Ticket for sale – Les Troyens

The Trojans for sale by Christine Kradjian
Sunday June 7, 2015 at 1pm
One single ticket in the front row of the sold-out orchestra section (Row A, Seat 119) for sale at the full subscription face price of $365.00.  Contact Christine at cell phone 650-703-1851


Broadcasts – April 2015

Ciao Opera Mavens! Here are your radio, TV, and cinema opera-tunities for April:

Partenope (Handel) – Disguises and cross-dressing reveal deep truths about the human heart in Handel’s brilliantly entertaining comedy about Queen Partenope of Naples and her three royal suitors. Baroque music specialist Julian Wachner leads a cast featuring Danielle de Niese, Phillipe Sly (Adler 2014), Alek Shrader (Adler 2009), David Daniels, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Daniela Mack (Adler 2009).
Sun Apr 5 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)

Carmen for Families – Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work by Georges Bizet, featuring the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her, and the brave bullfighter who wins her heart. Created from SF Opera’s 2011 performance of Carmen for Families, this one hour movie is a wonderful first opera experience. The performance is in English, with English subtitles and is recommended for ages 10 and up. Admission is FREE and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open 30 minutes prior and a 15 minute live introduction will precede each screening.
Sat Apr 11 at 11am – El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd Street, Antioch

Carmen (Bizet) – Richard Eyre‘s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature 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.
Sun Apr 5 at 12noon – KQED Life

Rodelinda (Handel) – Renee Fleming reprises the title role, joined by Stephanie Blythe as Eduige and countertenor Andreas Scholl as Bertarido.  Harry Bicket conducts this 2011 performance of Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production.
Sun Apr 12 at 8pm – KQED Life
Mon Apr 13 at 2am – KQED Life

Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) – Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns to the Met! The moodily atmospheric production by Sir David McVicar sets the action across two time periods in the same Sicilian village. A 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci with Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Adler 1990, Pag) singing the unlucky heroines. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Sat Apr 25 at 9:30am (live) and Wed April 29 at 6:30pm (encore)

Ernani (Verdi) – James Levine and Plácido Domingo reunite for Levine’s first Met Ernani since 1983 and Domingo’s first-ever performances of the baritone role of Don Carlo. Francesco Meli stars in the title role and Angela Meade is the soprano heroine Elvira, caught between rivals for her love. Sat Apr 4 at 10am

Don Carlo (Verdi) – Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the ambitious score with a stand-out cast including Yonghoon Lee in the title role, Barbara Frittoli, Ekaterina Gubanova, Simon Keenlyside, James Morris, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Sat Apr 11 at 10am

Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk (Shostakovich) – This towering tragedy of adultery and murder stars the commanding dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as the heroine who suffers the vicissitudes of her treachery. Brandon Jovanovich is her co-conspirator and lover, and James Conlon conducts. Sat Apr 18 at 10am

Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) – Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns to the Met! Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci with Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Adler 1990, Pag) singing the unlucky heroines. Fabio Luisi conducts. Sat Apr 25 at 10am

Arabella (Strauss) – A highlight of the 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival, this production of Arabella marks the first time Renee Fleming and Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) have performed the opera together in its entirety.  As Arabella finds the man of her dreams in Mandryka, this marriage is complicated by a case of mistaken identity and confused lovers. A comedy of errors in the pursuit of true love, Arabella is one of Strauss’s most charming comedic operas. Directed by Florentine Klepper and conducted by Christian Thielemann.
Sun Apr 12 at 12 noon and Tues Apr 14 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second Street, San Jose

Christ on the Mount of Olives (Beethoven) – Nicholas McGegan leads the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale in this oratorio as well as Beethoven’s King Stephen Overture. Soloists include soprano Suzanne Ramo (Adler 2001), tenor Robert Breault (Merola 1990, 1991), and baritone Thomas Meglioranza.
Sun Apr 12 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)

Faust (Gounod) – Based on Goethe’s tragic play, Faust is the story an elderly and disillusioned scholar who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for youth and love. In this 2010 Royal Opera production, Roberto Alagna makes an incredible Faust, bringing down the house with his first aria. Angela Gheorghiu is the delicate Marguerite, beautifully sung and acted. Bryn Terfel’s villainous disposition makes him a spectacular devil. This is truly an opera in the grand tradition.
Sat Apr 11, potluck at 12 noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)



Opera Performances Thru April

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Lots of good stuff coming up starting this weekend.

Ariodante (Handel) presented by Black Box Baroque

Fri Mar 27 and Sat Mar 28 at 8pm. $25 general, $15 student/senior. TICKETS

Black Box Baroque is a collection of musicians passionate about staging Baroque opera in a friendly, hip setting (with concessions too!).

About Ariodante: Ginevra, a Scottish princess, is in love with Ariodante. Polinesso, his evil rival, hatches a plan to win Ginevra and gain the throne. Deception and scandal in Scotland meet thrillingly virtuosic singing in Handel’s glorious music.

  • Ariodante: Danielle Reutter-Harrah
  • Ginevra: Kelly Rubinsohn
  • Polinesso: Ellen Presley
  • Dalinda: Sara Hagenbuch
  • Lurcanio: Jonathan Smucker
  • Re di Scozia: Ben Kazez
  • Odoardo: David Oorbeck

Poliuto (Donizetti) Concert Presentation by West Edge Opera

Conducted by Jonathan Khuner from the piano, with Michael Desnoyers as Poliuto, Elizabeth Zharoff as Paolina, Sigmund Seigel as Felice, Michael Jankosky as Nearco, Anders Froehlich as Severo, and John Bischoff as Callistene.

Sat Mar 28 at 1pm at the Rossmoor Event Center, Walnut Creek, (Pre-performance lecture at 12:30pm), $20.00 General Seating, $40.00 VIP Tickets (includes a wine reception with the artists following the concert).

Wed Apr 1 at 8pm at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, $20.00 General Seating ($16.00 in advance)

Madama Butterfly in Japanese style presented by Silicone Valley Community Operamadama_butterfly_2015

Sun Mar 29 at 4pm. At Historic Hoover Theatre (near Rose Garden), 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose – 200 seats only.

TICKETS or 408-250-3004 or theoperabutterfly@gmail.com.

Orchestra (YAMAHA Stagea)                           Ashiya Mayumi(芦谷真由美)

Cio-Cio-San                                                      Keiko Kagawa(香川恵子)

Suzuki                                                               Miho Ogawa(小川美帆)

Kate Pinkerton                                                  Yukiko Murmann

B.F.Pinkerton                                                     Christopher Bengochea

Sharpless, United States Consul at Nagasaki   Krassen Karagiozov

Goro, a marriage broker                                    Kenji Nakai(仲井健之)

Prince Yamadori                                                Yasuhiro Matsui(松井康浩)

Bonzo, Cio-Cio-San’s uncle                               Dan Morris

The Imperial Commissioner                               Kazu Ashiya(芦谷和)

The Pearl Fishers (Bizet) presented by Pocket Operapearl-fishers

Back by popular demand!  Pocket Opera revives last season’s sold out production, The Pearl Fishers, and is again proud to present the magnificent Rabihah Davis Dunn as the High Priestess, Leila.Sun Mar 29 at 2pm. Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Tickets start at $42! Discounts available for children under 18. (415) 972-8934.


L’elisir d’amore presented by San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Thu Apr 2 and Sat Apr 4 at 7:30pm. Directed by Jose Maria Condemi and conducted by Scott Sandmeier.  $20 general admission and $15 for students, seniors and Friends of the Conservatory. 50 Oak Street, San Francisco. Tickets at http://calendar.sfcm.edu/index.php?eID=768 or 415-503-6275.

La cambiale di matrimonio (The Marriage Contract) (Rossini) presented by Philharmonia Baroque.

Comic masterpiece featuring soloists from SF Opera’s Adler Fellowship; Nicolas McGegan conducting.

Special Video Intro by Maestro McGegan

Wednesday 15 April First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto (7:30pm)
Friday 17 April SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco (8pm)
Saturday 18 April First Congregational Church, Berkeley (8pm)
Sunday 19 April First Congregational Church, Berkeley (4pm)

A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn) presented by Opera Santa Barbara

Fri Apr 24 at 7:30pm and Sun Apr 26 at 2:30pm.

Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara. Tickets at http://www.operasb.org/event.php?event_id=79 or 805-898-3890.

The Grand Duke (Gilbert & Sullivan) presented by Lamplighters Music Theatre

The Lamplighters’ first ever staged production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s final collaboration. In his ultimate topsy-turvy farce, Gilbert presents a world turned upside-down when a theatrical troupe deposes the ruler of a tiny European Duchy and proceeds to squabble over which “role” in the government each leading actor should “play,” with uproarious consequences.

Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco. 415-978-2787 · Purchase tickets

Saturday, April 25 • 8PM
Sunday, April 26 • 2PM

Mountain View Center for Performing Arts 650-903-6000 · Purchase tickets

Thursday, April 30 • 8PM

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek. 925-943-7469 · Purchase tickets

Saturday, May 2 • 8PM


Opera Workshops, Lectures, and Classes – April 2015

Ciao, Opera Mavens!  This post for April is going out a little early because we have some really fun and interesting educational events to share that you might need to plan ahead for, so here you go!


Dr. "Kip" Cranna

Dr. “Kip” Cranna

Who’s Afraid of Opera? It’s Grand. It’s Glorious. It’s Larger than Life. It’s Opera!
Join San Francisco Opera’s longtime dramaturg Kip Cranna as he offers an insider’s look at the world of opera and brings some clarity to the confusion that often prevents real enjoyment of this glorious artform. Using video and audio examples, this series of four classes will focus on listening skills to help you increase your enjoyment of opera in performance. No previous opera experience or knowledge necessary. Just come prepared to listen, watch, ask questions, and enjoy. Special attention will be given to the the SF Opera’s Summer 2015 season.
April 1 – 22, Wednesday nights 6 – 7:30pm
*Registration and fee info in the link above*

Not the Same Old Song and Dance: Movement in Opera – Opera truly brings all the art forms together on one stage, including dance. In this interactive workshop, San Francisco Opera Dance Master and Resident Choreographer Lawrence Pech will guide you through an exploration of how dance and movement enhance opera performances. Plus you will get a chance to try some moves yourself! Cost is $25 and class capacity is limited – complete the order form in the link, or call the Box Office at (415) 864-3330 to reserve your spot.  Mon April 20 from 7 – 9pm Chorus Room, War Memorial Opera House

MagicFlute_524x412The Magic Flute (Mozart) – One-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tue Apr 7 at 12 noon, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 4th and San Fernando Sts, San Jose



Introduction to Opera – At 6:30 before evening performances and at 1:30 before matinees, a FREE talk is presented in the California Theatre to acquaint you with the composer’s life, his place in the history of opera, the story, and its characters. You must be ticketed for that day’s performance; your ticket will be torn as you enter the building.

Sing out, Davies! – If you love to sing, apply to take part in one of the SF Symphony’s popular choral workshops led by SFS Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin. You’ll have a chance to explore great choral masterworks with the maestro, be coached by members of the sympony’s chorus, and sing in a 400-voice community chorus. Workshop is open to all levels and everyone is welcome, but space is limited and you must apply in advance to secure your place. Cost is $25 (waiver available based on need); complete the application in the link above.
Sun Apr 12 at 6:30 – 9:30pm Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco


Prof. Simon Williams

Prof. Simon Williams

Why Did They Do It That Way? – There is perhaps nothing in the world of opera that so excites and infuriates opera goers as modern stage productions. This ECCO educational seminar weekend will be devoted to studying and discussing opera production, both “traditional” and “radical”. Throughout the weekend there will be talks on opera production, on how operas were staged when they were first performed, and on the conventions, technology and physical conditions that determined their composition.
April 17 – 20 Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst, CA
*Tuition, fees, lodging, and other important info at the link above*

The Music of Wagner’s Ring and the Life Cycle of an Audience – University professor, broadcaster, writer, and musicologist Heath Lees will present his way through the scores of all four Ring operas, illustrating how Wagner’s music moves from being utterly simple (135 bars of just one chord at the start), to a continuous process of ever-increasing complexity and multi-layered effects. The 4 talks will be presented “symposium style” with a box lunch break midway.
Sat Apr 25 at 9:30am JCC-SF 3200 California St. San Francisco

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!
Faust (Gounod) – Sun Apr 26 from 2 – 3pm SF Public Library Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St. (near 24th and Castro)