Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here is a potpourri of operatic items for your consideration:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA EDUCATION EVENT
Opera for Laughs: Great Comic Moments in the World of Opera – SFO Dramaturg Kip Cranna explores how the musical element adds sparkle and wit – and sometimes a whole new dimension – to comic moments in opera, including productions in the current season. *FREE*
Tue Sep 23 at 1pm, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND CHORUS CONCERT
MTT Conducts Also Sprach Zarathustra – Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of R.Strauss with this symphonic spectacular made famous in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Other works from the film and American masterpieces by Foss and Ives featuring the SFS Chorus directed by Ragnar Bohlin complete the program.
Thu Sep 25 at 8pm, Fri Sep 26 at 6:30pm, Sun Sep 28 at 2pm
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Sacramento Classical Music Groups Receive $1.1 Million Windfall
Former U.S. Forest Service worker’s bequest will benefit the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera organization that recently announced cancellation of their fall seasons.
Christian Van Horn – A Busy Season at SFO
Barihunk CVH, who performed the four villains in SFO’s Les contes d’Hoffmann last summer, returns to grace the stage in four productions this fall (Norma, Masked Ball, Cinderella, and Boheme).
Donald Runnicles Speaks (Very) Frankly on the Atlanta Symphony Lockout
Maestro Runnicles served as SFO’s Music Director and Principal Conductor from 1992 to 2009 and returns this summer to conduct Berlioz’s monumental work Les Troyens.
Plácido Domingo Staying with LA Opera Through 2019
LAO’s “evergreen” relationship with Plácido continues. He’s also very popular here in the Bay Area: before the Insight Panel Discussion for Cyrano de Bergerac in 2010, he got a standing ovation just for walking into the room.
Teddy Tahu Rhodes Talks about The King & I, Don Giovanni, and Missing NZ
Rhodes sang the role of Joseph de Rocher in SFO’s Dead Man Walking in 2000.
FROM TOM TAFFEL: ELBE RIVER CRUISE, PRAGUE TO BERLIN, MAY 2015
This May’s opera group river cruise filled quickly and sold out the ship, so we are offering this itinerary again on the brand new Viking Beyla; the May 13-27 sailing offers an optional two day pre-cruise extension in Prague (including performances of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead and Verdi’s La Traviata) and two extra days in Berlin at the end of the cruise. We have a special group rate, but the ship is filling very quickly (four veranda staterooms still available). For more information go to http://tomsgroupcruises.com/Elbe2105.html, email Tom@TomTaffel.com, or call 415-566-7673.
FROM CAROL RABIN: OPERA TOURS TO NEW YORK CITY AND SANTA FE
New York Metropolitan Opera: April 19-25, 2015 – Tour cost of $4,750 includes RT nonstop flights SFO-NYC plus transfers, six nights at the Empire Hotel, three operas with Grand Tier Prime seating (Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, Don Carlo; optional offering of Ballo in Maschera extra), Carnegie Hall concert featuring pianist Richard Goode, lecture by Cori Ellison, museum visit, sightseeing, one brunch, private Greenwich Village luncheon tour, three dinners (one at Met’s Grand Tier Restaurant), and a reception.
Santa Fe Opera: August 9-14, 2015 – Tour cost of $3,450 includes air transportation from San Francisco to Albuquerque plus transfers to and from Santa Fe, five nights at the Inn of the Governors, four operas with orchestra seating (Rigoletto, Salome, Daughter of the Regiment, La Finta Giardiniera), Santa Fe Chamber music concert, lectures by Desiree Mays, backstage tour of Santa Fe opera house, Georgia O’Keeffe museum, Santa Fe museum pass and sightseeing, daily American breakfasts, three dinners, and a reception.
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