Ciao, Opera Mavens. Plenty of opera-tunities to party hearty in your fanciest formalwear or get down and dirty in T-shirt and jeans!
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD
http://sfopera.com/Events/Opera-Guild/Opera-Ball-2014.aspx or 415-565-3204
Opera Ball 2014: Passione – A magical evening awaits! SF City Hall will be transformed into Caesar’s Palace for an elegant cocktail reception and banquet before the Opening Night performance of Norma followed by desserts and dancing afterwards. Tickets start at $1500 (a portion is tax-deductible); all proceeds help SFOG provide the benefits of arts education that only opera can deliver to more than 60,000 students in over 230 schools throughout Northern California every year.
Fri Sep 5 at 5pm, San Francisco City Hall
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA BRAVO! CLUB
http://sfopera.com/Bravo-Club/BRAVO!-Gala-Tickets.aspx or 415-621-4403
Opening Night Gala – Celebrate SFO’s 92nd Season with other young opera lovers (ages 21-40)! Begin the evening with champagne on the outdoor loggia of the Opera House before the performance; festivities continue afterwards at nearby Jardinière restaurant featuring their signature cuisine and sophisticated cocktails, plus two floors of dancing. Tickets start at $195; last year’s Gala sold out so purchase your tickets soon to be included in this new tradition.
Fri Sep 5 at 6:30pm, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Opening Night Party – Reception for OSJ’s new General Director Larry Hancock, new Music Director Joseph Marcheso, and opening night cast of Rigoletto; includes prosecco and wine, savories and dessert, coffee and tea. Tickets $50 per person; available by advance purchase only, no sales at the door.
Sat Sep 6 at 11pm, Palm Room, Sainte Claire Hotel, 302 So Market St, San Jose
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA http://sfopera.com/Season-Tickets/Opera-in-the-Park.aspx
Opera in the Park – Annual al fresco concert featuring stars from the upcoming fall season and SFO Orchestra conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti. *FREE*; bring a picnic to enjoy or purchase food and beverages at the event.
Sun Sep 7 at 1:30pm, Sharon Meadow, Bowling Green Drive, Golden Gate Park, SF
WEST EDGE OPERA www.westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903
Opera Off the Deep End – WEO’s 4th Annual Comedy Night; enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by a delicious buffet dinner and rollicking evening of hilarious musical entertainment including Music Director Jonathan Khuner’s Operatic Nightmares I Have Known: Tales from the Prompter’s Box, soprano Marie Plette’s version of Anna Russell’s hilarious lecture on Wagner’s Ring Cycle, tenor Pedro Rodelas singing selections from Cabaret, and a special appearance by the delightful Kathleen Moss. Tickets $125 VIP Preferred Seating, $75 Regular; all proceeds support WEO (a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible).
Sat Sep 13 at 6:30pm, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Ave, Albany
ROSSMOOR OPERA AND BALLET CLUB
50th Anniversary Concert – Soprano Nicolle Foland (Adler 1995-96) and bass-baritone Bojan Knecevic (Adler 1995) present a program of opera arias and duets accompanied by pianist Ron Valentino (Merola 1990); also on the program is chamber music by the Delphi Piano Trio and the Rossmoor Chorus performing favorite songs from the 1960s. *FREE* and open to the public, no tickets required; light refreshments served at intermission.
Mon Sep 15 at 6:30pm, Rossmoor Event Center, 1021 Stanley Dollar Dr, Walnut Creek
BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA www.bslopera.com
Opera in the Park – Come enjoy a FREE family-friendly concert including beloved arias and ensembles from favorite composers plus a preview of music from our upcoming season (Hansel and Gretel, Madama Butterfly, The Child and The Spells).
Sun Sep 14 at 3pm, Town Square (across from Fox Theater), Redwood City
Sat Sep 27 at 11am, Santana Row Valencia Stage, San Jose
SEBASTIANI THEATRE FOUNDATION www.sebastianitheatrefoundation.org
Showcasing the Arts Brunch – Please join us for a special event to help underwrite our next opera series entitled Love, Lust and Longing (four lectures by Kayleen Asbo followed by movie presentations of SFO operas at Sonoma’s Sebastiani Theatre in November and December). Baritone Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06) will sing selections from the featured operas (Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, Porgy and Bess) in Judy and Irwin Miller’s lovely home filled with their photography and contemporary art collection. $150 per person, includes admission to upcoming series; to purchase contact Board@sebastianitheatrefoundation.org or 707-540-6119 x3.
Sun Sep 21 at 11 am, Petaluma (address provided with ticket purchase)
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-373-6800
Opening Night Gala – Welcome reception followed by three-course dinner with wine timed to accommodate pre-opera lecture and new earlier curtain time; specialty desserts served at the Bankhead Theater. Tickets $85 per person (separate ticket required for opera performance), available online or at the Bankhead Ticket Office.
Sat Sep 27 at 4pm, Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard, 39 So Livermore Ave, Livermore