Ciao, Opera Mavens. Gotta love a short month with lotsa opera!
GREEN MUSIC CENTER AT SONOMA STATE gmc.sonoma.edu or 866-955-6040
Renée Fleming in concert with pianist Harmut Höll
Sat Feb 3 at 7:30 pm, Weill Hall, Sonoma State campus
LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797
The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan) – Two handsome gondoliers suddenly become kings; humor and exuberance abound as they attempt to adjust to their new social status.
Feb 2 at 8pm, Feb 3 at 2pm & 8pm, Feb 4 at 2pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (Tickets: 415-978-2787 or ybca.org)
Feb 9 at 8pm, Feb 10 at 2pm, Feb 11 at 2pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek (Tickets: 925-943-7469 or lesherartscenter.org)
Feb 17 at 8pm & Feb 18 at 2pm, Mtn. View Center for Performing Arts (Tickets: 650-903-6000 or mvcpa.com)
OPERA ON THE SPOT www.operaonthespot.com
Crazy In Love – Celebrate Valentine’s Day a bit early by listening to some opera characters sing of undying love, betrayal by love, or the madness that comes with love. Enjoy drinks and/or dinner during the show; performance by young, classically trained singers is a free event, but please make reservations in advance by calling the restaurant at 415-252-1110.
Mon Feb 5 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco
TOWNSEND OPERA www.townsendopera.com or 209-523-6426
Valentine’s Recital – An evening of delicious food & romantic music; Sandra (née Rubalcava, OSJ 2001-04) & Christopher Bengochea (OSJ 2005-08) sing duets by great composers.
Fri Feb 9 at 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30 for refreshments)
Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St, Modesto
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
The Flying Dutchman (Wagner) – One of the composer’s earliest operas, based on the ancient legend of the immortal Dutchman (baritone Noel Bouley) who is cursed to sail the world until he can find someone who will love him until death. Featuring soprano Kerriann Otaño as his redeeming heroine Senta, tenor Derek Taylor as her frustrated suitor Erik, and bass Gustav Andreassen as her greedy father Daland, all in their OSJ debuts; Joseph Marcheso & Andrew Whitfield conducting.
Sat Feb 10, Thu Feb 15, Fri Feb 23 at 8pm; Sun Feb 11, 18, 25 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
OPERA PARALLELE www.operaparallele.org or 415-503-6279
At The Statue of Venus (Heggie) & Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) – One story, two operas: both works explore personal relationships & the struggles experienced in one’s quest for happiness. Cast includes Abigail Levis, Renée Rapier (Adler 2012-13), Krista Wigle, Kyle Albertson (Merola 2006), Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06), Bradley Kynard, and Andres Ramirez; Nicole Paiement conducting.
Thu Feb 15 & Fri Feb 16 at 7:30pm
Sat Feb 17 & Sun Feb 18 at 3pm & 7:30pm
All performances at SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St, San Francisco
CAL PERFORMANCES www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510-642-9988
Soprano Dorothea Röschmann and pianist Malcolm Martineau perform a program of songs by Schubert, Mahler, Schumann, and Wagner.
Fri Feb 16 at 8pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley campus
WEST BAY OPERA www.westbayopera.org or 650-424-9999
Fidelio (Beethoven) – Florestan (tenor Brent Turner) is imprisoned for his attempt to expose the corrupt Don Pizarro (baritone Krassen Karagiozov, OSJ 2008-12); Florestan’s wife Leonore (soprano Meredith Mecum), disguised as a young man who calls himself Fidelio, gets herself hired into the prison and works tirelessly to free her husband and other political prisoners. Beethoven’s only opera is an ode to freedom and the power of the human spirit, and a reminder that a single person can make a difference. José Luis Moscovich conducting.
Feb Fri 16 & Sat Feb 24 at 8pm; Sun Feb 18 & 25 at 2pm
Post-show discussion with cast: Sun Feb 18
Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Free preview with piano: Thu Feb 8 at 8pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES www.sfperformances.org or 415-392-2545
Music With Changing Parts (Glass) – As part of a year-long celebration of his 80th birthday, Philip Glass and The Philip Glass Ensemble return to SF Performances for a rarely heard performance of an iconic early work including students from the SF Conservatory of Music and SF Girls Chorus.
Tue Feb 20 at 7:30pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness, SF
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CENTER http://sfopera.com/about-us/opera-center/
Schwabacher Recital Series – Merola alums Jana McIntyre & Andrew G. Manea perform a Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch accompanied by pianist John Elam.
Wed Feb 21 at 7:30pm, Taube Theater, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness, SF
WEST EDGE OPERA www.westedgeopera.org
Snapshot – Presenting excerpts from new, previously unproduced operas by West Coast composers and librettists. Inaugurated in 2017, the program is the first of its kind in the Bay Area; this year will showcase a diverse group of artists and operas.
Sat Feb 24 at 8pm, Odd Fellows Hall, 2288 Fulton St, Berkeley
Sun Feb 25 at 3pm, Taube Theater, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness, SF
VERISMO OPERA www.verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508
Tosca (Puccini) – Love, lust, jealousy, deception, torture, murder, and suicide, all in one opera! Performed by rotating casts with chamber orchestra in an intimate setting; Jonathan Khuner & Michael Moran conducting.
Sat Feb 24, Mar 3, Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24, Mar 31 at 7:30pm
Sun Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25, Apr 1 at 2pm
Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo