Opera Workshops, Lectures, and Classes – February 2015

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for this month:

OPERA SAN JOSE SYMPOSIA
http://tickets.operasj.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=322
Where Angels Fear to Tread (Weiser) – On Sunday Feb. 1, Opera San Jose will presents a series of three symposia followed by a sitzprobe performance for this world premiere production. The symposia run from 1 – 5pm and take place at the Le Petit Trianon Theater (72 N. Fifth Street, San Jose). Following a dinner break, a Sitzprobe performance of Where Angels Fear to Tread will be presented from 7 – 10:30pm at the California Theatre (345 S. First St., San Jose) Tickets are $25 per person for both events and are available at the link above or call the box office at (408) 437-4450

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
http://www.operasj.org/events/413/opera-at-your-doorstep-lecture-series/
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose world premiere of Where Angels Fear to Tread by attending one of longtime subscriber Bradford Wade’s previews.
Tue Feb 3 at 7:30pm at Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos
To reserve a seat email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com or call (408) 871-7010.
Lecture is preceded by optional no host dinner at Aldo’s Italian Restaurant.

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/wsfevent/thomas-edisons-wagner-recordings
Thomas Edison’s Wagner Recordings – Jazz historian and former Met archivist Jeffrey McMillan’s research has led to several significant discoveries including the exact dates and locations of these historic recordings.  He will present his findings and discuss how the National Phonograph Company’s cylinders compliment the overall history of Wagner singing in America before the Great War.
Sat Feb 7 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St. San Francisco
Free for members, $10 for nonmembers

JCC-SF: ARTS & IDEAS
https://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/lectures/arts-entertainment/deborah-voigt/
Call Me Debbie – International opera star and SF favorite Deborah Voigt (Adler 1986) is known for her wicked wit and generous spirit. In her new book, Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva, she recounts the hard work and dedication that took her to the top of her field, even as she struggled with her private demons. Joined by SF Opera dramaturg Kip Cranna, Voigt tells all as she embraces the next chapter of her illustrious life. A musical treat of a few songs is promised!
Standard single ticket $45, Premium single $55
Standard pair of tickets $70, Premium pair $85
(Ticket price includes one copy of the book)
Tues Feb 17 at 7pm at the JCC-SF, 3200 California St. (at Presidio Ave) San Francisco

OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, president of the East Bay’s Kensington Symphony Orchestra where he also plays oboe, English horn, and writes the program notes. His 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!
Rodelinda (Handel) – Sun Feb 8, 2 – 3pm at the Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St. (near 24th and Castro)
Così fan tutte (Mozart) – Tues Feb 17, 7 – 8pm at the Richmond Branch, 351 9th Ave. (between Geary and Clement)
Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach) – Thurs Feb 26, 6:30 – 7:30pm at the West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way (at Ulloa)

ENJOY!

Broadcasts – February 2015

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for the month:

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
http://sfopera.com/Watch-Listen/Radio-Broadcasts.aspx
Susannah (Floyd) – In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall? Patricia Racette (Adler 1990) sings the title role with Brandon Jovanovich as her brother Sam and Raymond Aceto as the hell-raising itinerant Reverend Olin Blitch. Conductor Karen Kamensek makes her SF Opera debut. Recorded Fall 2014, War Memorial Opera House.  Sun Feb 1 at 8pm on KDFC
(also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GRAND OPERA CINEMA SERIES
https://www.sundancecinemas.com/alt_programming.html
Attila (Verdi) – The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. This production from Summer 2012 stars Ferruccio Furlanetto, Samuel Ramey, Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002), Lucrecia Garcia, and Diego Torre.
Tues Feb 24 at 7:15pm
Sat Feb 28 at 10am (program discussion at 9:30am)
Sundance Kabuki Theatre, 1881 Post St at Fillmore, San Francisco

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=15125
Macbeth (Verdi) – Star soprano Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) delivers a searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Zeljko Lucic’s doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as Macduff and Rene Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Sun Feb 1 at 11am – KQED Plus
Mon Feb 2 at 7pm – KQED Life
Tue Feb 3 at 1am – KQED Life

Carmen (Bizet) – Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of this steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing the role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don Jose, and Ildar Abdrazakov is Escamillo, the swaggering bullfighter that comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts.
Mon Feb 16 at 7pm – KQED Life
Tue Feb 24 at 1am – KQED Life

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
http://www.metopera.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx
Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach) – Vittorio Grigolo takes on the role of tortured poet and unwitting adventurer in this wild, kaleidoscopic production. Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, and Christine Rice sing the three heroines, each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) portrays the shadowy Four Villains and Yves Abel conducts.
Wed Feb 4 at 6:30pm (encore)

Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) / Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartok) – Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by a psychological thriller (Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala with Valery Gergiev conducting both.  Sat Feb 14 at 9:30am (live) and Wed Feb 18 at 6:30pm (encore)

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
http://www.kdfc.com/The-Metropolitan-Opera-on-KDFC/15771717
Macbeth (Verdi) – Anna Netrebko moves boldly into Verdi with her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Zeljko Lucic’s doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production also stars Joseph Calleja as Macduff and Rene Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts. Sat Feb 7 at 10am

Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) / Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartok) – Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail PetrenkoIolanta also stars Piotr Beczala with Valery Gergiev conducting both. Sat Feb 14 at 10am

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – The magnetic Peter Mattei sings the title role, performing alongside the starry ensemble of Elza van den Heever (Adler 2007), Emma Bell, and Luca Pisaroni. NY Phil Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts. Sat Feb 21 at 10am

The Magic Flute (Mozart) – Julie Taymor’s transcendent production of this magical composition features a youthful cast led by Miah Persson as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Toby Spence as Tamino, Markus Werba as Papageno, and Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro. Adam Fischer conducts. Sat Feb 28 at 10am

SATURDAYS WITH THE ROYALS
http://rialtocinemas.com/index.php?location=elmwood&film=2014_royal_opera
Andrea Chenier (Giordano) – Sir David McVicar directs a new production of this passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution, starring Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Zeljko Lucic, and Denyce Graves; conducted by Antonio Pappano.  Sat Feb 21 at 10am Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Avenue at Ashby in Berkeley

THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
http://tinyurl.com/ROHchenier
Andrea Chenier (Giordano) – Sir David McVicar directs a new production of this passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution, starring Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Zeljko Lucic, and Denyce Graves; conducted by Antonio Pappano.  A representative from the Merola Opera Program will provide a short pre-screening talk about the opera and you can enter to win Merola prizes!
Sun Feb 22 at 11am  Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore Street (@Sacramento Street) San Francisco

CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
http://www.cameracinemas.com/operas.shtml
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) double bill from the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Italy.  Adapted from the short story written by Giovanni Verga, Cavalleria Rusticana is a one-act opera considered one of the classics of verismo opera and stars Fabio Armiliato, Giuseppina Piuinti, Valdis Janons, and Maria Jose Trullu.
Inspired by the success of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Ruggero Leoncavallo decided to compose Pagliacci, a verismo opera based on the true events of an 1865 murder. This production stars Piero Giuliacci, Chiara Taigi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Giovanni Di Mare, and Vincenzo Taormina. Both are directed by Enrico Castiglione and conducted by Luiz Fernando Malheiro.
Sun February 22 at 12 noon and Tues Feb 24 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second Street, San Jose

ENJOY!

Ring in the New Year With Opera Tattles & a Warning

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Inquiring opera minds gotta know.

Opera star Montserrat Caballé agrees to six-month sentence over tax fraud.

http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/12/23/inenglish/1419343888_299264.html

La Scala conductor attacks opera-goer for taking photos
Daniel Barenboim, conductor of Milan’s La Scala opera house, reprimands ‘badly educated’ patrons.

Pene Pati proposes to girlfriend onstage during concert

Samoan-New Zealander tenor Pene Pati (Merola 2013) proposed to his girlfriend (and opera singer) Amina Edris onstage during an outdoor Christmas concert in a New Zealand vineyard by his trio, SOL3MIO Sunday, December 21.

http://slippedisc.com/2014/12/classical-singer-breaks-concert-to-propose-marriage/

http://tinyurl.com/kcaq6vt

You can watch a 13-min video documentary about the trio (Pene and his brother Amitai, both tenors, and their cousin Moses Mackay, a baritone) at

www.sol3mio.com/video-categories/music-videos/

Arizona Opera takes a bold and daring move announcing a season including Jake Heggie‘s Dead Man Walking, the world premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage, by Craig Bohmler, the U.S. premiere of Frida and Diego (in Spanish) about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, dubbed as the world’s first mariachi opera (first seen in a production by the newly resuscitated San Diego Opera), and the rarely performed (only the second U.S. production) Arizona Lady by Hungarian operetta composer Emmerich Kalman.

The Trojans Alert from Local Opera Doyen Janos Gereban: It’s been 47 years since Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” was performed at SF Opera, and unless you act now, it will be probably another half century before it rolls around again.

Note that going from http://sfopera.com/Season-Tickets/2014-15-Season/The-Trojans.aspx to the site to purchase for the opening matinee performance on June 7 (http://sfopera.com/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=3968) has about 250 seats left, mostly single, in the 3,200-seat War Memorial. (And 3 box seats at $480 each…:)

The remaining five performances, all from 6 to midnight, have better availability, but . . . *now* is the time to act.

Finally, an amazing Carmen Overture by a prodigious youth group in France. Delightful. Don’t miss it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=eee4-d7FUis

Happy New Year and Enjoy!

Opera Workshops, Lectures, and Classes – January 2015

Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy New Year! Here are your January opera classes and lectures:

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA OVERTURE WORKSHOP                            http://sfopera.com/Learn/Adult-Programs/Overture-Workshop–A-Fight-at-the-Opera.aspx A Fight at the Opera – In this interactive workshop, Fight Director Dave Maier will introduce you to the exciting world of stage combat. We’ll explore different fighting styles, view theatrical weapons and learn about the challenges of choreographing fight scenes in opera. Plus you’ll get a chance to try it yourself as Maier leads some dynamic (yet safe!) exercises.
Tues Jan 13 from 7 – 9pm in the War Memorial Opera House Chorus Room
Fee is $25 and the class capacity is limited. Complete the order form in the link above or call the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330 to reserve your spot.

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA                        http://www.wagnersf.org/wsfevent/jess-thomas-dream-forged-reality                             Jess Thomas: “A Dream Forged Into Reality” – The Wagner Society is delighted to welcome Victor Thomas and Jess Thomas, Jr., sons of the unforgettable tenor Jess Thomas (Merola 1957). The Thomas brothers will present a multi-media presentation that will include the documentary film A Dream Forged into Reality, Jess Thomas’ own home movies from Bayreuth with narration, excerpts of a radio interview with Jess, audio clips of him singing his most famous Wagnerian roles, and costumes and other memorabilia from his illustrious career. You won’t want to miss this presentation.
Sat Jan 10 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St. San Francisco
Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers

STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES                            http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/detail/20142_MUS-185                              Four Hundred Years of Opera: Murder, Passion, Betrayal, and Ecstasy with Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera, Emeritus
In this comprehensive overview of opera, we will explore the work of many of the great composers— Monteverdi, Gluck, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, Strauss, and Berg. We will study one opera of each, and we will see how some of these operas’ most famous interpreters of the past sixty years left their own imprints on them—including Maria Callas, Birgit Nilsson, Joan Sutherland, Leontyne Price, Luciano Pavarotti, and James Levine, all of whom the instructor has had direct experience with. The significance of English titles in some operas more than others will be discussed, and recorded and visual examples will add authenticity to our observations. The course will show the continuing vitality of opera, and help us address the question, “Where do we go from here?”  Jan 12 – Feb 23 Monday nights 7 – 8:50pm *Registration and tuition information at the link above*

CONGREGATION EMANU-EL & OPERA PARALLELE                                                  Dead Man Walking: Art and Social JusticeSister Helen Prejean discusses the transformation of her famous memoir into film, stage play, and opera at a preview of Opera Parallèle’s February production of Dead Man Walking. The event includes a panel discussion with leaders from initiatives against the death penalty and selections performed by SFCM trustee advisor Frederica von Stade, voice department chair Catherine Cook (Adler 1992), composer Jake Heggie, and others. The evening features a special performance of Ravel’s Kaddish by renowned cantor Roslyn Barak. The event is free but tickets are required. http://opdmw.brownpapertickets.com/
Wed Jan 21 at 7pm Temple Emanu-El    2 Lake Street San Francisco

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS                                   http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/                                       Where Angels Fear to Tread Preview – A free one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists. Tue Jan 27 at 12 noon Beethoven Center, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 4th and San Fernando Sts, San Jose

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) – Thurs Jan 29, 6:30 – 7:30pm
SF Public Library: West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way (at Ulloa)

SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL http://www.smace.org/opera.html
Afternoons at the Opera – Join Shari Deghi for a thrilling 10-week opera appreciation course! We’ll study operas performed this season by the Metropolitan Opera in New York (broadcast LIVE to Bay Area movie theaters), San Francisco Opera, and Opera San Jose. Spell-binding stories. Passionate music. Sensuous performers. Great fun! Novices welcome.; see website for full schedule.
Jan 12 – April 25, San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
http://www.operasj.org/events/412/opera-at-your-doorstep-lecture-series/
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San José world premiere of Where Angels Fear to Tread by attending one of longtime OSJ subscriber Bradford Wade’s previews. Thurs Jan 29 at 7:30pm at the Law Offices of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, 1080 Marsh Rd, Menlo Park.
To reserve a seat email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com

DEAD MAN WALKING 
Soprano Kristin Clayton will share her insights on the opera, discuss her friend and composer Jake Heggie, and perform some excerpts from the show.
Mon Jan 26, 2 – 4pm, $15 fee, San Mateo Senior Center Auditorium, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas

ENJOY!