Ciao, Opera Mavens. A few more items of potential interest have come to our attention:
SAN FRANCISCO CHORAL SOCIETY www.sfchoral.org
From the Eternal Light to Earth, – Morten Lauridsen’s 1997 Lux Aeterna and the first complete performances of Stacy Garrop’s Terra Nostra, a new oratorio described by its composer as “a meditation on light”. The Choral Society is joined by soloists soprano Jennifer Paulino, mezzo Betany Coffland, tenor J. Raymond Meyers, and bass-baritone Nikolas Nackley, the Piedmont Children’s Choir, and accompanied by the California Chamber Symphony. Tickets: $34 Reserved, $30 General Seating; available through cityboxoffice.com
Sat Nov 14 at 8pm and Sun Nov 15 at 4pm
First Unitarian Universal Church, 1187 Franklin St (at Geary), San Francisco
OPERA ON TAP www.operaontap.org
The Audition – Come experience the extreme joys and pains of audition season (from both sides of the fence) as we present intense arias from ‘auditionees’ putting their best selves forward (however stable or unstable) and hearing the inside scoop on what the ‘auditors’ have to say. FREE, but OOT appreciates whatever financial support you’re willing and able to give!
Sun Nov 15 at 7pm, The Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St, San Francisco
REDWOOD SYMPHONY www.redwoodsymphony.org
SYMPHONY PARNASSUS www.symphonyparnassus.org
Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Barber) – Soprano Hope Briggs performs on consecutive nights at separate venues. The Redwood Symphony program includes Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Symphony Parnassus program includes Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. See respective websites for ticket prices and more information.
Sat Nov 21 at 8pm (pre-concert lecture at 7pm), Canada College, Redwood City
Sun Nov 22 at 3pm, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
BANKHEAD THEATER http://lvpac.org or 925-373-6800
The TEN Tenors: Home for the Holidays – Australia’s “Rock Stars of Opera” as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. Tickets: $42-59 General, $16 Students
Sat Nov 28 at 2pm, Bankhead Theater, 2400 1st St, Livermore
Holiday Lights – Begin your festive season with a program of medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary carols including traditional English Christmas songs by Tallis, Howells, and Rutter as well as new works by Jonathan Dove and Bob Chilcott.
Tickets: $25 General Admission, $15 Seniors / Students
Sat Nov 28 at 8pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco
Sun Nov 29 at 8pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Tue Dec 8 at 8pm, Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa
FOR DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY FANS
From Barihunks: Dmitri Hvorostovsky is back performing regularly after undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. The outpouring of love for the Siberian barihunk has been universal, as he’s been met with thunderous applause wherever he’s gone and social media was filled with “get well” wishes. On October 29 he made a triumphant return to the concert stage joined by mezzo Elīna Garanča at the Kremlin Palace (including) selections from Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, Il trovatore, La favorite, Merry Widow and Don Giovanni. You can watch the concert on YouTube. You won’t want to miss his encore, which was so moving that Elīna had to wipe away her tears!
FOR WANNABE MEISTERSINGERS
In honor of the Mastersingers’ love song contest in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, San Francisco Opera has launched the #SFOLoveSongs contest. Fans are encouraged to record and post a video of them singing or performing a love song of their choice, and then post the videos to Twitter, Instagram, or the SFO Facebook wall with hashtag #SFOLoveSongs for a chance to win opera tickets! See link below for the Facebook post announcing the contest, including a video of General Director David Gockley performing his chosen song, “A Bushel and a Peck” (from Guys and Dolls):