Ciao, Opera Mavens. Feel free to enjoy lots of opera this month independently or with friends!
OPERA ON THE SPOT www.operaonthespot.com
American Classics – In honor of Independence Day we are celebrating American composers through art song, opera arias, and music theater. FREE performance by young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers, but please make dinner reservations in advance at opentable.com or by calling the restaurant at 415-252-1110.
Mon Jul 3 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco
MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM www.merola.org or 415-565-6492
Schwabacher Summer Concert – Some of opera’s greatest moments come to life as Merola’s young artists perform staged scenes from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Massenet’s Thaïs, von Weber’s Der Freischütz, and Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, accompanied by full orchestra, with English supertitles.
Thu Jul 6 at 7:30pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
Sun Jul 9 at 2:30pm, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
La serva padrona (Pergolesi), Sāvitri (Holst), and The Bear (Walton) – Triple bill of one-act operas: La serva padrona tells the story of a cunning young maid and her aging master; Sāvitri is drawn from the Mahābhārata, one of the great epics of ancient India, focusing on the tale of Death outsmarted by a young woman; in The Bear, a widow faithful to the memory of her late husband finds unexpected love (English supertitles will accompany each opera).
Thu Jul 20 at 7:30pm & Sat Jul 22 at 2pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, SF
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Classical on the Square – Members of OSJ’s resident company present a FREE performance featuring arias & ensembles from the 2017-18 season.
Sun Jul 9 at 6pm, Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
Opera in Bramhall Park – Pack a picnic basket and/or lawn chairs to enjoy this FREE concert featuring highlights from the upcoming season.
Sun Jul 16 at 6:30pm, Bramhall Park, 1320 Willow St, San Jose
2017-18 Season Preview – Members of the resident company perform selections from the upcoming season; following the performance, General Director Larry Hancock will give a talk & take questions from the audience.
Mon Jul 24 at 7pm, Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W Olive, Sunnyvale
POCKET OPERA www.pocketopera.org or 415-972-8934
Die Fledermaus (J.Strauss) – The wildest, funniest party on record; eventually, all are swept off their feet with champagne and waltzes that have never failed to make anyone young or old feel that all is right with the world!
Sun Jul 9 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun Jul 16 at 2pm, Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco
Sun Jul 23 at 2pm, Oshman Family JCC, 3291 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
OPERA THEATER UNLIMITED www.operatheaterunlimited.com
Hunter – a new opera by Joseph M. Colombo. In an unnamed society against the backdrop of war, a female soldier falls in love with the girlfriend of one of her fellow soldiers, a revelation that forces to everyone involved to face their own true desires and what they will risk to be with the one they love. Tickets available through vendini.com.
Fri Jul 14, Sat Jul 15, Fri Jul 21, Sat Jul 22 at 8pm, EXIT Theater, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-960-9210
Opera in the Vineyard – Concert of arias, show tunes, and perhaps even some cabaret by featured performers Shawnette Sulker, Nikola Printz, Christopher Bengochea (OSJ 2005-08), and Bernardo Bermudez on a raised stage under 100-years old oak trees surrounded by lovely vineyards. Bring your own picnic, but no outside wine please (must purchase through tasting room). Tickets: $45 per person in advance, $50 at the door ($25 tax-deductible), or $340 for table of 8 (all tickets include table seating).
Sun Jul 16 at 5pm, Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 So Livermore Ave, Livermore
SOLO OPERA www.soloopera.org or 925-943-7469
Opera in the Park – Bring the entire family, a blanket, and a picnic to enjoy an afternoon of opera’s best-loved arias, duets, and ensembles. FREE admission & parking, BART & handicapped accessible; sponsored by Orinda Rotary.
Sun Jul 23 at 5pm, Orinda Community Park, 28 Orinda Way, Orinda
MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST www.musicacademy.org
Elixer of Love (Donizetti) – Charming romantic comedy in the bel canto tradition, fully staged and performed by young artists from the summer program; Speranza Scappucci conducting.
Fri Jul 27 at 7:30pm & Sun Jul 29 at 2:30pm, Granada Theatre, 1214 State St, Santa Barbara
ARS MINERVA www.arsminerva.org
Andromeda, A Cosmic Tale – Concert featuring excerpts of rare and forgotten Baroque musical works dedicated to Andromeda in conjunction with an astronomy lecture by UC Santa Cruz professor Dr. Raja Guha Thakurta. Tickets include opportunities to view celestial objects through two historic telescopes and a souvenir wine glass or mug; available at www.ucsctickets.com.
Sat Jul 29 at 8:30pm, Lick Observatory, San Jose
WEST EDGE OPERA www.westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903
Evening @ Pacific Pipe – Be greeted with a glass of champagne and mingle with other guests before small group tours of the warehouse and dessert; following a recital by some of our Festival season performers the evening will end with a live auction and fund-our-stage event. Tickets: $100 ($70 tax-deductible) available through vendini.com.
Sun Jul 30 at 6:30pm, Pacific Pipe, 1391 W Grand Ave, Oakland