More Special Events Oct-Dec

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Warm up for the holidays with these celebrations!

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD EAST BAY CHAPTER
http://sfopera.com/Events/Opera-Guild/EAST-BAY-CHAPTER-ADLER-FELLOWS-CONCERT.aspx
Adler Fellows Concert – Members and guests are invited to a special performance by soprano Jacqueline Piccolino and tenor A.J. Glueckert accompanied by pianist Robert Mollicone; wine and light refreshments served afterwards. Tickets $45; proceeds benefit education programs for students grades K-12 and young singers in the Merola Opera and Adler Fellowship programs.
Sat Oct 25 at 5pm, Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD SONOMA COUNTY CHAPTER
An Intimate Evening with Mark Delavan
– Benefit for Opera a la Carte schools program. Tickets $50 per person, students half price, pay at the door; RSVP Neva Turer at ,707-539-1220.
Mon Oct 27 at 6pm, Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PENINSULA CHAPTER
Friendly Fall Gathering
– Member appreciation event, non-members welcome; includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and special discounted cash bar (does not include hotel parking at $2 per hour). Cost: $7 if payment received by Nov 5, otherwise $10 at the door. Send advance payment to SFOG, Peninsula Chapter, 265 Marmona Ct, Menlo Park CA 94025.
Sat Nov 8 at 3pm, Cardinal Club Lounge, Sheraton Hotel, 625 El Camino, Palo Alto

OPERA SAN JOSE  www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Opening Night Reception – Meet OSJ’s new General Director Larry Hancock, new Music Director Joseph Marcheso, and members of The Italian Girl in Algiers cast following the opening night performance; includes prosecco and wine, savories and dessert, coffee or tea. $50 per person; advance tickets only, no sales at the door.
Sat Nov 15 at 11pm, Sainte Claire Hotel, 302 So Market St, San Jose

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD
http://sfopera.com/Events/Opera-Guild/A-Paris-Holiday–Dinner-on-the-Opera-House-Stage.aspx
A Paris Holiday: Dinner on the Opera House Stage – Join us as we honor renowned opera supporter and philanthropist Diane B. Wilsey. Festivities begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby of the Opera House; immediately following, guests will be led onstage where they will be transported to 19th century Paris for dinner and dancing on the set of La Bohème. Tickets start at $750; proceeds benefit SFOG’s educational programs throughout Northern California.
Mon Dec 1 at 6pm, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

FESTIVAL OPERA www.festivalopera.org or 925-944-9610
Holiday Gala
– Enjoy an evening of elegant dining and vocal performances by soprano Shawnette Sulker and bass-baritone Kirk Eichelberger; includes wine reception, silent and live auctions, and valet parking. $125 per person through Nov 3, $150 thereafter; tables of 10 receive special gifts. RSVP by Nov 28 to mimi@festivalopera.org.
Wed Dec 3 at 6:30pm, Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Enjoy!

Hurry: Met Macbeth on YouTube + Other News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) has been universally acclaimed for her Lady Macbeth at the Met. Last week’s HD Simulcast is now up and running on YouTube (probably it won’t stay up for very long). So that you understand what all the fuss is about go to: http://tinyurl.com/mvmrhw3.

Anna Caterina Antonacci will be in San Francisco this coming summer to sing both Cassandra in Hector Berlioz’s The Trojans and the lead role in the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s Two Women. A new live concert today from Toulouse is now available on www.medici.tv. The program begins with Benjamin Britten’s magnificent Four Sea Interludes. Next, Antonacci sings Berlioz’s Summer Nights.

Michael Fabiano will be singing Rodolfo in SF Opera’s La Boheme which opens on November 14. He is available in a live concert from Greene Space which was originally streamed on Tuesday. Renata Scotto is a special guest. This stream may only be up for a couple of weeks: http://new.livestream.com/thegreenespace/events/3430401.

Amazing Opera Stuff to Report

Ciao, Opera Mavens. JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE PARTENOPE! I had never heard of this opera but at the dress rehearsal, I and in fact the whole opera house seemed to be swept away by this very funny and charming production. With Handel’s music, we often have to make a mental adjustment because the “da capo” arias sometimes seem to go on and on and on. Stage Director Christopher Alden, however, knew exactly where to put the shtick to turn the total effect into a delightful and amusing experience. Amazing! Partenope Sneak Peek Partenope opens on Wednesday October 15 and runs for six performance through November 2. By the way, it’s pronounced par-TEN-o-pay.

SF Chronicle on Soprano Danielle de Niese.

Also, I’ve often wondered about Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa, one of the composer’s lesser known works. Well, I found a wonderful Mazeppa on YouTube! It’s from the Kirov (1996) and Valerie Gergiev conducts. It’s starts with a marvelously energetic overture and goes up hill from there. Be sure to see the fantastic Russian dancing in the middle of the first scene. (There’s another version available on YouTube from Zagreb (2010) but it’s drab and not half as exciting.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89LKnsvy2vo

In Other News:

I’ve seen seven productions of Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, including the production currently running at the Mountain View Performing Arts Center. Folks, this Theatre Works production is really exciting. http://www.theatreworks.org/shows/1415-season/sweeneytodd

Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) at Carnegie Hall. Her concert will be streamed live Nov 4 at 5pm. http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/11/4/0800/PM/Joyce-Didonato-David-Zobel/

Bryan Hymel  (Merola 2001) will sing Aeneas in next Summer’s production of The Trojans.

Article in the “Times-Picayune” with video: http://tinyurl.com/msomksa

Carmen in Australia: Australian opera company bans ‘Carmen’ for smoking Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian opera company is being criticized for banning as part of a sponsorship deal performances of “Carmen” …

UPDATE: Carmen reversal: WA Opera’s Carmen sponsorship smoking row extinguished after Government intervention ABC7 News  The West Australian Government will direct its health promotion agency to allow the WA Opera to perform Carmen after a public outcry and …

Met’s Credit Rating Under Review for Downgrade. From the New York Times:

The gravity of the Metropolitan Opera’s financial challenges was underscored on Wednesday when Moody’s Investors Service said it was putting the opera company under review for a possible downgrade of its credit rating.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/arts/music/metropolitan-operas-credit-rating-is-under-review-for-possible-downgrade.html?ref=music

https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-reviews-Metropolitan-Opera-Association-NY-A3-for-downgrade–PR_309735

Sacramento: Sacto arts organizations bequeathed a whopping sum: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/03/6676800/sacramento-classical-music-groups.html

Special Events – One Very Soon!

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here are some items not on our usual menu:

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES
http://sfperformances.org/education/salons.shtml
Salon at the Rex
– Adler Fellows soprano Erin Johnson and mezzo Zanda Švēde perform a program of solos and duets accompanied by pianist Robert Mollicone. Tickets $25; available through cityboxoffice.com.
Wed Oct 15 at 6:30pm, Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco

FINE ARTS MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO

Family Day
A Celebration of Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House, featuring art-making activities, organ concert, and performances by SF Opera artists countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, mezzo Meghan Marino, and soprano Stacey Tappan. General museum admission is required for programs in the galleries and theater. Programs in the Court of Honor are free and open to the public without museum admission; see website for more information.
Sat Oct 25 at 12 noon, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD EAST BAY CHAPTER
http://sfopera.com/Events/Opera-Guild/EAST-BAY-CHAPTER-ADLER-FELLOWS-CONCERT.aspx
Adler Fellows Concert
– Members and guests are invited to a special performance by soprano Jacqueline Piccolino and tenor A.J. Glueckert accompanied by pianist Robert Mollicone; wine and light refreshments served afterwards. Tickets $45; proceeds benefit education programs for students grades K-12 and young singers in the Merola Opera and Adler Fellowship programs.
Sat Oct 25 at 5pm, Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM
  www.merola.org or 415-565-6427
Merola Plus Music Trivia Night: Rossini, Martinis and a Little Night Music
Break out your inner music nerd with a fun night of music trivia; answer questions at all skill levels about opera and musical theatre to win prizes. We’ll also have special live singing clues provided by Renée Rapier (Merola 2010-11) plus complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials! Admission FREE with advance reservation; email KSepich@SFOpera.com.
Wed Oct 29 at 7 pm, Sugar Lounge, 377 Hayes Street, San Francisco

LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE
  www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797
Sherlock Who? Annual Champagne Gala and AuctionThe most uproarious fun(d)raiser in town; a full-length original satire set (mostly) to the music of Arthur Sullivan. Includes raffle, silent auction (starts at 3pm), and post-performance champagne reception with the cast.
Sun Nov 2 at 4pm, Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco
Sun Nov 9 at 4pm, Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View

Enjoy!