Ciao, Opera Mavens. Feel free to explore & enjoy any or all of this month’s offerings!

GOLDEN GATE OPERA or 415-339-9546
Lincoln: The African-American Connection
– New one-act opera telling the story of how gospel music influenced Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation; starring Gabriel Manro as Abraham Lincoln, Michael Orlinski as his aide Sam Everyman, Krista Wigle as his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, Lori Willis as her friend the black designer Elizabeth Keckley, and Noah Griffin as Frederick Douglass / Narrator joined by the Lighthouse Gospel Choir. Tickets start at $10, available through Eventbrite
Sun July 3 at 2:30pm, Fort Baker Parade Grounds, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito

LIEDER ALIVE! or 415-561-0100
Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Brahms and Strauss – Baritone Sol Jin (Merola 2015) and pianist John Parr in collaboration with the Merola Opera Program.
Tue July 5 at 6pm
Sommer-Liederabend – Joint presentation with Wagner Society of Northern California: program of Berg, Britten, Debussy, R.Strauss, Wagner and Wolf by soprano Mirella Hagen and pianist Robin Engelen.
Fri July 8 at 6pm
Both programs at Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco
Tickets: $75 Premium Reserved Seating, $35 General Admission, $15 Students (all prices include reception with artists and free-flowing bubbly)

MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM or 415-565-6492
Schwabacher Summer Concert – A thrilling evening of scenes from beloved operas including Lohengrin, Arabella, Le Comte Ory, and Dialogues des Carmélites presented by this year’s Merolini (tomorrow’s opera stars)! Tickets $25-40, available through the SFO Box Office (415-864-3330)
Thu July 7* at 7:30pm & Sat July 9 at 2pm
Transformations (Susa) – What happens to your favorite fairy tale characters after they go into the woods? Composer Conrad Susa set Grimm’s fairy tales to the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Sexton for an irreverent look at what happens after happily ever after; performed in English with English supertitles. Tickets: $45-65, available through the SFO Box Office (415-864-3330)
Thu July 21* at 7:30pm & Sat July 23# at 2pm
Both programs presented at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St, SF
* FREE Opera Overture Directors Talk at 6:30pm before this performance
# FREE Opera on the Couch discussion by the SF Center for Psychoanalysis after this performance

OPERA SAN JOSE or 408-437-4450
Opera in the Park – Join us for a FREE outdoor concert featuring OSJ resident and guest artists performing selections from the 2016-17 season (Lucia di Lammermoor, Barber of Seville, Silent Night, and La Boheme).
Sun July 10 at 6:30pm, Frank Bramhall Park, 1320 Willow St, San Jose

POCKET OPERA or 415-972-8934
La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach) – A joyous paean to the City of Lights: tourists and natives alike on a madcap pleasure binge as the high and the lowly switch places, a wild ride on a merry-go-round sparked by wickedly intoxicating melodies!
Tickets: $45 Adult, $42 Senior, $15 Youth
Sun July 10 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun July 17 & 24 at 2pm, Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, SF

Wanderlust – As summer is upon us, we all feel a little restless in our day-to-day routine and want to get out and explore new and exciting places; join us on a musical journey through art songs and arias that will hopefully awaken your own sense of wanderlust, performed by young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers. Call 415-252-1110 for dinner reservations.
Mon July 11 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco

L’incoronazione di Poppea
(Monteverdi) – Enter a world of political intrigue, sex, and the quest for power; set in modern day, this brand new production will push the boundaries of gender, featuring an almost entirely female cast! Tickets: $35 Premium Reserved, $25 General Admission, $15 Senior or Under 30
Fri July 15 & Sat July 16 at 8pm, EXIT Theater, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco

Opera in the Vineyard – Casual “bring your own picnic” event; enjoy a glass of wine (available for purchase) and hear your favorite arias sung by our talented singers! Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $320 table for eight.
Sun July 17 at 5pm, Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 So Livermore Ave, Livermore

The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) – First of three FREE Opera in the Park performances of this family-friendly masterpiece, sung in Italian with spoken English dialogue; accompanied by Tamami Honma and members of the Winchester Orchestra, Michael DiGiacinto conducting.
Sun July 17 at 6pm, Redwood City Town Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

SOLO OPERA or 925-943-7469
Opera in the Park – Bring the entire family, a blanket, and a picnic lunch to enjoy an afternoon of opera’s best-loved arias, duets, and ensembles by some of your favorite local opera singers: sopranos Cass Panuska & Diane Squires, mezzos Silvie Jensen & Alexandra Jerinic, tenors Alexander Boyer & Christopher Jackson, and baritones Torlef Borsting & William O’Neill. FREE Admission, Free Parking, BART and Handicapped Accessible; sponsored by the Orinda Rotary Club.
Sun July 24 at 4pm, Orinda Community Park, 28 Orinda Way, Orinda

FRESNO GRAND OPERA or 559-442-5699
Gospel on Van  Ness – A new addition to the Van Ness Series, this concert features the Fresno Grand Opera Chorus and Soloists performing gospel and spiritual favorites and will include a special appearance by professional gospel singer Keysha Burns and her jazz quartet. Tickets: $50 Reserved Seating, $35 General Admission; available here or by calling number above.
Sun July 24 at 5pm, The Big Red Church, 2131 Van Ness Blvd, Fresno

LYRIC THEATRE or 408-986-1455
El Capitan (Souza) – Lively operetta in three acts by the “March King” that ran for over four years in New York; semi-staged in English with supertitles.
Tickets: $26 Adults, $10 Children 17 & under
Sat July 30 at 8pm & Sun July 31 at 2pm
Fremont High School, 1279 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd, Sunnyvale

WEST EDGE OPERA or 510-841-1903
Festival 2016: Cunning Little Vixen, Powder Her Face, and Agrippina
July 30-August 14 at the Abandoned Train Station, 1405 Wood St at 16th, Oakland
(details to follow in August Performances post)