Ciao, Opera Mavens. Gird your loins, here comes the summer season!
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA www.sfopera.com 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 sfopera.com
Sun Jun 11 at 8pm, Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
OPERA ON THE SPOT www.operaonthespot.com
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 opentable.com 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 www.pocketopera.org 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
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-960-9210
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 www.cinnabartheater.org 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 www.operacultura.org 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 www.operasj.org 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
LYRIC THEATRE www.lyrictheatre.org or 408-986-1455
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) and Trial By Jury (Gilbert & Sullivan) – Two iconic comedies presented in modern day and poking fun at our lives, beliefs, fashions, and “reality” TV. Gianni Schicchi features a new English translation created for Lyric Theatre and based on a true story; Trial by Jury is Gilbert & Sullivan’s only opera without spoken dialog and presents a typical day in an English Court a la People’s Court. Note: In conjunction with this production Lyric Theatre is conducting a Food & Fund Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara / San Mateo Counties; audience members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food (no glass containers, please), cash, credit card, or check donations in the theater lobby at all performances.
Sat Jun 17 & Fri Jun 23 at 8pm; Sun Jun 18, Sat Jun 24, Sun Jun 25 at 2pm
Montgomery Theater, 271 So Market St, San Jose
Pre-show talks one hour before curtain with stage director Michael Morris and/or music director Bruce Olstad
FESTIVAL OPERA www.festivalopera.org or 925-944-9610
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) and The Seven Deadly Sins (Weill) – Exciting double-barreled program featuring soprano Hope Briggs as Nedda and tenor Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13) as Canio in Pagliacci (Michael Morgan conducting), and soprano Laura Bohn as Anna I and bass-baritone Kirk Eichelberger (OSJ 2001-03, 2005-06) as Mother in Seven Deadly Sins (Bryan Nies conducting).
Sat Jun 24 at 8pm & Sun Jun 25 at 2pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY www.sfsymphony.org or 415-864-6000
Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette – with mezzo Sasha Cooke, tenor Nicholas Phan, and tenor Luca Pisaroni; Michael Tilson Thomas conducting
Wed Jun 28, Thu Jun 29, and Fri Jun 30 at 8pm; Sat Jul 1 at 8pm
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco