Ciao, Opera Mavens! May we entice you to attend some unique & unusual performances this month?
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY www.sfsymphony.org or 415-864-6000
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 www.sfopera.com 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
FORTNIGHTLY MUSIC CLUB www.fortnightlymusicclub.org
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
OPERA ON THE SPOT www.operaonthespot.com
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 opentable.com or by calling the restaurant at 415-252-1110.
Mon May 8 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco
SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY OPERA www.communityopera.com
Sisters and Friends Concert USA – The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat May 13 at 6:30pm, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 12770 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga
SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD www.sjoperaguild.org
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 email@example.com or 408-357-7462.
Fri May 19 at 10am, JCC of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd, Los Gats
BLACK BOX BAROQUE www.blackboxbaroque.com
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 www.pocketopera.org 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
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC www.sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
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 www.operaparallele.org 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 www.westbayopera.org 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 www.verismoopera.org 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
WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA www.wagnersf.org
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
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL www.sfiaf.org
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