Tix: SFO Don Carlo & Carmen

OPERABOBB’S TICKET EXCHANGE — For the admissionally challenged;
please communicate directly with the seller.

Don Carlo for sale by Robert Greene
Sun June 12 at 1pm, one ticket: Dress Circle, Row A
$120 value; will sell for $85
Contact Robert at 650-756-0261

Carmen for sale by Craig Pavlich
Fri June 17 at 7:30pm, two tickets: Orchestra, Row S, Seats 114 & 116
$296/pair (vs. $640/pair, regular box office price)
Contact Craig at cpavlich@earthlink.net or 415-999-3519 (call or text)

More Opera Potpourri PLUS a Correction

Ciao, Opera Mavens. First, let us correct the date for the Jenufa Insight Panel. The correct date is June 7 at 6pm at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. Yesterday we erroneously reported the date as June 13.

The Wascally Wabbit That Inspired A Generation Of Opera Singers
Elizabeth Bishop (Merola 1992, 1993) just finished the Washington, DC Ring. She talks with The Wall Street Journal about how she got interested in opera.

Don Pasquale from l’Opera de Vichy. A fun production. Stream quality is excellent.

Parsifal from Vienna Staatsoper on The Opera Platform now has English subtitles.

SF Opera orchestra percussionist Patti Niemi has a new book “Sticking It Out” about her journey from Julliard to the Orchestra Pit.
http://www.amazon.com/Sticking-Out-Juilliard-Orchestra-Percussionists/dp/1770412735/

DON’T FORGET ABOUT the new SF Opera shuttle service: http://operabobb.com/wordpress/?s=shuttle&submit=Search. Starts this weekend.

ALSO, DON’T FORGET about the Opera Preview/Lectures in your neighborhood starting May 31.

For All You Opera Streamers. The Opera Platform has quite an impressive lineup coming up. Mark your calendar.

21 May Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi
Oper Stuttgart
11 June Macbeth*
Giuseppe Verdi
Latvian National Opera Riga
Live
21 June Pikovaya Dama*
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
Dutch National Opera Amsterdam
Live
1 July In Parenthesis*
Iain Bell
Welsh National Opera Cardiff
8 July Pelléas et Mélisande*
Claude Debussy
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Live (only available in Europe)
9 September Ball im Savoy
Paul Abraham
Komische Oper Berlin
27 September Le nozze di Figaro*
Wolfgang A. Mozart
Dutch National Opera Amsterdam
Live

Enjoy

Lectures, Workshops, & Classes – June 2016

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for late May & June:

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
http://sfopera.com/previews
Ninety-minute sessions by noted musicologists, composers, librettists, and singers, locally sponsored by SF Opera Guild Chapters and the San Jose Opera Guild. These special events explore each opera’s historical and musical context as well as musical and dramatic challenges. Every session is illustrated by audio & visual examples and includes a question & answer and discussion period.
Don Carlo by Dr. Kip Cranna, SFO Dramaturg
Jenůfa by Dr. Richard Taruskin, musicologist and music historian

SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER
Don Carlo – Tues May 31
Jenůfa – Wed June 8
12 noon lecture *FREE*
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, New Main Library, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD
Don Carlo – Wed June 1
Jenůfa – Tues June 7
10am at Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for everyone else

EAST BAY CHAPTER
Don Carlo – Wed June 1
Jenůfa – Wed June 8
$10 fee, 7:30 pm check-in and coffee, 8:00 pm lecture
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

MARIN CHAPTER
Don Carlo – Thurs June 2
Jenůfa – Mon June 6
$10 fee, 7pm complimentary refreshments, 7:30pm lecture
Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael

PENINSULA CHAPTER
Jenůfa – Tues June 7
(No Don Carlo lecture by this chapter)
7:00 pm complimentary refreshments, 7:30 pm lecture
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper, Palo Alto
$10 per person

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA OVERTURE WORKSHOP
http://bit.do/SFOsingersjourney
The Singer’s Journey: From Practice Room to Performance – Have you ever wondered what it takes to sing on the SF Opera stage and establish a career as an opera singer? Join special guests General Director David Gockley, SF Opera favorite and SFCM voice faculty chair Catherine Cook (Adler 1992) and Ronny Michael Greenberg (Adler 2015) as we explore the trials and joys of the opera singer. $25; class capacity is limited. Register at the link above or call the box office at (415) 864-3330 to reserve your spot.
Sat June 4, 2 – 4pm Wilsey Center Education Studio – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

OPERA SAN JOSE SEASON PREVIEW
http://www.operasj.org/events/560/previewlecture-the-ainsley-house/
Join General Director Larry Hancock and OSJ artists as they present a FREE preview of  the 2016-17 season.
Fri June 10, 5:30 – 6:30pm Ainsley House 300 Grant St., Campbell

PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
http://www.pescaderoopera.com/wagners-ring-course/
An Introduction to Wagner’s Ring  – Join Ringleader Phyllis Neuman for this six-week course intended for those who have never experienced a Ring Cycle, or who have felt too intimidated by its length and complexity to attend a performance. In addition to breaking down the leitmotifs so you can better understand the complexity of Wagner’s music, Phyllis will use visual and audio excerpts, photos, illustrations and other media to demonstrate the power of the Ring and the meaning of its music. Suggested donations are $10-20 per person to help cover expenses.
Sat afternoons June 11, 25 July 9, 23 August 6, 20
Potluck at noon followed by the course and DVD presentation of a full Ring opera.
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)

OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, president of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay) where he also plays oboe, English horn, and writes the program notes. Larry’s goal is to make opera more enjoyable and accessible to “all the people”; attend the lecture and then go see the opera with your newfound knowledge!
Carmen (Bizet) – Video excerpts feature acclaimed Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca as the fiery gypsy girl.
Sun June 12 at 2pm Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Rd, Burlingame
Thurs June 30 at 6:30pm SFPL West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, SF

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA INSIGHT PANELS
http://www.sfopera.com/insights
Renowned artists and personalities from the world of opera, including cast and crew members from the production, share behind-the-scene insights and experiences during these informal panel discussions. Free for SFO members, subscribers, and students with ID, $5 for the general public; tickets available at the door 30 minutes prior to discussion or online at the link above.
Jenůfa – Tues June 7 at 6pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/wsfevent/der-fliegende-holländer-sails-livermore
Der Fliegende Holländer Sails Into Livermore – Artistic and Music Director of Livermore Valley Opera Alexander Katsman and Production Director Olivia Stapp will speak about LVO’s upcoming production. Ms. Stapp will discuss the production sets and costumes and Mr. Katsman will invite select members of the cast and present excerpts from the opera. Free for society members, $10 fee for nonmembers
Sat June 18 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
http://tinyurl.com/StanfordCallas
Maria Callas: How One Soprano Changed the Face of Opera – Drawing on historic recordings, this five-week course led by Speight Jenkins will illustrate what opera was like prior to Callas, how she changed it, and what her effect was on her contemporaries and particularly her successors. Her specialty was Italian opera, but this course will explore how her art affected the whole field—even Wagner. $225 fee.
Mon June 20 – July 25 (no class July 4) 7 – 8:50pm Stanford University Campus

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
https://www.scholarolli.com/event/the-art-of-conducting
The Art of Conducting – Conducting is much more than standing in front of an orchestra and waving your arms. Led by instructor John Kendall Bailey of Trinity Lyric Opera this five-week course explores the complex duties of a conductor, both on and off the podium. Video footage of notable conductors at work from Leonard Bernstein to Gustavo Dudamel will help him reveal the conductor’s craft and give us a sense of the juggling act that goes into doing it well. $60 for OLLI members; $84 for non-members.
Wed June 22 & 29; July 6, 20 & 27 (no class July 13) Cal State East Bay 4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Concord

ENJOY!

Tix: Jenufa at SFO

OPERABOBB’S TICKET EXCHANGE — For the admissionally challenged;
please communicate directly with the seller.

Jenufa for sale by Arnold Duncan
Sat Jun 25 at 7:30pm, two (2) tickets: Dress Circle, Row B  Seats 113 & 115.  Face value is $120 each, will sell pair for $170; contact arnolddduncan@gmail.com.