Opera Workshops, Lectures, and Classes – March 2015

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for the month:

SF CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
http://calendar.sfcm.edu/index.php?eID=747
Master Class with Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham
Tues Mar 3 at 2:30pm Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, 50 Oak St. San Francisco *FREE*

HUMANITIES WEST
http://www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1999
Bringing Lost Italian Carnival Music to the Stage – Join Ars Minerva’s Artistic Director and mezzo-soprano Céline Ricci and pianist Derek Tam performing and in conversation about their upcoming mid-March Premier of the lost Baroque Opera La Cleopatra. Cost is $25.  Thurs Mar 5 at 6pm Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St. San Francisco

ARS MINERVA
http://www.arsminerva.org
La Cleopatra TalkDr. Anna Claut, representative of La Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, will present the Contarini Collection, which includes La Cleopatra, and Dr. Paul Miller from Cornell University will share his musicological thoughts about this revival production.
Thurs Mar 12 at 6:30pm Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, 814 Montgomery St. San Francisco *FREE*

OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
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! Lectures are held at the San Francisco Public Library branches around the city.
Rusalka (Dvorak) – Sat Mar 14 from 2 – 3pm at the Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St. (near 24th and Castro)
The Flying Dutchman (Wagner) – Tues Mar 17 from 7 – 8pm at the Richmond Branch, 351 9th Ave (between Geary and Clement)

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/wsfevent/wagner-and-bernstein-parallels-and-contrasts
Wagner and Bernstein: Parallels and Contrasts – Former Met violinist and author Erica Miner leads a presentation that explores the parallels and contrasts in Wagner and Bernstein’s life paths and how their life works intersected.
Sat Mar 21 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St. San Francisco
Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD
http://www.operasj.org/events/416/sjog-lectureperformance/
Join the San Jose Opera Guild and Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley as OSJ General Director Larry Hancock and resident artists present a preview of their 2015-16 season. Event is free to SJOG and JCC members; $10 for nonmembers. A Shabbat lunch will be served at noon. Seniors (55 and over) may attend the lunch. Lunch is $6 for JCC and SJOG members; $8.50 for nonmembers. Send check to Cherie Ravel, Ste 201, 14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos CA 95032.
Fri Mar 27 from 10am – 12noon   JCC Silicon Valley 14855 Oka Rd. Los Gatos

ENJOY!

Broadcasts – March 2015

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

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
http://sfopera.com/Watch-Listen/Radio-Broadcasts.aspx
A Masked Ball (Verdi) – A Swedish king laughs off a fortune-teller’s warning of a plot against his life. But when his closest aide discovers the monarch is having an affair with his wife, the threat of assassination becomes real. Nicola Luisotti leads a cast featuring Ramón Vargas, Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980), Dolora Zajick (Adler 1985), and Julianna Di Giacomo (Merola 1999) in her SF Opera debut. Recorded Fall 2014, War Memorial Opera House.
Sun Mar 1 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GRAND OPERA CINEMA SERIES
In Carmel:  Salome (Strauss) – Considered scandalous when it premiered a century ago with its provocative “Dance of the Seven Veils,” this adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play has not lost its ability to shock. Set in Biblical times, this erotically charged opera centers on a tangled triangle: the persecuted John the Baptist, a lecherous King Herod and the monarch’s pathologically seductive stepdaughter, Salome. Nadja Michael sings the title role with Greer Grimsley as Jokanaan and Kim Begley as Herod. Production directed by James Robinson with Nicola Luisotti conducting.
Mon Mar 2 at 7pm Golden Bough Playhouse, Monte Verde St. (between 8th and 9th Aves) Carmel, CA (831) 622-0100 http://www.pacrep.org/EncoreFilms

In San Francisco:  Rigoletto (Verdi) – This masterpiece brings to life the vivid and compelling story of a vengeful court jester desperately attempting to protect his daughter from disaster. The world-class cast from Fall 2012 features baritone Zeljko Lucic in the title role and the SFO debut of soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda along with tenor Francesco Demuro as the Duke of Mantua. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Tues Mar 24 at 7:15pm and Sat Mar 28 at 10am (program discussion at 9:30am)
Sundance Kabuki Theatre, 1881 Post St., San Francisco
https://www.sundancecinemas.com/alt_programming.html

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY OPERA SERIES
http://sfopera.com/Learn/Family-Programs/Free-Family-Movie-Screenings.aspx
The Magic Flute for Families – Bring the whole family on a magical journey with this one hour version of Mozart’s famous opera. The Magic Flute is the charming story of Prince Tamino and bird catcher Papageno’s journey to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. This production was presented for families at San Francisco Opera in 2007 and is in English with English subtitles. Admission is FREE and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open 30 minutes prior and a 15minute live introduction will precede each screening.
Sat March 7 at 3pm – Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley
Sun March 15 at 1pm and 3pm – Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose (museum admission fee required)
Sun March 22 at 4pm – Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Mon March 30 at 3:30pm – Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=15125
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)- The Met’s effervescent production of this classic comedy features some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in opera. Christopher Maltman is the endlessly resourceful and charming barber himself with Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina and Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, Count Almaviva; Michele Mariotti conducts.
Mon Mar 23 at 8pm – KQED Life
Tues Mar 24 at 2am – KQED Life

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=67
Pavarotti: A Voice for the AgesLuciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. This program celebrates the 50th anniversary since his career debut in Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich and finally London where he substituted for the ailing Giuseppe di Stefano as Rodolfo in La Boheme. It is Pavarotti who brought opera to the masses and made soccer fans worldwide fall in love with “Nessun dorma.” This program includes that hit and other beloved arias from La Boheme, Rigoletto and Aida; Neapolitan songs in arrangements by Henry Mancini including “Mamma” and “O Sole Mio”; favorite sacred songs like “Ave Maria” and “O Holy Night”; as well as popular duets with Bono, Sting and Eric Clapton.
Fri Mar 6 at 11pm – KQED 9 and KQED Life
Fri Mar 7 at 5am – KQED 9 and KQED Life

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
http://www.metopera.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx
La Donna del Lago (Rossini) – Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti. Sat Mar 14 at 9:55am (live) and Wed March 18 at 6:30pm (encore)

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
http://www.kdfc.com/The-Metropolitan-Opera-on-KDFC/15771717
Carmen (Bizet) – The steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Jonas Kaufmann is her desperate lover, the soldier Don Jose, and Ildar Abdrazakov is Escamillo, the swaggering bullfighter that comes between them. Louis Langree conducts. Sat Mar 7 at 10am

La Donna del Lago (Rossini) – Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) and Juan Diego Florez join forces for this showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the title “lady of the lake” and Florez is the king who relentlessly pursues her.  Conducted by Michele Mariotti. Sat Mar 14 at 10am

Manon (Massenet) – Vocally high-flying soprano Diana Damrau sings her first Met performances of Massenet’s beguiling heroine opposite ardent tenor Vittorio Grigolo in Laurent Pelly’s elegant production.  Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.
Sat Mar 21 at 10am

Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) – Albina Shagimuratova sings bel canto’s unhinged bride, delivering opera’s most thrilling mad scene. Joseph Calleja is her tragic lover.  Conducted by Maurizio Benini.   Sat Mar 28 at 10am

CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
http://www.cameracinemas.com/operas.shtml
Tosca (Puccini) – In a mythical yet real Rome, from the shadows of the church of Sant’ Andrea della Valle to the terrace of Castello Sant’ Angelo, passions collide and tear all apart, mingling the erotic with the sacred, love with possession, theatre with life. This new production from the Opera de Paris stars Martina Serafin (Tosca), Marcelo Alvarez (Cavaradossi), and Ludovic Tezier (Scarpia). Conducted by Daniel Oren and directed by Pierre Audi.
Sun Mar 15 at 12 noon and Tues Mar 17 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., San Jose

THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
Der fliegende Holländer (Wagner) – Director Tim Albery’s Olivier Award-nominated production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner’s early masterpiece. Starring Bryn Terfel, Adrianne Pieczonka, and Michael König; conducted by Andris Nelsons.
Sat Mar 21 at 10am Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Avenue (at Ashby) Berkeley
http://rialtocinemas.com/index.php?location=elmwood&film=2014_royal_opera
Sun Mar 29 at 11am Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco
http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Special-Events-San-Francisco

MEROLA GOES TO THE MOVIES
http://merolaopera.info/calendar
Manon (Massenet) – Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) and Rolando Villazón (Merola 1998) shine in this lyrical, passionate love story. Sheltered Manon Lescaut is on her way to a convent when she falls madly in love. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim, this masterwork takes you from the splendors of Paris to the desolation of a Louisiana swamp, all set to Massenet’s ravishing score. Directed by Vincent Paterson at the Staatskapelle Berlin, 2007.
Sun Mar 22 at 1pm Koret Auditorium – SFPL Main Branch, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco
Admission is FREE. Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 12:30 pm.

ENJOY!

SF Opera Emergency Online Prop Auction

Ciao, Opera Mavens. The SF Opera is closing its Indiana Street warehouse and everything in it must go in the next couple of days. Here is their “emergency plea” for help.

Announcing: The first (and hopefully last) Emergency Online Prop Auction!!!!

www.32auctions.com/SFOPERAPROPS

We must be out of the Indiana St. warehouse by this Friday. In a last minute attempt to get good homes with some compensation for the work that goes into them, we are hosting a

LAST MINUTE EMERGENCY ONLINE AUCTION OF SOME OF THE PROP ITEMS THAT WOULD BE LEFT WITH THE BUILDING WHEN IT IS RAZED.

IMPORTANT: When you bid on an item, please be prepared to pick it up from 800 Indiana St. Wednesday afternoon or any time Thursday between 8 and 5pm.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED: HOBBYISTS (lots of project furniture), ANTIQUE DEALERS, ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, TEACHERS, OPERA FANS, COLLECTORS: PASS IT ON! FACEBOOK AND TWITTER THE SITE.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

Tix: Opera Parallèle – Feb 21

OPERABOBB’S TICKET EXCHANGE — For the admissionally challenged;
please communicate directly with the seller.

Opera Parallèle ticket for Sale by Kathy Crandall
Dead Man Walking
(Heggie):  Row D-6 on Saturday, February 21 at the  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The  ticket is held at the box office.   She can send  a copy of the form and let  the box office know  someone else will pick it up.  Cost is $63.50, but any reasonable offer accepted.   skimeup@gmail.com