Ciao, Opera Mavens. We labored all weekend to find more good stuff for you!
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA
An Overture to the 2014-15 Opera Season – The musicians of the SFO Orchestra are pleased to announce a FREE concert conducted by our own fabulous Dawn Harms, featuring operatic favorites as well as some special surprises!
Thu Sep 4 at 8pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
SAN DIEGO OPERA www.sdopera.com
Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello in Recital – Even if you can’t attend the concert, you can read about this lovely young “Operatic Power Couple” with connections to the Bay Area (Ailyn was Merola 2005 and sang Violetta to Stephen’s Alfredo in SFO’s Traviata this summer) and their thoughts on expanding the art form’s audience base:
Fri Sep 5 at 7:30pm, Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego
LYRIC OPERA CHICAGO CONCERT ON RADIO www.wfmt.com
Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park – Barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien will be featured in LOC’s annual preview concert singing the title character in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (which he performed at SFO in 2006); he will join sopranos Marina Rebeka, Ana María Martínez, and bass Andrea Silvestrelli in the final scene from the opera. The program also includes Wagner’s overture to Tannhäuser, the Act I finale of Puccini’s Tosca featuring baritone Mark Delavan (Adler 1986-87) as Scarpia (a role he will reprise at SFO later this fall), and the entire third act of Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Sat Sep 6 at 5:30pm PST, available live online at wfmt.com
WEST BAY OPERA www.wbopera.org
Season Preview – General Director José Luis Moscovich and WBO’s singers present a preview of their upcoming season. FREE for San Jose Opera Guild and JCC Silicon Valley members, $10 non-members.
Fri Sep 19 at 10am, Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org
Season Preview – Two-hour program of vocal highlights and arias performed by members of OSJ’s resident ensemble followed by Q&A session. *FREE*
Wed Sep 24 at 7pm, Sunnyvale Public Library, 456 W. Olive Ave, Sunnyvale
Irene Dalis: Diva, Impresaria, Legend – Here’s another way to learn more about and support OSJ! Linda Riebel’s book (with foreword by Seattle Opera’s former General Director Speight Jenkins) is filled with backstage anecdotes, stories of luck and perseverance, and sketches of the great impresarios Rudolf Bing, Wieland Wagner, Kurt Herbert Adler, and Lotfi Mansouri. Now available in paperback for just $20 through amazon.com; all proceeds benefit OSJ: http://bit.ly/1qryCYu
STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/
Virgil’s Aeneid: The Romans’ National Epic – Want to get a head start on SFO’s Les Troyens this summer? Go straight to the source! Associate Professor of Classics Christopher Krebs leads a six-week course of study on the story of Aeneas: his flight from Troy, adventures, sacrifices, and long-anticipated but delayed arrival in Italy. Cost $255; register online for course code CLA 49.
Tue Sep 23-Oct 28, 7-9pm, Stanford University
BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA www.bslopera.com
Let’s Make an Opera – Unique opportunity for children (ages 5-16) to perform in one of the world’s most popular fairy tale operas, Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck! Principal roles will be taken by professional opera singers with a children’s chorus comprised of dancing and singing angels, animals, gingerbread children, and others; every child receives a part, no audition required. Cost $90, register on website: www.svjcc.org/culturalarts/cultural-arts-classes-and-lectures/
Classes: Sun Sep 28 through Nov 16, 2-5pm; Dress Rehearsal: Fri Nov 21, 3-5pm
Performances: Sat Nov 22 at 7pm and Sun 23 at 11:30am and 4pm
Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
ROSSMOOR OPERA AND BALLET CLUB
Blu-Ray Film Presentation – Livermore Valley Opera’s production of Cenerentola from last season, plus a brief discussion of the production elements involved in staging the opera. FREE for members, $5 for non-members; open to all, includes light refreshments.
Tue Sep 30 at 12:30pm, Peacock Theatre, Golden Rain Rd, Walnut Creek
BONUS ITEM: Philippe Sly in Tolkien inspired video
The following is by Mathieu Sly, brother of current Adler Fellow Philippe Sly:
“Since 2001 when The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released in theatres, my brother and I have been relentless fans of both films and books…
Here we offer our voices again. We want to thank everyone who made those first films and inspired two young boys to imagine.”