Tix: Chenier

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

Andrea Chenier for Sale from Patricia.

Opening night Fri Sep 9 at 8pm. Two premium orchestra tickets on the center aisle half way back. $300 each. 415-929-0535.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING TO OPERABOBB’S TICKET EXCHANGE
Email request to press@operabobb.com and use the following format (it’s more efficient for us this way):

Opera Name for sale (or wanted) by Your Name
Date and time, number of tickets, seat location (plus comment on location if appropriate), your $ charge for the ticket, and how to contact (email and/or telephone)

Hot Stream from Vienna Tomorrow Morning – Plus

Ciao,  Opera Maven. Tomorrow morning, Aug 10, starting at 10:30 you can see Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra live from Vienna. Stars Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Ferrucio Furlanetto, Francesco Meli, and Barbara Frittoli.

There’s More:

Gounod’s Faust from the Salzburg Festival is coming up for streaming on Medici.tv Aug 23 at 10am. Stars Piotyr Beczala and Ildar Abdrazakov.

An OperaBobb Sidebar:IMG_20160806_185857325_HDR (2)

Saw Rossini’s Comte Ory in Seattle last Friday. Really good show. Before the performance, in the lobby, a 4-piece jazz band called The Bad Habits played while dressed in nun’s garb.IMG_20160806_185925491_HDR (1)

Enjoy!

Opera News: a Death, Parsifal, and Trump in Opera

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Sad news. Patrice Munsel died on Aug 4. She was 91. In 1956

Patrice Munsel

Patrice Munsel

She sang Dorabella in Cosi and Adina in Elixir at the SF Opera in 1956. The link below has photos and a TV video of “The Patrice Munsel Show” from 1958.

Opera Nostalgia

Parsifal from Bayreuth. You probably had trouble trying to stream this Parsifal. Try this link. It worked for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riaIjrl4k0w&feature=share

AND NOW THIS: Former Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins on Donald Trump in Opera.

TRUMP’S PARTNER IN OPERA by Speight Jenkins

Enjoy!

Classes, Lectures, & Workshops – August 2016

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

CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
http://www.ccsf.edu/Schedule/Fall/music.shtml
SF Opera 2016-17 Season Preview Course – Join instructor Pamela Kamatani, PhD, for a lively course on the history of opera and an introduction to all of the operas in the 2016–17 Season. Music 27B, 3 units.  Continuing Education enrollment available. For more information, contact (415) 239-3641.
Mon Aug 15 – Dec 12 from 6 – 9pm Arts Building, Room A214, CCSF 50 Phelan Ave., SF

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
http://sfopera.com/previews
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 lectures by SFO Dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna.

MARIN CHAPTER: Mon Aug 29
$10 fee, 7pm complimentary refreshments, 7:30pm lecture
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

SF CHAPTER: Tues Aug 30 at 12noon *FREE*
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

PENINSULA CHAPTER: Tues Aug 30
$10 fee, 7pm complimentary refreshments, 7:30pm lecture
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper, Palo Alto

EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed Aug 31
$10 fee, 7:30 pm check-in and coffee, 8:00 pm lecture
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Wed Aug 31 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for everyone else
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA INSIGHT PANELS
http://www.sfopera.com/insights
Renowned artists and personalities from the world of opera, including cast and crew members from the production, share behind-the-scene insights and experiences during these informal panel discussions. 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 at 6:30pm
Dream of the Red Chamber – Thurs Sept 1 at 6:30pm
Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Aug 30 at 12noon Beethoven Center, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 4th and San Fernando Sts, San Jose

USF – FROMM INSTITUTE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
http://usf.usfca.edu/fromm//CourseCatalogs/Fall2016CourseCatalog.pdf
Puccini, Please! – The last of the great Italian opera composers, Giacomo Puccini never fails to thrill us with his soaring melodies or move us with his pathos. With SFO dramaturg Kip Cranna as your instructor, this class will take a closer look at the world behind Puccini’s music, search for the real people and true stories behind his operas, and uncover fascinating details about his often tumultuous career. We’ll investigate his life and art in their historical context and use video examples to examine his emotionally stirring music dramas. No previous opera background required. Just watch, listen, and enjoy! Enrollment going on now through Sept 9. Please see the link above for fees, location, and registration info.
Thurs Sept 15 – Nov 3 from 10 – 11:40am

ENJOY!