Tix: Red Chamber, Chenier, Makropulos at SFO

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Dream of the Red Chamber for Sale by Gail Martin
Sun Sep 18 at 2pm, 2 tickets, premium seats in Grand Tier (C17, C19), $214 for each ticket. Email martingail63@gmail.com or phone 510-526-5654

For Sale by Tarun – please contact at oopera55@gmail.com

Andrea Chenier – Fri Sep 30 at 7:30pm, 2 tickets, Balcony Circle, Row B, $86 each

The Makropulos Case – Fri Oct 14 at 7:30 pm, 2 tickets, Balcony Circle, Row B, $86 each

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September Performances

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Labor no more, here are this month’s opera-tunities:

Verismo Opera or 707-864-5508
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – Set in the early 15th century, three intertwining sub-plots tell the story of the revenge-minded gypsy Azucena, the mysterious troubadour Manrico, his rival the Count de Luna, and Leonora, the woman they both love; performed by rotating casts with piano and chamber orchestra. Tickets: $30 General, $25 Seniors, $20 Students (children under 12 yrs free); available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Sat Sep 3 & Sep 10 at 7:30pm; Sun Sep 4 & Sep 11 at 2pm
Bay Area Stage Theater, 515 Broadway St, Vallejo

San Francisco Opera or 415-864-3330
Andrea Chénier (Giordano) – An ardent poet and a young noblewoman are passionately attracted, only to be separated by the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Starring tenor Yonghoon Lee in the title role and soprano Anna Pirozzi as his lover Maddalena, with mezzo J’Nai Bridges and baritone George Gagnidze as the servants Bersi and Gérard (all in their SFO debuts); U.S. production premiere directed by David McVicar, Nicola Luisotti conducting.
Fri Sep 9 at 8pm; Wed Sep 14*, Sat Sep 17*, Thu Sep 22*, Fri Sep 30 at 7:30pm; Sun Sep 25* at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Philharmonia  Baroque Chorale Director Bruce Lamott begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance (except Opening Night Sep 9)

Dream of the Red Chamber (Bright Sheng) – WORLD PREMIERE of commissioned work with libretto by David Henry Hwang based on the book by Cao Xueqin of the same name, one of China’s greatest classical novels (as famous in China as Romeo and Juliet is in the West) recounting the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate and the other a beautiful heiress. Featuring sopranos Pureum Jo and Karen Chia-ling Ho, mezzo Hyona Kim, contralto Quilin Zhang, and tenor Yijie Shi in their SFO debuts; also Irene Roberts as Bao Chai; George Manahan conducting.
Sat Sep 19, Tue Sep 13*, Fri Sep 23*, Tue Sep 27, and Thu Sep 29* at 7:30pm; Sun Sep 18* at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by SFO Dramaturg Kip Cranna begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance

All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, SF
* OperaVision HD video projection screens featured in Balcony level for this performance

Opera San Jose or 408-437-4450
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) – Inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor, this tale of two feuding families culminates in the most famous & affecting mad scene in opera. Featuring soprano Sylvia Lee as the fragile young Lucia, tenor Kirk Dougherty as her beloved Edgardo, and baritones Matthew Hanscom & Ricardo Rivera as Lucia’s scheming brother Enrico; conducted by Ming Luke & Dana Sadava.
Sat Sep 10, Thu Sep 15, Fri Sep 23 at 8pm; Sun Sep 11, Sep 18, Sep 25 at 3pm
FREE 60-minute Introduction to the Opera Talks by General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before each performance
All performances at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose

Bay Shore Lyric Opera
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) – Final two Opera in the Park performances of this family-friendly masterpiece, sung in Italian with spoken English dialogue. Featuring sopranos Kristin Genis-Lund as Susannah and Jennifer Der Torossian-Studley as the Countess, baritone Julio Ferrari as the Count, and bass-baritone Don Hoffman as Figaro; accompanied by Tamami Honma and members of the Winchester Orchestra, Michael DiGiacinto conducting. *FREE*
Sun Sep 18 at 2pm, Esplanade Stage, 100 Monterey Ave, Capitola
Sun Sep 25 at 2pm, Wildwood Park, 20764 4th Ave, Saratoga

Livermore Valley Opera or 925-373-6800
Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner) – LVO celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a unique opportunity for Bay Area opera fans to experience this masterpiece in an intimate 500 seat theater, with an all-star cast in role debuts: soprano Marie Plette (Merola 1992) as Senta, tenor David Gustafson as Eric, baritone Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler (2005-06) as Daland, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87) as the Dutchman; Alex Katsman (Merola 1999,2000) conducting.
Sat Sep 24 & Oct 1 at 7:30pm, Sun Sep 25 & Oct 2 at 2pm
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore

Palo Alto Jewish Community Center
The Dybbuk – WEST COAST PREMIERE of multimedia chamber opera by Ofer Ben-Amots, inspired by S. Ansky’s timeless Yiddish play. A young woman, near death, awakens to the whisper of a clarinet. She must choose between life with a man she does not know and death with her beloved, who has possessed her as a dybbuk—a deceased soul who takes possession of a living body.
Sat Sep 24 at 8pm & Sun Sep 25 at 5pm
Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Island City Opera or 510-263-8060
L’heure espagnole (Ravel) / La dame de Monte Carlo (Poulenc) – Baritone Bradley Kynard stars as the muleteer Ramiro in Opera Academy of California’s production of a hilarious farce about a lusty Spanish wife juggling lovers while her husband is preoccupied with clockwork mechanisms; the title can be loosely translated as “How They Make Time in Spain”. Also, soprano Julia Hunt Nielsen performs a 10-minute lyric tragedy about a woman, betrayed by her lovers and luck, who finds refuge in the elation of gambling. Tickets: $35 Adult, $10 Students (Children 12 & under FREE)
Sun Sep 25 at 3pm, Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda


Broadcasts – September 2016

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

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner) – When an impetuous young knight arrives in a proud German city and vows to win the love of a beautiful woman, his attempts to prove himself find sympathy in a wise cobbler-poet. British baritone James Rutherford is Hans Sachs with soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Eva, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Walther, and a host of Adler Fellows past & present; Mark Elder conducting.
Sat Sept 3 at 10am on WFMT.com

Giulio Cesare (Handel) – Archive performance starring Tatiana Troyanos (Julius Caesar), Valerie Masterson (Cleopatra), Sarah Walker (Cornelia), Delia Wallis (Sextus), James Bowman (Ptolemy); Charles Mackerras (Conductor). Recorded Summer 1982.
Sun Sept 4 at 10am on KDFC

The Magic Flute (Mozart) – In a fantastical world of ferocious dragons and enchanted musical instruments, a noble prince sets out to rescue a beautiful princess and ensure the triumph of truth and justice. With Paul Appleby (Tamino), Sarah Shafer (Pamina), Efraín Solís (Adler 2015, Papageno), Maria Valdes (Adler 2015, Papagena), Alfred Reiter (Sarastro), Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night). Conducted by Lawrence Foster. Recorded Fall 2015, War Memorial Opera House.
Sat Sept 10 at 10am on WFMT.com

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Cunning, clever, and big-hearted, Figaro is precisely the sort of person you want as a friend. His quick thinking proves invaluable in helping a young woman escape from the grasp of her guardian and into the arms of a noble suitor. With baritone Lucas Meacham (Adler 2005) as Figaro, mezzo Daniela Mack (Adler 2009) as Rosina, and tenor Rene Barbera (Merola 2008) as Count Almaviva; Giuseppe Finzi conducts.
Sat Sept 17 at 10am on WFMT.com

The Fall of the House of Usher (Debussy / Getty) – Double-bill of one-act operas by different composers, both based on Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting story of a decaying castle inhabited by a tormented man and his sickly sister who are manipulated by an sinister doctor. Starring Brian Mulligan, Jason Bridges, Joel Sorensen, and Adler Fellows Jacqueline Piccolino, Anthony Reed, and Edward Nelson; Lawrence Foster conducting. Recorded Fall 2015, War Memorial Opera House.
Sat Sept 24 at 10am on WFMT.com

Opening Night Gala – Live concert broadcast with Susan Graham and Renee Fleming performing selections from La Clemenza di Tito, Adriana Lecouvreur, Cosi fan tutte, Porgy and Bess, and more.
Wed Sept 7 at 8pm on KDFC

La Traviata (Verdi) – Renee Fleming gives a heart-breaking portrayal of the courtesan, Violetta Valery, who is torn between self-indulgence and her true love Alfredo, sung by Rolando Villazon (Merola 1998). This LA Opera production from 2006 also stars Renato Bruson as Germont and is directed by Marta Domingo and conducted by James Conlon.
Sat Sept 10 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)

Baroque Fireworks – 30th Anniversary Gala concert with Susan Graham (Merola 1987) featuring selections from Handel’s Ariodante, Arianna, and more.
Sun Sept 11 at 8pm on KDFC

Roberto Devereaux (Donizetti) – In this climactic opera of the trilogy, Sondra Radvanovsky plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in this bel canto masterpiece directed by David McVicar and conducted by Maurizio Benini.
Sun Sept 11 at 12noon – KQED Plus

Elektra (R. Strauss) – Genius director Patrice Chéreau didn’t live to see his great production make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme — unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner — who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as her fearsome mother, Klytämnestra, with soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens as her troubled siblings. Vincent Huguet directs and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts.
Sun Sept 18 at 12:30pm – KQED Plus

La Traviata (Verdi) – Star tenor and director Rolando Villazon (Merola 1998) brings his unique vision to Verdi’s tragic love story, setting the masterpiece within the vibrant and colorful world of the circus. The result is a production full of energy, attention to detail, and even a hint of melancholy. Starring Olga Peretyatko as the enthralling and heartbreaking heroine, Violetta, alongside the young Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan as Alfredo; Pablo Heras-Casado conducts.
Sun Sept 18 at 12noon & Tues Sept 20 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., San Jose

Rigoletto (Verdi) – Between the frivolous, licentious Duke, and Gilda, a victim of the ignorance which holds her captive, stands the double-faceted character of the hunchback court jester Rigoletto, both buffoon and curse-obsessed father. Starring Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) as the title character, Michael Fabiano as the Duke of Mantua, Olga Peretyatko as Gilda, Rafal Siwek as Sparafucile, and Vesselina Kasarova as Maddalena. This 2016 Opera National de Paris production is directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Nicola Luisotti.
Sat Sept 24 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa

Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) – Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996), Ildebrando D’arcangelo, Bo Skovhus, and Dorothea Roeschmann star in Claus Guth‘s 2006 production with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.
Sun Sept 11 at 1pm Koret Auditorium – SFPL Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF
Admission to each is free. Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 12:30pm.

La Boheme (Puccini) – The story of young artists who find and lose love in bohemian Paris and face the heartbreaking truth that love is not stronger than death. This film version, starring Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) and Rolando Villazon (Merola 1998), brings to vivid life the garrets and cafés of Paris and the joy and tragedy of la vie boheme.
Sun Sept 25 at 1pm Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Rd., Burlingame
Admission to each is free. Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 12:30pm.

The Verdi Requiem – In commemoration of the 2013 Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic perform a concert of the towering Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert presentation features soloists soprano Julianna Di Giacomo (Merola 1999), mezzo Michelle DeYoung, tenor Vittorio Grigolo, and bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.
Sun Sept 25 at 12:30pm – KQED Plus



Lectures, Workshops & Classes – September 2016

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are the educational opera-tunities we’ve gathered for you this month:

Ninety-minute sessions by noted musicologists, composers, librettists, and singers, locally sponsored by SF Opera Guild Chapters and the San Jose Opera Guild. These special events explore each opera’s historical and musical context as well as musical and dramatic challenges. Every session is illustrated by audio & visual examples and includes a question & answer and discussion period.
Andrea Chenier with SFO dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna
Dream of the Red Chamber with librettist David Henry Hwang and Ken Smith
Don Pasquale with mezzo-soprano and lecturer Deborah Rosengaus

Andrea Chenier – Tues Aug 30
Dream of the Red Chamber –  Tues Sept 6
Don Pasquale – Tues Sept 20
12noon *FREE* Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

Andrea Chenier – Tues Aug 30
Dream of the Red Chamber – Tues Sept 6
(No Don Pasquale preview offered by this chapter)
$10 fee, 7pm complimentary refreshments, 7:30pm lecture
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper, Palo Alto

Andrea Chenier – Wed Aug 31
Dream of the Red Chamber – Wed Sept 7
Don Pasquale – Wed Sept 21
10am; FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for everyone else
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos

Andrea Chenier – Wed Aug 31
Dream of the Red Chamber – Wed Sept 7
Don Pasquale – Thurs Sept 22
$10 fee, 7:30 pm check-in and coffee, 8:00 pm lecture
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Andrea Chenier – Mon Aug 29
Dream of the Red Chamber – Thurs Sept 8
Don Pasquale – Mon Sept 19
$10 fee, 7pm complimentary refreshments, 7:30pm lecture
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Get a rare glimpse into the creative process with our cast and production team. Singers, directors, conductors and composers share insights about bringing these operas to life. Free for SFO members, subscribers, and students with ID, $5 for the general public; tickets available at the door 30 minutes prior to discussion or online at the link above.
Andrea Chenier – Mon Aug 29
Dream of the Red Chamber – Thurs Sept 1
Don Pasquale – Mon Sept 26
6:30pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Tues Aug 30, 7:30 – 9pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
Tues Sept 6, 7:00 – 8:30pm Italian American Heritage Foundation, 425 N. Fourth St., SJ
Thurs Sept 8, 7:30 – 9pm Law offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
If you would like to attend the Los Gatos talk, and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please RSVP by calling Pat Miller at 408-871-7010. For more information, or to reserve a seat in San Jose or Palo Alto, please email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com.

The Modernity of Wagner – Much of the scholarly discussion of Richard Wagner as a tragic dramatist focuses on the influence upon him of the great dramatists of the past and in his own time. However Wagner’s music drama can also be seen as the first iteration of a tragic vision that was to become central to the drama of the modern world. In this talk, professor Simon Williams will explore that “modernity” and, in so doing, hopes to argue that Wagner is very much an artist for our own time, even an artist of our time.
Free for WSNC members; $10 for non-members
Sat Sept 17 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

Season Preview Lecture & Luncheon – Join General Director José Luis Moscovich and WBO resident artists featuring selected arias from Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Trittico, and Salome. $6 for JCC & SJOG members; $8 for nonmembers; $10 for walk-ins the day of. RSVP required for the luncheon.  Contact Cherie Ravel at 408-357-7462 or cherie@svjcc.org for more info.
Fri Sept 23, 10am – 1pm Addison-Penzak JCC 14855 Oka Rd., Los Gatos

Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, former president of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay) where and current co-principal oboe and solo English horn. 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!
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Don Giovanni is opera’s ultimate anti-hero. He’s seductive and cruel, dashing and depraved, funny and exasperating and courageous to the end. Enjoy video excerpts from the legendary 1954 Salzburg Festival performance, featuring the great Cesare Siepi.
Sun Sept 25, 2 – 3pm SFPL Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St. (near 24th and Castro)

Afternoon at the Opera – Eight-week course in opera appreciation. This fall features mezzo-soprano Deborah Rosengaus discussing homegrown American opera, Norm Rizzi on opera as theater, James Sokol on fachs and voice type classification, an inside look at singing in an opera chorus with SFO chorister Fred Matthews, and Shari Deghi guiding you through the Met Opera Live in HD broadcasts of Tristan und Isolde, Don Giovanni, L’Amour de Loin, and Nabucco.
Course fee $85 (registration open now or on the first day of class); drop-in fee $15 per single session.  For more information, call 650-558-2100.
Mon Sep 26 – Nov 14, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Metropolitan Opera Season – Instructor Diane Mauch leads this course on the first five Met Opera Live in HD  transmissions: Tristan und Isolde, Don Giovanni, L’Amour de Loin, Nabucco, and Romeo et Juliette. She’ll use CDs and DVDs to make vivid her exploration of the historical, musical, and theatrical high points of each. Whether you are a newcomer to opera or a veteran, here’s a chance to deepen your appreciation of the medium’s irresistible mix of music, drama, and visual splendor. $60 for OLLI & Rossmoor Opera Club membersl $84 for nonmembers.
Friday afternoons, 1 – 3pm Sept 30; Oct 7, 21 & 28; Nov 11 (no class Oct 14 or Nov 4)
Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek

Opera in Performance – This course will be centered around the three operas being performed in OSB’s 2016-17 season – Carmen, The Cunning Little Vixen, and La Rondine – and the Met Opera Live in HD transmissions of Don Giovanni, Romeo et Juliette, La Traviata, and Der Rosenkavalier. Led by UCSB professor Simon Williams, students will explore each opera’s background and context and take your experience to a whole new level of appreciation and understanding. Discover the wonder of opera, and share and discuss your experience with fellow opera aficionados.  Classes start October 17th but you can register now. Click on the link above for more information.