Ciao Opera Mavens. Summer is ending, let the fall season begin!
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA www.sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
Luisa Miller (Verdi) – Longing only for love, a brave young woman sacrifices her own happiness in a desperate attempt to save her father’s life. Starring soprano Leah Crocetto (Adler 2009-11) in the title role, tenor Michael Fabiano as her suitor Rodolfo, Ukrainian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy in his SFO debut as Luisa’s over-protective father, and bass Daniel Sumegi (Adler 1993-94) as Rodolfo’s father Count Walter; Nicola Luisotti conducting.
Fri Sep 11 at 8pm
Wed Sep 16, Sat Sep 19*, Tue Sep 22*, and Fri Sep 25* at 7:30pm
Sun Sep 27 at 2pm
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim) – A man exiled by a corrupt judge returns to Dickensian London to quench his thirst for vengeance in this macabre musical thriller. Baritone Brian Mulligan and mezzo Stephanie Blythe star as the revenge-minded barber and his culinary accomplice in director Lee Blakeley’s production; Patrick Summers conducting.
Sat Sep 12, Tue Sep 15*, Fri Sep 18*, Wed Sep 23*, Sat Sep 26, Tue Sep 29 at 7:30pm; Sun Sep 20* at 2pm
* OperaVision HD video projection screens featured in Balcony Level
All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Pre-Opera Talks begin one hour prior to curtain time in the Orchestra section of the main theater before every performance; FREE to ticket holders.
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Tosca (Puccini) – The lives of a beautiful opera diva, her rebel artist lover, and a lecherous, treacherous police chief intersect on a fateful day and night in Rome. Sopranos Olga Chernisheva and Elizabeth Baldwin share the title role, tenor Kirk Dougherty is Cavaradossi, and barihunk Matthew Hanscom is the scheming Scarpia; Joseph Marcheso conducting.
Sat Sep 12, Thu Sep 17, Fri Sep 25 at 8pm
Sun Sep 13, Sep 20, Sep 27 at 3pm
California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
Introduction to the Opera Talks by General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before each performance; FREE to ticket holders.
BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA www.bslopera.com
Opera in the Park: Don Giovanni (Mozart) – FREE family-friendly performances
Sat Sep 12 at 4pm, Wildwood Park, downtown Saratoga
Sun Sep 13 at 5pm, 2220 Broadway, Redwood City
Sun Sep 20 at 2pm, Esplanade, Capitola-by-the-Sea
LIEDER ALIVE! www.liederalive.org or 415-561-0100
Neue und Alte Liederfest – Soprano Heidi Moss and pianist Daniel Lockert perform a program of works by almost a dozen 19th, 20th, and 21st century composers. Tickets: $75 Premium Seating, $35 Open Seating, $15 Students
(all tickets include free-flowing bubbly and a reception with the artists!)
Sun Sep 13 at 2pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC www.sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Embellished Mozart: The Art of Vocal Improvisation – Explore the art of vocal improvisation in a performance featuring dazzling embellishments written for JC Bach’s Adriano in Siria, Mozart’s Lucio Silla, and Le nozze di Figaro; program also includes arrangements of Mozart’s music for guitar and voice. FREE, no tickets required
Sun Sep 13 at 4pm, SFCM Sol Joseph Recital Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
Victorian Voices: Art Song from 19th Century Britain – Faculty Artist Recital by tenor Kenneth Woods and pianist Darryl Cooper featuring the works of Loder, Hubert, Parry, Sullivan, and White. FREE, no tickets required
Mon Sep 21 at 8pm, SFCM Sol Joseph Recital Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA www.ncco.org
Letters from Russia – Soprano Ailyn Pérez (Merola 2005; last seen at SFO as Violetta in La Traviata) in a program that features masterworks by Russian composers (including “The Letter Scene” from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin) and Jennifer Higdon.
Open Rehearsal – Wed Sep 16 at 10am, Kanbar Performing Arts Center, SF
Thu Sep 17 at 8pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Fri Sep 18 at 8pm, First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto
Sat Sep 19 at 8pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St, SF
Sun Sep 20 at 5pm, Osher Marin JCC, 200 No San Pedro Rd, San Rafael
OPERA THEATER UNLIMITED www.operatheaterunlimited.com
The Turn of the Screw (Britten) – The newest addition to the Bay Area’s opera scene presents this harrowing story of a governess’s fight against overwhelming forces of darkness to protect two children from corruption that reaches beyond the grave.
Tickets $35 Regular, $25 Seniors / Young Adults (under 30)
Fri Sep 18 and Sat Sep 19 at 7:30pm, StageWerx, 446 Valencia St, San Francisco
OPERA CULTURA www.operacultura.org or 415-845-7216
Bless Me Ultima, A Workshop Reading – An encore performance of excerpts from Hector Armienta’s new opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s epic novel of the same title; four arias will be performed by the original cast, followed by a discussion with the composer / librettist and singers (entire presentation will last approximately one hour). FREE, but seating is limited and advance reservations are recommended.
Sat Sep 26 at 3pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E San Fernando St, San Jose
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-960-9210
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – An American naval officer marries a young Japanese girl for convenience and then deserts her, but she faithfully awaits his return. Featuring soprano Marie Plette (Merola 1992) as Cio-Cio San (aka Butterfly), mezzo Michele Detwiler (OSJ 2002-07) as her faithful servant Suzuki, tenor Alexander Boyer (OSJ 2008-13) as Lt. Pinkerton, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87) as the U.S. Consul Sharpless; directed by Brad Dalton.
Sat Sep 26 and Oct 3 at 7:30pm, Sun Sep 27 and Oct 4 at 2pm
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore (925-373-6800)
Pre-opera lectures are presented in the theater one hour before each performance
CAL PERFORMANCES www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510-642-9988
Gustavo Dudamel at the Greek – The charismatic conductor leads the dynamic Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony including its majestic “Ode to Joy” with soloists Mariana Ortiz, J’nai Bridges, Joshua GuerreroSoloman Howard. Tickets start at $50.
Fri Sep 25 at 7:30pm, Hearst Greek Theatre, Berkeley
SAN JOSE STATE OPERA THEATRE www.sjsu.edu/music/ or 408-924-4673
Layna Chianakas Recital (mezzo, OSJ 1995-97)
Wed Sep 30 at 7:30pm, Concert Hall – Music 176, One Washington Square, San Jose