Ciao, Opera Mavens. Spring has sprung; don’t pass over these egg-straordinary events!
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA LAB https://sfopera.com/sfoperalab/ or 415-864-3330
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! www.liederalive.org 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 www.lyrictheatre.org 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 www.pocketopera.org 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
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY www.sfsymphony.org or 415-864-6000
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
SCHWABACHER DEBUT RECITALS
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
OPERA ON THE SPOT www.operaonthespot.com
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
MONDAVI CENTER AT UC DAVIS http://mondavi.ucdavis.edu/ or 530-754-2787
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
SF CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
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
SING FOR AMERICA www.singforamerica.org
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 cityboxoffice.com
Sun Apr 9 at 7pm, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St (at Bay), San Francisco
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org 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!