Opera San Jose presents West Coast Premiere of Silent Night

Ciao, Opera Mavens! We wanted to give you a heads-up on several very special events presented in conjunction with OSJ’s Silent Night next month:

Symposia – Four consecutive sessions:
Panel 1 Contemporary Opera in America (2:00-2:40pm)
Members of the local media discuss issues surrounding contemporary opera
Jim Sohre, Opera Today
Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
Mark Streshinsky, West Edge Opera
Panel 2 Designing Silent Night (2:50-3:30pm)
Members of Opera San José’s creative team discuss the challenges and inspiration behind the sets, costumes, and lighting designs for Silent Night.
Michael Shell, Stage Director
Steven Kemp, Set Designer
Pamila Z. Gray, Lighting Designer
Panel 3 WWI: Contemporary Perspectives (3:50-4:35pm)
Gerard Seelig will conduct a Q&A with William Perry about Mr. Perry’s book, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink.
William Perry, Former United States Secretary of Defense
Gerard Seelig, Opera San José Board Member
Panel 4: Meet the Creators of Silent Night (4:45-5:25pm)
Composer Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell and conductor Joseph Marcheso discuss the creative process that gave birth to Silent Night.
Kevin Puts, Composer
Mark Campbell, Librettist
Joseph Marcheso, Conductor
Tickets: $20 for all four sessions, includes light refreshments
Fri Feb 10, Third Floor Rehearsal Hall

Post-Symposia Cocktail Reception – Meet the panelists after the final session; need not attend symposia to attend reception (separate tickets required). Tickets: $50
Fri Feb 10 at 6pm, Market Street Lobby

General Director’s Dinner – Join General Director Larry Hancock for our annual black-tie evening on the stage of the California Theatre. This year’s celebration, on the set of Silent Night, is your chance for a true insider’s opera experience and to toast, with new friends and old, Pulitzer-prize winning composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell. Tickets: $500
Fri Feb 10, doors open at 6:30pm, dinner served at 7:30pm

Opening Night Post-Performance Reception – With cast members & cash bar. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Sat Feb 11 at 11pm

All events at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
For more information go to www.operasj.org or call the OSJ Box Office (408-437-4450)


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


Luncheon & Concert – East Bay

Ciao, Opera Mavens.

The Adlers will be in the Oakland Hills on Sunday the 20th. Sounds like a great time. And the price is right.

                   LUNCHEON AND CONCERT WITH


Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.

Sequoyah Country Club in the Oakland Hills

4550 Heafy Road, Oakland 94605

11:30 a.m. Check in

 12:00 p.m. Luncheon

1:15 p.m. Concert

The East Bay Chapter of the San Francisco Opera Guild invites you to a luncheon and concert with four singers and an accompanist from the San Francisco Opera Young Residence Artist Program.

It is a thrilling experience to hear these talented artists who appear on San Francisco Opera’s main stage and one day may be world-famous.  Meet the 2016 Adlers by visiting http://sfopera.com/about-us/opera-center/adler-fellowship-program/adler-fellows/


Cobb salad

(Please choose one entrée)

Grilled Chicken Breast, herbed chicken broth
Roasted Salmon, champagne lemon beurre blanc

Vegetarian (upon request)
Chef’s choice of starch and seasonal vegetable

Served with bread and butter, iced tea and water

Chocolate mousse cake, raspberry sauce

Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea

The cost of the event is $65 per person, approximately $10 tax deductible.  Non-members are welcome.

All proceeds benefit the education programs for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade,

young singers in the Adler Fellow Program, and the Merola Opera Program.

The deadline for reservations is November 12.

For information, please visit  http://sfopera.com/opera-guild/social-events/chapter-events/luncheon-and-concert/, or contact Silvia Lin at 925-838-9255, slininalamo@gmail.com.

Please detach and mail the reservation form below to

Clyde Allen, 1463 Indian Head Circle, Clayton 94517.  Make checks payable to SFOG, EBC.

This is not a ticketed event.  Names will be at the door.

Adler Concert and Luncheon, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________

Menu Selection: _____ Chicken       _____ Salmon      ______ Vegetarian

Number of people ____ at $65/person                     $_______

Additional contribution to the education fund            $_______

Check #_____                                         Total          $_______

Newsy Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s a catch-up on opera news:

Nadine Sierra

Nadine Sierra

The annual Richard Tucker Gala will be streamed live from Carnegie Hall at 3pm on Sunday Oct 30. Among the star-studded performers will be Joyce DiDonato (Merola1997) and Nadine Sierra (Adler 2011-2012).

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to perform on stage in DC production of Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment.



The San Francisco Bay Area is the second most prolific community for opera in the country, second only to New York City. Opera America President/CEO Marc Scorca hosts “The Future of Opera” discussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with panel including composer Jake Heggie.

New York Times: Susan Graham (Merola 1987) got married.

We have some recent deaths to report.

Former Met Announcer Peter Allen dies at 96.

Tenor Johan Botha Dies at 51. He sang Otello at SF Opera in 2009.

Soprano Daniela Dessi dies at 59. She sang Cho-Cho-San at SF Opera in 2010.