Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here are more opera-tunities for you to enjoy this month:
AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS www.americanbach.org or 415-621-7900
L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato (Handel) – Sublime oratorio set to words by John Milton, whose poems about joyful and contemplative man inspired the composer to new heights of humanist expression. Performed by instrumentalists and singers from the 2014 ABS Academy, this lavish panoply of more than 30 arias and choruses is a musical delight and part of the 2014 ABS Festival.
Fri Jul 18 at 8pm, SF Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
MIDSUMMER MOZART FESTIVAL www.midsummermozart.org or 415-596-5712
Program I: Symphony 40 – Program includes the overture to Marriage of Figaro and arias performed by mezzo Tania Mandzy Inala; George Cleve conducting.
Sat Jul 19 at 7:30pm, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
Sun Jul 20 at 7pm, First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Program II: Mozart Bouquet – Program includes music from Abduction from the Seraglio, Magic Flute, Clemenza di Tito performed by mezzo Anna Yelizarova and the SF Boys Chorus conducted by Ian Robertson.
Fri Jul 25 at 7:30pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Sat Jul 26 at 8pm, First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sun Jul 27 at 3pm, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
LYRIC THEATRE www.lyrictheatre.org or 408-986-1455
The Prince of Pilsen (Luders) – Widowed brewer Hans Wagner and his daughter travel to Nice where Hans is mistaken for Carl Otto, the true Prince of Pilsen; when the prince finds out he decides to take advantage of the mistake, and all are caught up in a series of romantic escapades. Tickets $26; semi-staged in English with supertitles.
Sat Jul 26 at 8pm and Sun Jul 27 at 2pm, Recital Hall, Santa Clara University
WEST EDGE OPERA www.westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903
La Boheme (Puccini) – Experience anew this perennial favorite; you’ll feel as though you’re part of the action as the opera unfolds around you! In Italian with English supertitles; directed by Mark Streshinsky, Jonathan Khuner conducting.
Sat Jul 26 and Fri Aug 1 at 8pm, Sun Aug 10 at 3pm
Hydrogen Jukebox (Glass) – Alan Ginsberg’s poetry, set to Philip Glass’s pulsating lyricism, captures the heart and heartache of America. Featuring sopranos Sara Duchovnay and Molly Mahoney, mezzo Nicole Takesono, tenor Jonathan Blalock, baritone Efrain Solis (Adler 2014), and bass Kenneth Kellogg; directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer, David Möschler conducting.
Sun Jul 27 at 5pm, Sat Aug 2 and Fri Aug 8 at 8pm
The End of the Affair (Heggie) – Based on Graham Greene’s novel, the story of a woman who makes a promise she must keep that will change her whole world. Featuring soprano Carrie Hennessey, mezzo Donna Olson, baritones Philip Cutlip and Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87); directed by Mark Streshinsky, Jonathan Khuner conducting.
Sun Aug 3 at 3pm, Thu Aug 7 and Sat Aug 9 at 8pm
All performances at Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St (Ashby BART), Berkeley
POCKET OPERA www.pocketopera.org or 415-972-8934
The Merry Widow (Lehar) – Soprano Lindsay Roush is Anna Glavari, who has recently become the richest woman in Europe and takes Paris by storm in this waltz-strewn romantic comedy. Presented with original English translation by Music Director Donald Pippin. Tickets $42 General, $39 Seniors.
Sun Jul 27 at 2pm, Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
WAFFLE OPERA www.waffleopera.com
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) – One night only, a special concert performance by Waffle Opera’s young artists including hot waffles, cool raffles, games, and good times for all! Tickets $25 General, $15 Seniors, Under 30, and Center members, available through brownpapertickets.com or at the door; all proceeds support our full production of Don Giovanni in October.
Sun Jul 27 at 3pm, Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco
OPEN OPERA http://openopera.net/events.html
Concert in the Park – Maestra Julia Nielsen hosts this annual event, an exciting cast of young singers presenting a feast of the most famous and sensual opera duets. Featuring sopranos Eileen Meredith, Angela Moser and Cass Panuska, mezzo Lisa van der Ploeg, tenor Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13), and baritones Torlef Borsting (OSJ 2010-11) and Bradley Kynard accompanied by pianist James Meredith. Bring a blanket, umbrella, chair, kids and/or dogs; hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda, beer and wine available for purchase. *FREE* admission and parking.
Sun Jul 27 at 4pm, Orinda Community Park, 28 Orinda Way, Orinda
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Opera Pops – Symphony Silicon Valley and OSJ collaborate on an evening of vocal pyrotechnics. Maestro Peter Jaffee conducts an evening of arias, songs, and comic turns from opera and operettas, featuring members of OSJ’s resident company. *FREE* event includes ice cream social!
Sun Jul 27 at 5:30pm, San Jose State University Tower Lawn (behind MLK Library at 4th and San Fernando), downtown San Jose
MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM www.merola.org or 415-565-6427
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – With more than 2,000 romantic conquests, Don Giovanni lives life in the fast lane until a mysterious meeting with a statue begins his downward spiral; from overture to epilogue, this opera is considered by many to be Mozart’s greatest work. Directed by James Darrah, Martin Katz conducting.
Thu Jul 31 at 7:30pm and Sat Aug 2 at 2pm, Everett Auditorium, 450 Church St, SF