Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here are some special opera-tunities that defy categorization:
FEINSTEIN’S AT THE NIKKO www.hotelnikkosf.com/feinsteins.aspx or 415-394-1111
Operation Opera – West Coast premiere of a show that has played to SRO audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. “Bari-chunk” Adelmo Guidarelli uses a vintage music hall style to weave well-known opera arias and their pop culture references into a performance that shuns pomposity and reminds us how accessible and enjoyable opera really is! Tickets $35 Premium, $50 Up Front, plus $20 Food & Beverage minimum per person in the showroom; available through ticketweb.com, discounted tickets available on goldstar.com.
Thu Jul 31 and Aug 7 at 8pm, Fri Aug 1 and Aug 8 at 8pm, Sat Aug 2 and Aug 9 at 7pm, Sun Aug 3 and Aug 10 at 7pm, Feinstein’s at the Nikko Hotel, 222 Mason St, SF
VINACCESI ENSEMBLE http://vinaccesiensemble.webs.com/
Midsummer Music – Concert of rarely performed French and Italian Baroque madrigals and songs on authentic instruments featuring soprano Nanette McGuinness, mezzo Kindra Scharich, tenor Jonathan Smucker, and bass Kirk Eichelberger (OSJ 2001-03, 2005-06). Tickets $25 Public, $15 Mechanics’ Institute Members and Friends of Vinaccesi Ensemble; advance reservations required, available through eventbrite.com or call 415-393-0100.
Fri Aug 1 at 7pm (wine café opens at 6:30pm), Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St, SF
INTERNATIONAL RUSSIAN CHORAL MUSIC FESTIVAL www.russianmusicfest.us
The Golden Age of Russian Vocal Music – Concert by Bolshoi Theater and Metropolitan Opera soloists featuring countertenor Andrey Nemzer and bass Mikhail Svetlov with pianist Donna Stoering; program includes opera scenes, arias, duets, and songs by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninoff. Tickets $30 Preferred Seating, $24 General Admission, $15 Seniors and Students, available through brownpapertickets.com.
Fri Aug 8 at 8pm, St. Mark’s Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
An Introduction to Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen – Ringmaster Phyllis Neumann’s course concludes with Gotterdämmerung and a special Tribute to Wagner! Socializing, barbecue, and potluck begin at 12 noon, followed by the afternoon’s big-screen presentation.
Sat Aug 9 at 1pm, Gotterdämmerung (5 ½ hrs plus intermissions)
Sat Aug 23 at 2pm, A Tribute to Wagner
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD http://sfopera.com/Opera-Guild/Events.aspx
Marin Chapter Champagne Gala – Benefit celebrating 32 years of bringing opera into local schools! Enjoy an afternoon with the Adler Fellows in the lovely Music Pavilion of San Domenico School; hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and soft drinks will be served. Tickets $50 per person; available at door or in advance (check payable to Marin Chapter SF Opera Guild, mail to Anne Zucchi, 596 Riviera Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939).
Sat Aug 9 at 2pm, San Domenico Conservatory, 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo
East Bay Chapter Summer Potluck Garden Party – Join us for a delightful afternoon and evening with your fellow opera lovers! A brief chapter meeting will be followed by a potluck supper and presentation by Linda Riebel, who has just published a book about Irene Dalis and Opera San Jose. This event is open to all, but space is limited and reservations required before Aug 18; contact Silvia Lin at 925-838-9255 or email@example.com for more information.
Sat Aug 23 at 4:30pm, 921 Kirkcrest Road, Alamo
HEALDSBURG CENTER FOR THE ARTS www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com
Opera in the Garden – Annual benefit for Healdsburg Center for the Arts: Adler Fellows in concert with special guest Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06) and dinner by Michelin Star Chef Jesse Mulgren. Tickets $170 per person; reserve by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat at 707-477-8750.
Wed Aug 27 at 5pm, Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg