Ciao, Opera Mavens. Enjoy a cornucopia of opera this month!
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA www.sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
Manon (Massenet) – Starring soprano Ellie Dehn in her role debut as the impressionable Manon, tenor Michael Fabiano as her ardent young lover Chevalier des Grieux, baritone David Pershall as Manon’s playboy cousin Lescaut, and bass James Creswell as the Chevalier’s disapproving father Comte des Grieux; Patrick Fournillier conducting.
Sat Nov 4, Tue Nov 7, Fri Nov 10, Thu Nov 16*#, and Wed Nov 22* at 7:30pm; Sun Nov 19* at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by author & educator Marcia Green begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance.
Turandot (Puccini) – The perennial favorite returns with soprano Nina Stemme as the ice princess Turandot, tenor Brian Jagde (Adler 2010-12) as her dauntless suitor Calaf, bass Soloman Howard as his aging father Timur, and soprano Leah Crocetto (Adler 2009-11) as the slave girl Liu who teaches everyone the true meaning of love; Christopher Franklin conducting.
Sat Nov 18 & 25, Tue Nov 28, Wed Dec 6*#, and Sat Dec 9* at 7:30pm; Sun Dec 3 at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by music history professor Robert Hartwell begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance.
Girls of the Golden West (Adams) – WORLD PREMIERE by composer John Adams and librettist / director Peter Sellars. Young people from all over the world flock to Gold Country hoping to strike it rich but are quickly caught up in the greed and prejudices of a rapidly changing world: Dame Shirley (soprano Julia Bullock), an East Coast transplant chronicling life in the camp; Ah Sing (soprano Hye Jung Lee, Merola 2010), a Chinese immigrant working as a prostitute but dreaming of a better life; Ned Peters (bass-baritone Davóne Tines), a cowboy and former slave who never quite feels safe; Clarence (bass-baritone Ryan McKinny), a young miner with a brutal temper; and Josefa Segovia (mezzo J’Nai Bridges), a young Mexican barmaid whose act of self-preservation will change them all forever; Grant Gershon conducting. Note: This opera contains violence, adult themes, and sexual content; not recommended for children under 13, parental discretion advised.
Tue Nov 21, Fri Nov 24, Wed Nov 29, Sat Dec 2, Tue Dec 5*, Thu Dec 7*# at 7:30pm; Sun Nov 26* & Dec 10 at 2:30pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by SFO dramaturg Kip Cranna with special guest Peter Sellars (except Dec 7) begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance.
* OperaVision HD video projection screens featured in Balcony level for this performance
# On these dates, the curtain will be open during intermission as a staff member narrates the live set changeover
All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
La rondine (Puccini) – Featuring sopranos Amanda Kingston as the courtesan Magda and Elena Galván as her maid Lisette, tenors Mason Gates as the poet Prunier and Jason Slaydon as Magda’s idealistic young lover Ruggero, and baritone Trevor Neal as Magda’s patron Rambaldo; Christopher Larkin conducting.
Sat Nov 11, Thu Nov 16, 21 at 8pm; Sun Nov 12, 19 & 26 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 Haus – OSJ’s Arias in the Office program culminates with a mash-up of electronic house music and opera hosted by DJ G-ROY and members of OSJ’s resident company. Enjoy free food, beer and wine including gourmet fried chicken wings from food truck West Wing. FREE and open the general public, but RSVP is required (click here) and availability is limited. Note: Alcohol will be served; this event is restricted to guests 21+ years of age.
Fri Nov 17 at 7pm, OSJ Rehearsal Hall, 2149 Paragon Dr, San Jose
VERISMO OPERA www.verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508
La Boheme (Puccini) – An aspiring poet falls in love with a fragile seamstress; their intense passion is matched by only by their youthful idealism, but can their tender relationship survive the cruelties of life? Charming camaraderie and sincere emotional truth make the characters among the most appealing in opera. Tickets: $30 General, $20 Seniors & Students, Children under 12 yrs FREE.
Sat Nov 4, Nov 11 & Nov 18 at 7:30pm and Sun Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12 & Nov 19 at 2pm
Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo
LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE www.leftcoastensemble.org or 415-617-5223
Death and a Knight – Double feature of works by Kurt Rohde and Tom Laqueur: West Coast Premiere of Never was a knight… (singspiel about the interior life of Don Quixote) plus new production of Death With Interruptions (in which Death falls in love with a cellist). Don’t miss these two 21st century masterpieces featuring soloists from Volti, San Francisco’s premiere new music chorus: Nikki Einfeld (Adler 2004-05), Joe Dan Harper, and Daniel Cilli (OSJ 2006-10). Tickets available through ovationtix.com.
Sat Nov 4 at 7:30pm & Sun Nov 5 at 2pm, Z Space, 450 Florida St, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC www.sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
San Francisco Songs – Tour the city’s history through songs written about the Gold Rush, belle époque, earthquake and fire of 1906, rebuilding the city, Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, and Gay Twenties; performed by SFCM students with faculty Corey Jamason at the keyboard. FREE, no tickets or reservations required.
Sun Nov 5 at 4pm, SFCM Recital Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
Staying Afloat: A Benefit Recital for the People of Puerto Rico – Join us for a night of music performed by SFCM students that celebrates, consoles, and uplifts the spirit; program includes works from Delibes’s Lakmé, Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Die Winterreise, R.Strauss’s Zueignung, and Heggie’s I Shall Not Live in Vain. Tickets: $10 suggested donation; 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross’s Puerto Rico Relief Fund.
Mon Nov 6 at 8:30pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
Opera Scenes – Performed by SFCM students under the direction of Curt Pajer, Heather Mathews, and Jose Maria Condemi. FREE, no tickets or reservations required.
Fri Nov 10 at 7:30pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
A.C.T. www.act-sf-org or 415-749-2228
Refuse The Hour – West Coast Premiere of a fantastical exploration of time; multimedia chamber opera conceived by and starring renowned South African artist William Kentridge as a companion to his five-channel video installation The Refusal of Time at SFMOMA. Featuring score by Philip Miller, choreography by Dada Masilo, video design by Catherine Meyburgh, and dramaturgy by science historian Peter Galison, this delirious Dadaist cuckoo clock courses through time to tease meaning from the passing seconds.
Fri Nov 10 at 8pm and Sat Nov 11 at 2pm & 8pm, Geary Theater, 415 Geary St, San Francisco
OPERA ON THE SPOT www.operaonthespot.com
The Italian Lesson (Hoiby) and La Serva Padrona (Pergolesi) – Double bill of one-act operas. Based on the famous comedic monologue by Ruth Draper, The Italian Lesson offers a window into the chaotic life of a New York society matron. La Serva Padrona (The Servant turned Mistress) is a Baroque “opera buffa” telling the story of a cunning maid and her aging master. Performed by pop-up troupe of young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers. Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Students.
Fri Nov 10 at 7:30pm, Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco
Note: Tickets for this performance will not be sold in advance, please buy your tickets when doors open at 7pm.
Sun Nov 12 at 7pm, Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco (click here for tickets to this performance)
Mon Nov 13 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco (click here for tickets to this performance)
SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE http://communityed.santarosa.edu/chamber-concerts
Two Hearts, One Voice – Sopranos Hope Briggs and Marnie Breckenridge present a program of arias and art songs featuring Strauss, Mozart, and Brahms. Tickets: $26 General Admission, $15 Students; available through cityboxoffice.com.
Sun Nov 12 at 4pm, Newman Auditorium, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa
ISLAND CITY OPERA www.islandcityopera.org or 510-263-8060
Novemberfest – Fall fundraiser for our 2018 season; enjoy a delicious German buffet and live music featuring ICO stars Anders Froehlich and Sergio Gonzalez led by Music Director Jonathan Khuner. Tickets: $125 per person
Tue Nov 14 at 6pm, Speisekammer Restaurant, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda
Love & Loss – Program includes Rossini’s Stabat Mater featuring soloists Shawnette Sulker, Betany Coffland (OSJ 2008-12), Thomas Glenn (Adler 2004-05), and Aaron Sorensen; Michael Morgan conducting.
Fri Nov 17 at 8pm, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland
FREE pre-concert talk begins at 7pm.