Special Events – September 2014

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Plenty of opera-tunities to party hearty in your fanciest formalwear or get down and dirty in T-shirt and jeans!

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

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


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



Operas, Concerts, Recitals – September 2014

Ciao, Opera Mavens. We’re kicking off the fall season with everything from heavy-furniture grand operas to intimate recitals!

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA  www.sfopera.com  or 415-864-3330

Norma (Bellini) – A Druid priestess betrays her people by falling in love with an occupying Roman soldier; new production starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, mezzo Daveda Karanas (Adler 2008-09), tenor Marco Berti, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn; Nicola Luisotti conducting.
Fri Sep 5 at 8pm, Wed Sep 10 at 7:30pm, Sun Sep 14 at 2pm, Fri Sep 19 at 7:30pm, Tue Sep 23 at 7:30pm, Sat Sep 27 at 7:30pm, Tue Sep 30 at 7:30pm

Susannah (Floyd) – Deep in an Appalachian valley a beautiful young woman provokes both sexual desire and sanctimonious scorn. Company premiere of this quintessential American opera featuring soprano Patricia Racette (Adler 1989-90), mezzo Catherine Cook (Adler 1991-92), tenor Brandon Jovanovich, and bass-baritone Raymond Aceto; Karen Kamensek conducting.
Sat Sep 6 at 7:30pm, Tue Sep 9 at 7:30pm, Fri Sep 12 at 7:30pm, Tue Sep 16 at 7:30pm, Sun Sep 21 at 2pm

All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, SF
Pre-Opera Talks begin one hour prior to curtain time in the Orchestra section of the main theater before every performance; FREE to ticket holders.

OPERA SAN JOSE  www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450

Rigoletto (Verdi) – Masterful tale of innocence lost and vengeance gone tragically awry: a deformed court jester tries to protect his virtuous daughter from the licentious duke who seduces and then abandons her. Cast includes baritone Matthew Hanscom (Merola 2007) in the title role; Joseph Marcheso conducting.
Sat Sep 6 at 8pm, Sun Sep 7 at 3pm, Thu Sep 11 at 8pm, Sun Sep 14 at 3pm, Fri Sep 19 at 8pm, Sun Sep 21 at 3pm

All performances at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
Introduction to the Opera Talks by General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before each performance; FREE to ticket holders.

VERISMO OPERA  www.verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508

La Boheme (Puccini) – Alternating casts perform this romantic opera about Rodolfo, the aspiring poet who falls in love with Mimi, a fragile seamstress. Tickets $25 General, $18 Seniors / Students, $12 Children under 12; available through brownpapertickets.com.
Sat Sep 13 at 7:30pm & Sun Sep 14 at 2pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

OLD FIRST CHURCH CONCERTS  415-474-1608 or www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Songs & Psalmody– The Vinaccesi Ensemble (soprano Nanette McGuinness, mezzo Kindra Scharich, tenor Jonathan Smucker, and bass Kirk Eichelberger) perform a program of rarely heard Italian madrigals, canzonettas, and psalm settings. Tickets $17 General, $14 Seniors, $5 Students, Children free.
Sun Sep 7 at 4pm
Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St (at Van Ness Ave), San Francisco

LIEDER ALIVE!  www.liederalive.org or 415-561-0100

Im Abendrot: Songs of Schubert and Strauss – Renowned countertenor Brian Asawa (Adler 1992) and pianist Kevin Korth perform a Gala Opening concert followed by a reception with the artists; seating is limited, advance ticket purchase highly recommended! Premium Reserved Seating available for $75 in advance through eventbrite.com; General Admission $35 in advance or $40 at the door.
Sun Sep 7 at 5pm (doors open at 4:30pm)
Music Salon at Salle Pianos, 1632-C Market St, San Francisco

OPERA ON TAP  www.operaontap.org/san-francisco/

New Venue Opening – Opera on Tap moves to a new venue! Local singers let their hair down and bring you into what feels like an after hours backstage party, singing some of opera’s best and little known pieces in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where spirits and laughter flow freely.
Sat Sep 20 at 7pm, The Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St (at 17th), San Francisco

NORTH STATE SYMPHONY www.northstatesymphony.org

Ryan Kuster in Concert – Bass-baritone Adler alumnus (2011-12) featured in a program that includes the overture to Bernstein’s Candide, three arias from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1; Christian Baldini conducting. Tickets start at $22.
Sat Sep 20 at 7:30pm, Laxson Auditorium, 400 West 1st St, Chico
Sun Sep 21 at 2pm, Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market St, Redding

www.townsendoperaplayers.com or 209-523-6426

Adler Fellows in Recital – Sopranos Erin Johnson and Jacqueline Piccolino, mezzo Zanda Svede, and baritone Hadleigh Adams perform an exclusive concert in the intimate Foster Theatre. Tickets start at $20.
Thu Sep 25 at 7:30pm, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St, Modesto

LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA  www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-960-9210

Rigoletto (Verdi) – Baritone Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06) takes the title role with soprano Kathleen Magee as Gilda, Michael-Paul Krubitzer as the Duke, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87) as Sparafucile in this melodic and dramatic masterpiece of social commentary. Tickets start at $39.
Sat Sep 27 & Oct 4 at 7:30pm, Sun Sep 28 & Oct 5 at 2pm
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore


Broadcasts – September 2014

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your September TV, movie, and radio opera-tunities:


I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini) – The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired some of Bellini’s most beautiful melodies. This bel canto gem from Fall 2012 stars Joyce DiDonato, Nicole Cabell, Saimir Pirgu, and Eric Owens with costumes by legendary fashion designer Christian Lacroix.
Thurs Sept 4 – 8pm – KQED 9
Mon Sept 8 – 7pm – KQED Life

Attila (Verdi) – The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. This production from Summer 2012 stars Ferruccio Furlanetto, Samuel Ramey, Quinn Kelsey, Lucrecia Garcia, and Diego Torre.
Thurs Sept 11 – 8pm – KQED 9
Mon Sept 15 – 7pm – KQED Life

Mefistofele (Boito) – This resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust is one of the most impressive productions ever seen on the SF Opera stage. This production from Fall 2013 stars Ildar Abdrazakov, Ramón Vargas, and Patricia Racette.
Thurs Sept 25 – 9pm – KQED 9
Mon Sept 29 – 9pm – KQED Life

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES  www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/schedule/

Renee Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg
Join these two world-famous singers as they travel to Russia for a special visit to historic locations in St. Petersburg where they’ll sing arias and duets by Verdi and Tchaikovsky, as well as the Russian songs of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
Mon Aug 25 – 7pm – KQED Life
Tue Aug 26 – 1am – KQED Life

Verdi RequiemGustavo Dudamel leads the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The performance features soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, mezzo Michelle DeYoung, tenor Vittorio Grigolo and bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.
Wed Sept 3 – 8pm – KRCB 22.1 (Sonoma) krcb.org/tv-22-schedule
Sun Sep 14 – 12pm – KQED Plus www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=67

Il Postino (Catán) – This opera tells the story of a shy young postman in a tiny Italian fishing village that discovers the courage to pursue his dreams through his daily deliveries to his only customer, the esteemed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, played by Placido Domingo. This LA Opera production also features Charles Castronovo, Amanda Squitieri, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, Vladimir Chernov and Nancy Fabiola Herrera.
Mon Sept 1 – 12am – KVIE 6.2 (Central Valley/Sierras)


Così fan tutte (Mozart) – Music director James Levine made his long-awaited return to the Met podium conducting this beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, and Danielle de Niese is the scheming Despina.
Sun Sept 7 – 12pm – KQED 9


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sondheim) – Murder, mayhem, and the ultimate revenge! This musical masterpiece comes back to life in this bold new concert production from The New York Philharmonic starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson.
Fri Sept 26 – 9pm – KQED 9
Sat Sept 27 – 3am – KQED 9
Tue Sept 30 – 9pm – KQED Life

MEROLA GOES TO THE MOVIES  www.merola.org/calendar

Anna Bolena (Donizetti) – This dramatic retelling of Anne Boleyn’s tragedy is brought to life in stunning performances by international stars Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo. Betrayal and passion ensue as Anna’s unfaithful husband drives her insane in his plot to bring his mistress to the throne. Production is from the Vienna State Opera (2011) directed by Eric Génovèsé.
Sun Sept 21 – 1pm (doors open at 12:30pm)
Koret Auditorium – San Francisco Public Library Main Branch – 100 Larkin Street
Admission is FREE. Seating is on a first-come basis, advance reservations not accepted.


Der fliegende Holländer (Wagner) with Greer Grimsley (The Dutchman), Lise Lindstrom (Senta), Ian Storey (Erik), Kristinn Sigmundsson (Daland); conducted by Patrick Summers. Recorded Fall 2013.
Sat Sept 6 – 10am – Listen at WFMT.com

La Traviata (Verdi) with Nicole Cabell (Violetta), Saimir Pirgu (Alfredo), Vladimir Stoyanov (Giorgio Germont), Zanda Švede (Flora); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Summer 2014. Sun Sept 7 – 8pm – KDFC
(also available on-demand at KDFC.com for one month after air date)

Peter Grimes (Britten) FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jon Vickers (Peter Grimes), Heather Harper (Ellen Orford), Sheila Nadler (Auntie), Geraint Evans (Captain Balstrode), Alexander Malta (Swallow); conducted by John Pritchard. Recorded Fall 1976.
Sat Sept 13 – 10am – Listen at WFMT.com

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) with Lucas Meacham (Figaro), Isabel Leonard (Rosina), Javier Camarena (Count Almaviva), Alessandro Corbelli (Doctor Bartolo); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Fall 2012.
Sat Sept 20 – 10am – Listen at WFMT.com

Die Frau ohne Schatten (Strauss) FROM THE ARCHIVES: Presented in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth. Leonie Rysanek (The Empress), Matti Kastu (The Emperor), Walter Berry (Barak), Ursula Schröder-Feinen (Barak’s Wife), Ruth Hesse (The Empress’s nurse); conducted by Karl Böhm. Recorded October 15, 1976.
Sat Sept 27 – 10am – Listen at WFMT.com


Tix: Norma & Masked Ball at SFO

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

Norma for Sale by Patricia
Fri Sep 5 at 8pm (Opening Night), two tickets, Row N, center section on aisle,
$275 each; contact 415-929-0535.

For Sale by Lynn Price
Norma, Sun Sep 14 at 2pm, one ticket, Balcony Side, Row A, $27
Masked Ball, Sun Oct 19 2pm, one ticket, Balcony Side, Row A, $27
Contact lynnprice44@hotmail.com or 925-933-9487

Masked Ball for Sale from Sharon Lingane
Sun Oct 19 at 2pm, one ticket, Orchestra, Row Z, Seat 120, $90;
contact SKram@Lingane.com or 925-299-1654