes Songs of Travel (Vaughan Williams) performed by tenor Alexander Boyer (OSJ 2008-13), Cello Concerto in A Major (C.P.E. Bach), and premiere of I’ll Meet You There by Jason A. Bond (winner of 2017 Allan Strange Memorial Composition Prize); Anthony Quartuccio conducting.
Sun May 21 at 7pm, Trianon Theatre, 72 N 5th St, San Jose

Operatic Know-It-Alls and Smart Asses
– From Despina the maid to Sarastro the king, many opera characters have an opinion (right or wrong) re: the state of life and how to get out of sticky situations; come enjoy a cold beverage while our singers wax eloquent about life, hatch a crafty scheme, and “mansplain” their ideas until everyone’s eyes start to roll! As always, this event is FREE, with tips and donations enthusiastically accepted at the show.
Sun May 21 at 7pm (doors open at 6pm), The Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St, San Francisco

High Romance in Italy & Germany: Concert to Benefit Villa MontalvoJoin us for a midweek burst of well loved songs from around the world performed by soprano Jennifer der Torossian-Studley, mezzo Liliane Cromer, and tenor Delmar McComb accompanied by pianist Tamami Honma, violinist Julian Brown, and violist Goetz Leonhardt; held in the elegant setting of the historic Villa. Tickets: $40, available on
Wed May 24 at 7:30pm, Villa Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga


Opera, Concerts & Recitals – May 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens! May we entice you to attend some unique & unusual performances this month?

Berlioz’s Requiem – One of the most extraordinary works ever written performed by over 400 musicians including tenor Paul Groves and the SFS Chorus directed by Ragnar Bohlin; Charles Dutoit conducting.
Thu May 4, Fri May 5 & Sat May 6 at 8pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA or 415-864-3330
ARIA Festival: Youth Voices for Change – SFO’s Education Department presents its second annual ARIA (Arts Resources in Action) festival and community open house featuring performances of original works created by students along with interactive workshops, hands-on crafts, and film presentations. FREE and open to the public, but registration is encouraged; click here for details.
Sat May 6, 10am-5pm, Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Monthly Formal Chamber Concert – Program includes vocal works by Donizetti, Menotti, and R.Strauss; reception with the artists and light refreshments following the concert. FREE and open to the public.
Sun May 7 at 7pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto

Music and Nationalism – Musical Nationalism emerged in the late 19th century in response to political independence movements at that time; composers would often incorporate aspects of national identity into their music, using folk songs, rhythms, and even current political events. Join us to discover more about this beautiful era and musical movement! Performance by young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers is a free event, but please make dinner reservations in advance at or by calling the restaurant at 415-252-1110.
Mon May 8 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco

Sisters and Friends Concert USAThe Sopianos (Keiko Kagawa, Yuko Matsumoto, Mayumi Ashiya, and Kazuko Oishi) with guest artist baritone Michael Taylor perform a program of opera arias plus French, German, and Japanese art songs. For more information call 408-250-3004 or email
Sat May 13 at 6:30pm, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 12770 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga

Opera San José 2017-18 Season Overview with General Director Larry Hancock and OSJ Resident Artists. Admission: FREE for SJOG and JCC members, $10 for non-members. Shabbat Lunch to follow; for lunch reservations contact Cherie Ravel at or 408-357-7462.
Fri May 19 at 10am, JCC of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd, Los Gats

Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo (Handel)Acis and the sea-nymph Galatea are deeply in love; after the violently jealous cyclops Polyphemus murders Acis, Galatea’s true devotion turns her into an immortal river spirit. This Italian precursor to the composer’s English oratorio Acis and Galatea features daring, experimental sound colors and extraordinary vocal writing for a mezzo (Sara Hagenbuch as Aci), pants-role soprano (Ellen Presley as Galatea), and bass-baritone (Ben Brady as Polifemo); semi-staged with orchestra.
Sun May 21 at 7:30pm. Christian Science Organization, 2601 Durant Ave, Berkeley
Sat May 27 at 7:30pm. Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Rd, San Jose
Sun May 28 at 3pm. Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S El Monte Ave, Los Altos

POCKET OPERA or 415-972-8934
Xerxes (Handel) – In the midst of war with the Greeks the zany Persian monarch’s mind is entirely fixated on getting the girl; he threatens, cajoles, and schemes but ultimately commits a stupid blunder that gets her married to the wrong man (the one she wanted all along). Performed in concert in Italian.
Sun May 21 a 2pm, Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, SF
Sun May 28 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

Music of Remembrance: to open myself, to scream – Newly-commissioned multi-media work on the Holocaust experience of Roma artist Ceija Stojka; this electroacoustic work by American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian combines live chamber music with electronic recording and imagery by Syrian artist Kevork Mourad, plus works by Lori Laitman, Betty Olivero, and a collection of Yiddish songs written in the Vilna Ghetto, featuring mezzo Catherine Cook (Adler 1991-92) and instrumentalists from the Seattle Symphony. Click here for more info & tickets.
Wed May 24 at 7:30pm, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco

OPERA PARALLELE or 415-503-6279
Les Enfants Terribles (Glass) – Paul (baritone Hadleigh Adams, Adler 2013-14) and Lise (soprano Rachel Schutz), a brother and sister inextricably connected through loss, live in a world of wild creativity and sometimes dangerous imagination. This hybrid dance-opera spectacle is the last in the composer’s trilogy based on the works of Jean Cocteau; teaming up with choreographer Amy Seiwart and Media Designer David Murakami, Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel will create a multi-dimensional film experience that interacts with the performers on stage.
Fri May 26 at 7:30pm, Sat May 27 at 2pm & 7pm, Sun May 28 at 2pm
Caroline Hume Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St, San Francisco

WEST BAY OPERA or 650-424-9999
Salome (R.Strauss) – A sensuous score paired with Oscar Wilde’s provocative poetry capture the raw power of this fascinating story loosely based on a biblical story. Starring soprano Heather Green as the petulant adolescent Salome, mezzo Michelle Rice as her mother Herodias, tenor David Gustafson as her lecherous stepfather Herod, and bass-baritone Isaiah Musik-Ayala (OSJ 2009-12) as the doomed prophet Jokanaan, object of Salome’s obsession. Co-production with Escenia Ensemble of Mexico City; directed by Ragnar Conde, Jose Luis Moscovich conducting.
Fri May 26 & Sat Jun 3 at 8pm, Sun May 28 & Jun 4 at 2pm
Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Free preview with piano: Thu May 18 at 8pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Post-show cast discussion: Sun May 28

VERISMO OPERA or 707-864-5508
Carmen (Bizet) – Drenched with passion, love, and violence, set in Seville during the turbulent Spanish Civil war, and filled with songs you’ve heard all your life on radio, TV, and movies! Fully staged with chamber orchestra and English supertitles in an intimate setting.
Sat May 27, Jun 3, 10, 17 & 24 at 7:30pm
Sun May 28, Jun 4, 11, 18, & 25 at 2pm
Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave, Vallejo

Concert Celebrating the 204th Birthday Anniversary of Richard Wagner – Pianists Steven Bailey and William Wellborn perform an all-Wagner program; festive reception to follow immediately after concert. See website for more information and registration.
Sun May 28 at 4pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco

Abraham in Flames – Sneak peek at a new opera conceived by librettist Niloufar Telebit with NYC-based composer Aleksandra Vrebalov and SFO staff director Roy Rallo, inspired by the Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou and written for the Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco, Merola Opera Program artists, and musical ensemble including SF’s The Living Earth Show. The opera will have workshop performances in October and premiere in the 2018-19 season. Click here for tickets and more information.
Wed May 31 at 8pm, Gallery 308, Fort Mason, San Francisco


April Added Attractions – Special Events & Performances

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Some bunny delivered a lot of egg-stra goodies for you this month!

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 ( or 209-931-2445).
Fri Apr 21 at 6pm, Stockton Golf & Country Club, 3800 Country Club Blvd, Stockton

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

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
Thu Apr 20 at 7pm, Marines Memorial Theatre Lobby, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco

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

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

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

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
Thu May 4 at 8pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek (Tickets: 925-943-7469 or
Sun May 14 at 3pm, Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts (Tickets: 415-227-4797 or

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

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

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
Fri Apr 28 at 8pm, Saratoga Civic Center

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; 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 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 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

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 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 or call 510-865-5060 for more info.
Sat Apr 29 at 8pm, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2543 Blanding Ave, Alameda

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 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

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


Here’s One Which Slipped Thru the Cracks

Ciao, Opera Mavens. How we missed this important opera education event coming up this Sunday Mar 26, I just don’t know. (Whew! This is our first mistake this year. Now can rest assured we’ll be error-free the rest of the year.)



Come and experience a lovely musical offering of arias and art songs performed by the much-acclaimed young artists of San Francisco Opera Guild’s very own Opera Scouts. These teen performers, graduates of the Guild’s Summer Conservatory program, and aspiring professional singers, are at the heart of the Guild’s education mission. Please join us at the cordial Serbian Orthodox Church as they perform the works of Verdi, Schubert, Handel, and more!

After the Scouts’ presentation, we will enjoy a delicious potluck buffet supper provided by East Bay Chapter volunteers. Complimentary wine will be served.

Tickets are $45 per person, $30 tax deductible. Proceeds from this event will benefit the K through 12th grades education programs of San Francisco Opera Guild, as well as young singers in the Adler Fellowship and Merola Opera programs. Everyone is welcome! For more information and a registration form, contact Silvia Lin at 925-838-9255 and, or visit

To learn more about Opera Scouts, visit


Late March & Early April – Performances & Special Events

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Spring has sprung; don’t pass over these egg-straordinary events!

Hands-On Opera – Our first pop-up event outside of San Francisco! An evening of interactive operatic mischief curated by Aria Umezawa and featuring performances by SFO Adler Fellows, followed by dancing with a live DJ. Tickets $25
Thu Mar 23 at 7:30pm, Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

LIEDER ALIVE! or 415-561-0100
Brahms & Schumann – Mezzo Kindra Scharich, bass Kirk Eichelberger (OSJ 2001-03, 2005-06), and pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg (Adler 2015-16) perform works by Brahms (Vier ernste Gesänge) and Schumann (Wilhelm Meister Lieder). Presented in partnership with the Rossmoor Opera Club. Tickets $25 at the door
Sun Mar 26 at 2pm, Tahoe Room of Event Center, Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek

LYRIC THEATRE or 408-986-1455
Gilbert & Sullivan Festivity – FUNdraiser of innocent merriment with auction items and musical entertainment; bid on your chance to sing your favorite G&S songs on stage! Tickets $20
Sat Apr 1 at 8pm, Montgomery Theater, 271 So Market St, San Jose

POCKET OPERA or 415-972-8934
Daughter of the Regiment (Donizetti) – Marie is discovered in infancy on the battlefield and adopted by the regiment who becomes her collective parents; all goes well for seventeen years until her real parentage is identified and a tug of war ensues. Will her newly found “aunt” succeed in the daunting task of turning Marie into a proper lady? Or will the call of romance and friendship prove the stronger?
Sun Apr 2 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun Apr 9 at 2pm, Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, SF

Soprano Deborah Voigt with the Danish National Orchestra – Program includes Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony; Fabio Luisi conducting.
Sun Apr 2 at 8 pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Unique opportunities to hear gifted young singers up close in an intimate setting; see them now, before they become world-famous! Presented by the SF Opera Center & Merola Opera Program.
Baritone Sol Jin with pianist Kirill Kuzmin
Sun Apr 2 at 5:30pm
Mezzo-soprano Renee Rapier, bass Anthony Reed with pianist John Churchwell
Sun Apr 9 at 5:30pm
Soprano Amina Edris, tenor Amitai Pati, baritone Andrew G. Manea with pianist Warren Jones
Sun Apr 30 at 5:30pm
Tickets $30 per concert; available through SFO Box Office (415-864-3330)
All performances in Atrium Theater, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, SF

Spring Into Song! – Young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers performing art songs and arias that talk about the beauty of spring and the earth and all the feelings that they evoke this time of year.  Performance is free, but dinner reservations are recommended; please call the restaurant (415-252-1110).
Mon Apr 3 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, SF

Tenor Michael Fabiano – Recital in a cabaret setting, allowing fans a rare opportunity to enjoy his artistry in an intimate setting.
Thu Apr 6 at 8pm, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus

Spring Opera – Nothing says opera like Puccini and Massenet. SFCM presents a double bill of two one-act operas by these romantic-era masters, Le portrait de Manon and Suor Angelica—one, a story of love and determination, and the other, a tale of secrets from within a Florentine convent. Offering both the serious and the lighthearted, these performances have it all. $15 students, seniors, and SFCM members / $20 general admission
Fri Apr 7 at 7:30pm and Sun Apr 9 at 2pm SFCM Hume Concert Hall 50 Oak St., SF

Celebrating the ‘70s – Featuring music from the 1770s (Mozart, Haydn, Salieri), 1870s (Bizet’s Carmen, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Verdi’s Aida, Gilbert & Sullivan), and 1970s (Broadway shows by Kander & Edd, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber plus rock masterpieces by Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Queen). Please join us for a very special night of music and help SFA chorus members support a variety of wonderful causes. Tickets $45, available through
Sun Apr 9 at 7pm, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St (at Bay), San Francisco

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La boheme (Puccini) – The magic of the Parisian Latin Quarter captured in the story of an impoverished & sickly seamstress who finds love & happiness with a band of young bohemian friends. Featuring sopranos Sylvia Lee as the delicate Mimi & Vanessa Becerra as Musetta the good-time girl, tenor Kirk Dougherty as the poet Rodolfo, baritones Matthew Hanscom as the painter Marcello & Brian James Myer as the musician Schaunard, and bass-baritone Colin Ramsey as the philosopher Colline; Joseph Marcheso & Andrew Whitfield conducting.
Sat Apr 15, Thu Apr 20, Fri Apr 28 at 8pm; Sun Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30 at 3pm
FREE 60-minute Introduction to the Opera Talks by General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before each performance
All performances at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose

Enjoy…and stay tuned for Added Attractions later next month!