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


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


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

OPERA SAN JOSE or 408-437-4450
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!

Opera San Jose presents West Coast Premiere of Silent Night

Ciao, Opera Mavens! We wanted to give you a heads-up on several very special events presented in conjunction with OSJ’s Silent Night next month:

Symposia – Four consecutive sessions:
Panel 1 Contemporary Opera in America (2:00-2:40pm)
Members of the local media discuss issues surrounding contemporary opera
Jim Sohre, Opera Today
Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
Mark Streshinsky, West Edge Opera
Panel 2 Designing Silent Night (2:50-3:30pm)
Members of Opera San José’s creative team discuss the challenges and inspiration behind the sets, costumes, and lighting designs for Silent Night.
Michael Shell, Stage Director
Steven Kemp, Set Designer
Pamila Z. Gray, Lighting Designer
Panel 3 WWI: Contemporary Perspectives (3:50-4:35pm)
Gerard Seelig will conduct a Q&A with William Perry about Mr. Perry’s book, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink.
William Perry, Former United States Secretary of Defense
Gerard Seelig, Opera San José Board Member
Panel 4: Meet the Creators of Silent Night (4:45-5:25pm)
Composer Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell and conductor Joseph Marcheso discuss the creative process that gave birth to Silent Night.
Kevin Puts, Composer
Mark Campbell, Librettist
Joseph Marcheso, Conductor
Tickets: $20 for all four sessions, includes light refreshments
Fri Feb 10, Third Floor Rehearsal Hall

Post-Symposia Cocktail Reception – Meet the panelists after the final session; need not attend symposia to attend reception (separate tickets required). Tickets: $50
Fri Feb 10 at 6pm, Market Street Lobby

General Director’s Dinner – Join General Director Larry Hancock for our annual black-tie evening on the stage of the California Theatre. This year’s celebration, on the set of Silent Night, is your chance for a true insider’s opera experience and to toast, with new friends and old, Pulitzer-prize winning composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell. Tickets: $500
Fri Feb 10, doors open at 6:30pm, dinner served at 7:30pm

Opening Night Post-Performance Reception – With cast members & cash bar. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Sat Feb 11 at 11pm

All events at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
For more information go to or call the OSJ Box Office (408-437-4450)


Operas, Concerts, Recitals & Special Events – January 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens! We’ve got a bunch of unique performances and a couple of special events for you to kick off the New Year:

January Birthday Bash – This month we celebrate the birthdays of Chausson, Duparc, Mozart, Pergolesi, Poulenc, Schubert, and others; young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers present some of these composers’ best works. Performance is FREE, come early to enjoy a drink beforehand or call the restaurant (415-252-1110) for a dinner reservation.
Mon Jan 9 at 7pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco

Das klagende Lied (Mahler) – Semi-staged presentation of cantata about a dark fairy tale kingdom where two brothers battle for a queen’s love; featuring soprano Joelle Harvey, mezzo Sasha Cooke, tenor Michael Konig, and baritone Brian Mulligan; Michael Tilson Thomas conducting.
Fri Jan 13 & Sat Jan 14 at 8pm, Sun Jan 15 at 2pm
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Mary Pleasant at Land’s End (Garner) – Full piano / vocal workshop of new opera (with libretto by SFCM alumnus Mark Hernandez) set in the historical Barbary Coast of San Francisco, which promises to be the first major opera to come out of a Conservatory for over a hundred years. Cast includes many well-known SFCM alumni, members of the SFO Chorus, and current Conservatory students; conducted by SFO Chorus Director Ian Robertson. FREE, no tickets required.
Sat Jan 14 at 8pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco

ISLAND CITY OPERA or 510-263-8060
Don Pasquale (Donizetti) – Crafty Norina and her lovesick beau Ernesto outwit his swaggering uncle, the Don, with help from the wily Dr. Malatesta; finally, an opera where the soprano comes out on top! Starring soprano Eileen Meredith, tenor Sergio Gonzalez, baritone Igor Viera, and bass-baritone Bojan Knezevik (Adler 1995) in the title role; directed by Erin Neff with Philip Kuttner conducting.
Preview Tickets (General Admission): $25 Adults, $10 Students (ages 13-21 with student ID), Free for Children (12 and under)
Regular Performance Tickets: $60 Front Row Café or Large Table Seats, $45 Reserved Sofa Seats
Wed Jan 18 (Preview), Fri Jan 20, Fri Jan 27 at 7:30pm; Sun Jan 22 & Jan 29 at 2pm
Anchor Society Lectures held one hour prior to curtain
Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda

FRESNO GRAND OPERA or 559-442-5699 and
TOWNSEND OPERA or 209-523-6426
Concert Series – Recital of popular arias, duets, and classical art songs featuring the two leads of our main stage production of Our Town, soprano Sarah Shafer (seen at SFO as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Rosetta in Two Women, and Mary Lenox in The Secret Garden) and tenor Jonas Hacker (Grand Finalist, 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions)
Tickets: $25 Reserved Seating, $10 General Admission
Tue Jan 5 at 7:30pm, Deva Café, 1201 J St, Modesto
Tue Jan 24 at 7:30pm, Mia Cuppa Caffé, 620 E. Olive Ave, Fresno

Our Town (Rorem) – Opera based on Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American playwright Thornton Wilder, utilizing pleasant melodies and tonal harmonies to honor a time when our lives were simpler. Featuring soprano Sarah Shafer as Emily Webb, mezzo Laura Krumm (Adler 2012-13) as Mrs. Webb, tenors Jonas Hacker as George Gibbs and Alex Mansoori (Merola 2009) as the Stage Manager, and baritone Zeffin Quinn Hollis as Mr. Webb; Ryan Murray conducting.
Sat Jan 21 at 7:30pm & Sun Jan 22 at 2pm, Gallo Center, 1000 I St, Modesto
Sat Jan 28 at 7:30pm & Sun Jan 29 at 3pm, Veterans Auditorium, 2425 Fresno St

WEST EDGE OPERA or 510-841-1903
Snapshot: New Opera by NorCal Composers and Librettists – Excerpts from eight previously unproduced operas performed by renowned local singers and accompanied by a chamber orchestra comprised of members of SF contemporary music ensemble Earplay led by Mary Chun and Jonathan Khuner. Program 1 cast includes sopranos Chelsea Hollow, Ann Moss & Kristen Princiotta, mezzos Buffy Baggott, Kindra Scharich & Shawnette Sulker, tenor Jacob Thompson, and baritone Jason Sarten. Program 2 cast includes sopranos Amy Foote & Julia Hathaway, mezzo Molly Mahoney, tenors Darron Flagg & Joe Meyers, and baritone Daniel Cilli (OSJ 2006-10). Brief video interviews with Snapshot’s composers and librettists will air before each excerpt, and an open panel discussion will follow each program. Tickets: $35 General Admission
Program 1:
Sat Jan 21 at 8pm at David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley *and*
Sun Jan 22 at 3pm, Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, San Francisco
Program 2:
Sat Feb 25 8pm at David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley *and*
Sun Feb 26 at 3pm, Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, San Francisco

LIEDER ALIVE! or 415-561-0100
Mozart & Erickson BirthdayFest! – With soprano Heidi Moss, violist Paul Yarbrough, and pianist Kurt Erickson
Fri Jan 27 at 7pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco

Silver Jubilee Concert & Dinner – See website for details
Sat Jan 28 at 5pm, The Club at Ruby Hill, Pleasanton

POCKET OPERA or 415-972-8934
40th Anniversary Season Gala Luncheon & Auction – See website for details
Sun Jan 29 at 12:30pm, Green Room, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Blvd, SF