February (and a few late January) Opera, Concerts & Recitals

Ciao, Opera Mavens! It’s a short month but loaded with lots of unusual performances:

LIEDER ALIVE  www.liederalive.org 
Intermezzo – Program presented in conjunction with the Gold Coast Players features mezzo Kindra Scharich performing songs & music by Mahler, Loeffler, Poulenc, and more. Tickets: $45 General Admission, $35 Seniors, $15 Students; available through http://gcplayers.tix.com
Sat Jan 28 at 7:30pm (pre-concert talk with J.K. Bailey at 7pm)
Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

OPERA ON THE SPOT  www.operaonthespot.com
Mozart in Napa Valley – Annual concert to benefit Napa Valley Music Associates Scholarship Fund, featuring three young OOTS performers (Emily Thebaut, Melissa McCann, Emma Lacenski) accompanied by pianist Dr. Kenn Garner in a program of Mozart’s music to honor the composer’s 261st birthday. Tickets: Adults & Seniors $25 in advance ($25 at door), Students $10 in advance ($15 at door); click here for tickets, phone 707-252-8671 or 707-322-8402 for more information.
Sun Jan 29 at 3pm
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa

THE HANDEL OPERA PROJECT www.thehandeloperaproject.org/events
Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Handel) – The Handel Opera Project invites you to visit for a compelling evening of dramma per musica at its finest, featuring favorite arias such as “Va tacito e nascosto,” “V’adoro, pupille,” and “Piangerò la sorte mia.” With Elizabeth Baker as Cleopatra, Martin Bell as Caesar, Kathleen Miller as Cornelia, Michael Desnoyers as Sextus, David Peterson as Ptolemy, Thomas James as Achillas. William Ludtke conducts. $30 general admission; $10 students
Sun Jan 29 at 7:30pm Christian Science Organization 2601 Durant Ave., Berkeley

OPERA ON TAP SAN FRANCISCO  www.operaontap.org/san-francisco/
Second Annual Opera Night
– OOTSF’s talented & passionate singers will have you shouting “Bravo!” as you raise your beer to dramatic arias, duets, and ensembles. Tickets $35, available through eventbrite.com; price includes show & food, proceeds benefit OOTSF’s 2017 productions.
Mon Jan 30 at 5:30pm
Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma

www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797
Patience or Bunthorne’s Bride – Revel in the comic antics of aesthete Reginald Bunthorne as he pursues the winsome milkmaid Patience while simultaneously enjoying the worshipful adoration of 20 love-sick groupies; the operetta pokes fun at late 19th century England’s aesthetic movement that favored sheer beauty over social and moral substance but was arguably empty and self-indulgent.
Fri Feb 3 at 8pm, Sat Feb 4 at 2pm & 8pm, Sat Feb 5 at 2pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (Tickets: 415-978-2787 or ybca.org)
Fri Feb 10 at 8pm, Sat Feb 11 & Sun Feb 12 at 2pm
Lesher Center, Walnut Creek (Tickets: 925-943-7469 or lesherartcenter.org)
Sat Feb 18 at 8pm & Sun Feb 19 at 2pm
Mtn View Performing Arts Center (Tickets: 650-903-6000 or mvcpa.com)

MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM  www.merola.org or 415-565-6492
Living American Poets and Composer – Merola alumni Laura Krumm (Adler 2012-13) & Mark Diamond, in collaboration with Musica Marin, present a concert of arias & songs from Brahms to Borzoni, including a world premiere by composer-in-residence Clint Borzoni with poetry by four living American poets. Enjoy a glass of wine, appetizers, and conversation with the artists in a beautiful private residence along the bay in Marin County. Tickets $105, available through eventbrite.com
Sat Feb 4 at 3pm, location disclosed with ticket purchase

Shoshana Recital – Merola alumni & current Adler Fellows soprano Toni Marie Palmertree and pianist / coach Ronny Michael Greenberg perform a program of songs by Brahms, Dvorak, Sandoval, and Heggie. Tickets $50, includes wine & cheese reception; available through eventbrite.com or call Miriam Rosenfeld (415-936-2311)
Sat Feb 11 at 5:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

Romantic Favorites by Liszt, Schubert, and Chopin – Special piano recital showcasing Merola alumnus and current Adler Fellow Ronny Michael Greenberg; wine, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert will be served. Suggested donation $100 per guest, proceeds will help support Ronny’s efforts to secure a U.S. Work Visa; please RSVP to Ruben Pimentel (415-0936-2323) or GreenbergRSVP@merola.org
Thu Feb 16 at 6:30pm, Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

OPERA PARALLELE  www.operaparallele.org or 415-503-6279
Flight – Cynical comedy (libretto by April De Angelis, music by Jonathan Dove) based on the forced residence from 1988 to 2006 of Iranian refugee Mehran Karimi Nasseri at Charles de Gaulle airport. Cast: Tai Oney, Nikki Einfeld (Adler 2004-05), Chaz’men Williams-Ali, Amina Edris (Adler 2016-17), Catherine Cook (Adler 1991-92), Aleksandra Romano, Hadleigh Adams (Adler 2013-14), Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06), Renée Rapier (Adler 2012-13), and Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87). Tickets start at $35, 10% discount for seniors & students.
Fri Feb 10 & Sat Feb 11 at 8pm, Sun Feb 12 at 2pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 701 Mission St, San Francisco

FREMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA www.fremontsymphony.org or 510-371-4859
Valentine Concert – Join us for an evening of romance! Music will include Siegfried’s Idyll (Wagner), Der Rosenkavalier trio (R.Strauss), the Habañero from Carmen (Bizet), Flower Song from Lakmé (Delibes), Song to the Moon from Rusalka (Dvorák), and more; guest artists include sopranos Hope Briggs & Nicole Folland (Adler 1995-96) and conductor Dawn Harms (SFO Orchestra). Tickets: $55-65 Adults, $20 Students
Sat Feb 11 at 7:30pm, Prince of Peace Church, 38451 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

  www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Silent Night (Puts) – WEST COAST PREMIERE of new work recounting a miraculous moment of peace during WWI when Scottish, French, and German officers negotiated a Christmas Eve truce amid the trenches. Featuring sopranos Julie Adams (Adler 2015-16) & Sylvia Lee, tenor Kirk Dougherty, baritones Matthew Hanscom, Brian James Myer & Ricardo Rivera, and bass-baritones Kyle Albertson & Colin Ramsey; Joseph Marcheso & Robert Mollicone (Adler 2012-13) conducting.
Sat Feb 11, Thu Feb 16, Fri Feb 24 at 8pm; Sun Feb 12, Feb 19, Feb 26 at 3pm
California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
FREE 60-minute Introduction to the Opera Talks by General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before each performance

CARMEL MUSIC SOCIETY  www.carmelmusic.org or 831-625-9938
Frederica von Stade and Jake Heggie – Rare recital by the beloved mezzo singing with her colleague & good friend, the award-winning opera composer of Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, and Great Scott. Tickets $46-60
Sun Feb 12 at 3pm, Sunset Center, San Carlos St at 9th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY  www.sfsymphony.org or 415-864-6000
John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary – with mezzos Kelley O’Connor & Tamara Mumford, countertenors Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings & Nathan Medlet, and tenor Jay Hunter Morris; Joana Carneiro conducting
Thu Feb 16, Fri Feb 17, and Sat Feb 18 at 8pm, Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, SF

WEST BAY OPERA  www.westbayopera.org or 650-424-9999
Il trittico (Puccini) – Three one-act operas (two tragedies and one hilarious comedy) with the peculiar shared feature of a death concealed, all in a single evening: Il tabarro (The Cloak), Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi; Jose Luis Moscovich conducting.
Fri Feb 17 & Sat Feb 25 at 8pm, Sun Feb 19 & 26 at 2pm
Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Free preview: Thu Feb 9 at 8pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Post-show cast discussion: Sun Feb 19

EL CAMPANIL THEATRE  www.elcampaniltheatre.com or 925-757-9500
Classical Broadway – Baritone Hadleigh Adams (Adler 2013-14) sings a collection of his favorite tunes by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, and others in a cabaret style performance. Tickets: $27 Adult, $25 Seniors, $10 Youth (under 18)
Sun Feb 19 at 3pm, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd St, Antioch

FRESNO GRAND OPERA  www.fresnograndopera.org or 559-442-5699 and
TOWNSEND OPERA  www.townsendopera.com or 209-523-6426
Cabaret Series – Tenor Timur (who played Italian barber Adolfo Pirelli in our recent production of Sweeney Todd) in a unique cabaret performance that pulls from his experiences with his glam opera rock band and the Dime Museum! Tickets: $40 Reserved, $25 General Admission; includes a glass of wine or champagne (dinner is optional and not included with the price of admission)
Thu Feb 23 at 7:30pm, Mia Cuppa Caffé, 620 E. Olive Ave, Fresno
Fri Feb 24 at 7:30pm, Urbano Bistro, 1016 H St, Modesto

WEST EDGE OPERA  www.westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903
Snapshot: New Opera by NorCal Composers and Librettists – Excerpts from previously unproduced operas performed by local singers accompanied by a chamber orchestra led by Mary Chun and Jonathan Khuner. Cast includes sopranos Amy Foote & Julia Hathaway, mezzo Molly Mahoney, tenors Darron Flagg & Joe Meyers, and baritone Daniel Cilli (OSJ 2006-10). Brief video interviews with Snapshot’s composers and librettists will air before each excerpt, and an open panel discussion will follow each program. Tickets: $35 General Admission
Sat Feb 25 at 8pm, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
Sun Feb 26 at 3pm, Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, San Francisco

VERISMO OPERA  www.verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508
Rigoletto (Verdi) – Iconic & tragic tale of a lascivious duke who seduces the innocent daughter of his court jester, set to familiar & memorable music; fully staged by rotating casts with chamber orchestra in an intimate setting. Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors & Students, Children (under 12) FREE; available at brownpapertickets.com
Sat Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, and Mar 18 at 7:30pm
Sun Feb 26, Mar 5, and Mar 12 at 2pm
Bay Area Stage Theater, 515 Broadway, Vallejo

CAL PERFORMANCES  www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510-642-9988
Anthracite FieldsCapella SF joins wih Bang on a Can All-Stars in a Pulitzer-prize winning oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th century; Ragnar Bohlin conducting.
Sun Feb 26 at 7pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus


Operas, Concerts, Recitals & Special Events – January 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens! We’ve got a bunch of unique performances and a couple of special events for you to kick off the New Year:

OPERA ON THE SPOT  www.operaonthespot.com
January Birthday Bash – This month we celebrate the birthdays of Chausson, Duparc, Mozart, Pergolesi, Poulenc, Schubert, and others; young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers present some of these composers’ best works. Performance is FREE, come early to enjoy a drink beforehand or call the restaurant (415-252-1110) for a dinner reservation.
Mon Jan 9 at 7pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY  www.sfsymphony.org or 415-864-6000
Das klagende Lied (Mahler) – Semi-staged presentation of cantata about a dark fairy tale kingdom where two brothers battle for a queen’s love; featuring soprano Joelle Harvey, mezzo Sasha Cooke, tenor Michael Konig, and baritone Brian Mulligan; Michael Tilson Thomas conducting.
Fri Jan 13 & Sat Jan 14 at 8pm, Sun Jan 15 at 2pm
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC  www.sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Mary Pleasant at Land’s End (Garner) – Full piano / vocal workshop of new opera (with libretto by SFCM alumnus Mark Hernandez) set in the historical Barbary Coast of San Francisco, which promises to be the first major opera to come out of a Conservatory for over a hundred years. Cast includes many well-known SFCM alumni, members of the SFO Chorus, and current Conservatory students; conducted by SFO Chorus Director Ian Robertson. FREE, no tickets required.
Sat Jan 14 at 8pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco

ISLAND CITY OPERA  www.islandcityopera.org or 510-263-8060
Don Pasquale (Donizetti) – Crafty Norina and her lovesick beau Ernesto outwit his swaggering uncle, the Don, with help from the wily Dr. Malatesta; finally, an opera where the soprano comes out on top! Starring soprano Eileen Meredith, tenor Sergio Gonzalez, baritone Igor Viera, and bass-baritone Bojan Knezevik (Adler 1995) in the title role; directed by Erin Neff with Philip Kuttner conducting.
Preview Tickets (General Admission): $25 Adults, $10 Students (ages 13-21 with student ID), Free for Children (12 and under)
Regular Performance Tickets: $60 Front Row Café or Large Table Seats, $45 Reserved Sofa Seats
Wed Jan 18 (Preview), Fri Jan 20, Fri Jan 27 at 7:30pm; Sun Jan 22 & Jan 29 at 2pm
Anchor Society Lectures held one hour prior to curtain
Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda

FRESNO GRAND OPERA  www.fresnograndopera.org or 559-442-5699 and
TOWNSEND OPERA  www.townsendopera.com or 209-523-6426
Concert Series – Recital of popular arias, duets, and classical art songs featuring the two leads of our main stage production of Our Town, soprano Sarah Shafer (seen at SFO as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Rosetta in Two Women, and Mary Lenox in The Secret Garden) and tenor Jonas Hacker (Grand Finalist, 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions)
Tickets: $25 Reserved Seating, $10 General Admission
Tue Jan 5 at 7:30pm, Deva Café, 1201 J St, Modesto
Tue Jan 24 at 7:30pm, Mia Cuppa Caffé, 620 E. Olive Ave, Fresno

Our Town (Rorem) – Opera based on Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American playwright Thornton Wilder, utilizing pleasant melodies and tonal harmonies to honor a time when our lives were simpler. Featuring soprano Sarah Shafer as Emily Webb, mezzo Laura Krumm (Adler 2012-13) as Mrs. Webb, tenors Jonas Hacker as George Gibbs and Alex Mansoori (Merola 2009) as the Stage Manager, and baritone Zeffin Quinn Hollis as Mr. Webb; Ryan Murray conducting.
Sat Jan 21 at 7:30pm & Sun Jan 22 at 2pm, Gallo Center, 1000 I St, Modesto
Sat Jan 28 at 7:30pm & Sun Jan 29 at 3pm, Veterans Auditorium, 2425 Fresno St

WEST EDGE OPERA  www.westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903
Snapshot: New Opera by NorCal Composers and Librettists – Excerpts from eight previously unproduced operas performed by renowned local singers and accompanied by a chamber orchestra comprised of members of SF contemporary music ensemble Earplay led by Mary Chun and Jonathan Khuner. Program 1 cast includes sopranos Chelsea Hollow, Ann Moss & Kristen Princiotta, mezzos Buffy Baggott, Kindra Scharich & Shawnette Sulker, tenor Jacob Thompson, and baritone Jason Sarten. Program 2 cast includes sopranos Amy Foote & Julia Hathaway, mezzo Molly Mahoney, tenors Darron Flagg & Joe Meyers, and baritone Daniel Cilli (OSJ 2006-10). Brief video interviews with Snapshot’s composers and librettists will air before each excerpt, and an open panel discussion will follow each program. Tickets: $35 General Admission
Program 1:
Sat Jan 21 at 8pm at David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley *and*
Sun Jan 22 at 3pm, Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, San Francisco
Program 2:
Sat Feb 25 8pm at David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley *and*
Sun Feb 26 at 3pm, Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, San Francisco

LIEDER ALIVE!  www.liederalive.org or 415-561-0100
Mozart & Erickson BirthdayFest! – With soprano Heidi Moss, violist Paul Yarbrough, and pianist Kurt Erickson
Fri Jan 27 at 7pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco

LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA  www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-960-9210
Silver Jubilee Concert & Dinner – See website for details
Sat Jan 28 at 5pm, The Club at Ruby Hill, Pleasanton

POCKET OPERA  www.pocketopera.org or 415-972-8934
40th Anniversary Season Gala Luncheon & Auction – See website for details
Sun Jan 29 at 12:30pm, Green Room, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Blvd, SF


Get Supertitles on Your Smart Phone

Ciao, Opera Mavens. The Vienna Staatsoper not only streams its season, they also supply titles in several languages which you can get on your smart phone. It’s easy. Just install Vienna’s smart phone app available for both iPhone and Android.

Here is Vienna’s streaming schedule for this month:

Verdi’s Macbeth on Sat Dec 17.

Britten’s Peter Grimes on Wed Dec 21.

Strauss’s Die Fledermaus on Sat Dec 31.

Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel on Thu Jan 5.


All live Vienna streams above start at 10am and replays are broadcast at convenient Pacific Coast times for the next few days. Vienna Staatsoper charges for its streams. (I personally purchased their annual fee package because I really like their HD broadcasts. Their fee also entitles you to view their impressive VOD catalog.)

In other stream news, The Opera Platform will broadcast:

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or from Monnaie live on Dec 23 at 11am.

Monteverdi’s Orpheus from Komische Oper live on Jan 1 at 8am.

Most of the time, The Opera Platform replays productions for six months. And it’s FREE.

We don’t want you to be opera-deprived over the holidays. Enjoy!

La Scala Butterfly — QUICK Before They Take It Down!

Bryan Hymel

Bryan Hymel

Ciao, Opera Mavens. On Dec 7, La Scala opened its season with a gorgeous new production of Madama Butterfly. It’s video is not supposed to be available for streaming in North America; HOWEVER, someone has uploaded it to YouTube. Cast includes Brian Hymel (Merola 2001) as Pinkerton. La Scala used an earlier version of the opera than we usually see. Highly recommended. Very moving.