Ciao, Opera Mavens. Sad news. Famed Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda is dead at age 91. He sang in three SF Opera productions 1968-1971.
Ciao, Opera Mavens. Some good streaming coming up plus great news about our local Maestro Paiement, who is about to conduct Opera Parallele’s new production of Jonathon Dove’s comic opera Flight.
BBC offers the “North Opera” acclaimed production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle starting Feb 12: Watch “The End of the World” on the BBC.
Opera Parallele’s (and Dallas Opera’s) Nicole Paiement on national news: Paiement on PBS News Hour.
Mark your calendar! for Feb 26 at 8am! It’s Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) and Lawrence Brownlee in Rossini’s Semiramide from Munich.
Yea Team! The English subtitles are now up on the wonderful Monnaie production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq D’or) on The Opera Platform. Mavens, you’ll never see a more exciting chicken in any opera. Trust me.
Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for this month:
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
50 Years of Mostly Mozart – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals. The visionary programming celebrates the composer’s genius with signature performances and new commissions.
Fri Feb 3 at 9pm and Sat Feb 4 at 3am – KQED 9
Sun Feb 12 at 12noon – KQED Plus
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Rigoletto (Verdi) – Stephen Costello stars as the womanizing Duke, Olga Peretyatko is the innocent Gilda, and Zeljko Lucic reprises his heartbreaking take on the tragic title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts. Sat Feb 4 at 10am
Carmen (Bizet) – French mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine stars as the immortal gypsy heroine. Tenor Marcelo Alvarez is the hapless soldier Don José, newcomer Maria Agresta is the devoted Micaëla, and Kyle Ketelsen is the torero Escamillo. Ascher Fisch conducts. Sat Feb 11 at 10am
I Puritani (Bellini) – The art of bel canto takes center stage in this lyrical jewel. The electrifying Diana Damrau is Elvira, gripped by madness and love; Javier Camarena takes on the role of her beloved and heroic Arturo; and Alexey Markov and Luca Pisaroni are the soldiers caught up in the English Civil War. Maurizio Benini conducts.
Sat Feb 18 at 10am
Rusalka (Dvorak) – Kristine Opolais stars in the title role of the mythical water nymph in this fairytale opera of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Rounding out the cast is Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures her heart; Katarina Dalayman as her rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the witch Jezibaba. Mark Elder conducts. Sat Feb 25 at 10am
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) – Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton (Adler 1997) as Tristan with Nina Stemme as Isolde in Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death. Mariusz Trelinski‘s new production also stars Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, Evgeny Nikitin as Kurwenal, and René Pape as King Marke. Sir Simon Rattle conducts. Sun Feb 5 at 12noon – KQED Plus
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Semiramide (Rossini) – Special archival broadcast from 1981. Montserrat Caballé (Semiramide), Marilyn Horne (Arsace), James Morris (Assur), Dalmacio Gonzalez (Idreno), Candace Kahn (Azema), Eric Halfvarson (Oroe), Jonathan Green (Mitrane), Gregory Stapp (Ghost of Nino); conducted by Richard Bonynge.
Sun Feb 5 at 8pm – KDFC (available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Faust (Gounod) – Weary of life and the pursuit of knowledge, the aged scholar Faust contemplates suicide. Mephistopheles promises to satisfy all of his hedonistic demands in exchange for his soul. Sir David McVicar‘s innovative 2004 Royal Opera production sets the story in the seamy underbelly of Paris around the time of the Franco-Prussian War (1870). Roberto Alagna stars as Faust with Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite. The rest of the cast includes superstars Bryn Terfel as Mephistopheles, Simon Keenlyside as Valentin, and Sophie Koch as Siebel. ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.
Sat Feb 11 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
CarTUNE Afternoon – Grab some popcorn and join San Francisco Opera for a FREE afternoon of beloved cartoons filled with classical music. Disney Delights will feature an array of favorites to inspire joy, laughter and enchantment.
Sat Feb 11; 2 – 3:15pm and 4 – 5:15pm
Taube Atrium Theatre – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens) – Lightning streaks through the skies as Dalila declares her love to Samson in one of the finest arias of romantic opera. When the thunder at last rumbles, the enchanting yet treacherous beauty Dalila betrays Samson and offers him up to his enemies. This 2016 Opera National de Paris production is directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Philippe Jordan and stars Anita Rachvelisvili as Dalila, Aleksandr Antonenko as Samson, Egils Silins as the High Priest of Dagon, Nicolas Teste as Abimélech, Nicolas Cavallier as the Old Hebrew, John Bernard as the Philistine Messenger, Luca Sannaias the First Philistine, and Jian Hong-Zhao as the Second Philistine.
Tues Feb 21 at 7:15pm Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., SJ
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Rusalka (Dvorak) – In a new Met production, Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to this fairytale opera of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Kristine Opolais stars in the title role of the water nymph Rusalka, with Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures her heart; Katarina Dalayman as her rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Jezibaba. Mark Elder conducts.
Sat Feb 25 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Mar 1 at 6:30pm (encore)
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – Director David Bösch sets the passionate story of love, feuding families, and a gypsy curse against the backdrop of war. Star-crossed lovers, Manrico and Leonora, are intertwined with the fate of Manrico’s mother the gypsy Azucena, who is seeking vengeance for the murder of her own mother by the di Luna family. Starring Gregory Kunde as Manrico, Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora, Vitaliy Bilyy as Count di Luna, Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena, with Richard Farnes conducting.
Wed Feb 22 at 1pm and 7pm Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 2966 College Ave., Berkeley
Tues Feb 28 at 7pm Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Tues Feb 28 at 7pm Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz
Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for the month:
OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
Preview: Silent Night (Puts) – A free one-hour presentation moderated by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Jan 31 at 12noon Beethoven Center, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., SJ
Silent Night Symposia
Panel 1 – Contemporary Opera in America, 2 – 2:40pm
Panel 2 – Designing Silent Night, 2:50 – 3:30pm
Panel 3 – WWI: Contemporary Perspectives, 3:50 – 4:35pm
Panel 4 – Meet the Creators of Silent Night, 4:45 – 5:25pm
$20 for all four sessions, includes light refreshments
Fri Feb 10, California Theatre, Third Floor Rehearsal Hall, 345 South 1st St., SJ
OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks. At each of his talks, Brad will hold a drawing (free) for a pair of tickets to Silent Night!
Tues Jan 31 at 7:30pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
Wed Feb 8 at 7pm Italian-American Heritage Foundation, 425 N. 4th St., SJ
Thurs Feb 9 at 7:30pm Sheppard Mullin law firm, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
If you would like to attend the Los Gatos talk, and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at email@example.com. No RSVP is needed for the San Jose or Palo Alto talks. For more information, please send a message to OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com
SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL
Afternoon at the Opera – Instructor Shari Deghi‘s opera appreciation classes will guide you through the Met Opera Live in HD transmissions of Rusalka, La Traviata, and Idomeneo. Other classes offered include three sessions on contemporary opera from 1900 to the present and operas of the Italian Risorgimento with former SFO set designer Norman Rizzi. $15 per single session or $48 for four. More info at the link above.
Mon Jan 30 – Mar 20 (No class Feb 20), 2:30 – 4:30 pm
San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Speight Jenkins, General Director Emeritus of the Seattle Opera, will be speaking.
Program TBD. Check the WSNC website for updated information as the date approaches. Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers
Sat Feb 4 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – FAMILY WORKSHOPS
First Act: The Little Prince – Explore music, rhythm, visual arts and movement designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language and motor skills as you discover Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s fantasy opera, The Little Prince. $10; Limited discount tickets are available for families in need, click on the link above for more info.
Sat Feb 11; 9 – 10am and 10:30 – 11:30am Bryan Education Studio – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
Metropolitan Opera Season, Part 2 – Instructor Diane Mauch leads this course on the second five Met Opera Live in HD transmissions: Rusalka, La Traviata, Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin, and Der Rosenkavalier. She’ll use CDs and DVDs during her exploration of the historical, musical, and theatrical high points of each. Whether you’re a newcomer to opera or a veteran, here’s a chance to deepen your appreciation of the medium’s irresistible mix of music, drama, and visual splendor.
$60 for OLLI & Rossmoor Opera Club members / $84 for non-members
Fri Feb 24; Mar 3, 17, 31; May 5, 1 – 3pm Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek
OPERA AT OAKHURST
Vienna: The Making of an Operatic Culture – Using formal lectures and seminars led by UCSB Professor Simon Williams, this course will take you on an operatic journey of Vienna. It will begin with the mighty baroque festivals of the Habsburg court and the operas of both Gluck and Mozart, which brought Vienna to the forefront as an international centre of opera. Next is the Viennese operetta, one of the most attractive of all forms of light opera, and analysis of three of the greatest operas of Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Arabella – all of which were inspired by and set in Vienna. Finally, the course will touch upon the work of Alban Berg and the Viennese Second School that revolutionized opera in the first 40 years of the 20th century.
April 21 – 24, Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst, CA
*Registration open now. Tuition, fees, lodging, and other important info at the link above*