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


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)


Opera Travel Goodies

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Some exciting opera travel opportunities coming up:

Travel with Carol Rabin to the Met (4 operas) and SantaFe (4 operas)


 Metropolitan OperaApril 24 – 30, 2017

Santa Fe Opera, August 1 – 6, 2017


Creative Travel Arrangers, [tel: (650) 854 4412 – email: carolrabin@gmail.com

Travel with Opera Cruisemeister Tom Taffel to Italy (2 operas), France, and Spain (1 opera).

Mediterranean Island Escapes:  Italy, France, & Spain Group Cruise  With three operas:   Tosca  ~  Il Trovatore   ~  Nabucco, July 22 to August 5, 2017

This OPERA group sailing aboard the 690 passenger Azamara “QUEST” offers complimentary spirts, wine and beer, gratuities, shipboard credit, four specialty dinners and unlimited WiFi.  You will have a unique opportunity to combine two back-to-back cruises: July 22-29, 2017 (Rome to Barcelona) plus July 29 to August 5, 2017: (Barcelona to Rome), with an overnight in Barcelona where you can see Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

Ports of call:  Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy ~ Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy ~ Portofino, Italy ~ Monte-Carlo, Monaco ~ Saint-Tropez, France ~ Marseilles (Provence), France ~ Barcelona, Spain ~ Ibiza, Spain ~ Palma De Mallorca, Spain ~ Mahon, Menorca, Spain Bonifacio, Corsica, France ~ Portoferraio, Elba, Italy ~ Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

Opera In Barcelona: 

Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi, July 29, 2017, Barcelona, Gran Teatre del Liceu

Two Operas In Rome:

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, August 5, 2017 In Italian, and surtitled in English

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, August 6, 2017  In Italian, &  surtitled in English

Roma, Terme di Caracalla, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Your hosts will be San Francisco’s very own: Tom Taffel & Bill Repp, For more information, please e-mail Tom at: Tom@TomTaffel.com or telephone (415) 566-7673 or visit:  Tom’s Group Cruises.


YouTube Opera Bonanza for the New Year

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Get your YouTube on and enjoy:

Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Royal 2016 (English subtitles)

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro La Scala 2016 (English subtitles)

Puccini: Madama Butterfly La Scala Dec 2016 (English subtitles)

Verdi: Macbeth Liceu Barcelona 2016 (English subtitles)

Verdi: Macbeth Latvia 2016

Bellini: Norma Royal 2016 (English subtitles)

Boito: Mefistofele San Francisco 2013 (English subtitles)

Mozart: Don Giovanni Wallonie Liege 2016

Donizetti: The Daughter of the Regiment Vienna 2016 (Same production as seen on SF Opera stage in 2009)

Verdi: Rigoletto Zurich 2016

Mozart: The Magic Flute La Scala 2016

Also, check out The Opera Platform:

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d’Or) Monnaie Dec 2016 (English subtitles soon)

Shostakovich: The Nose Royal Opera Nov 2016 (English subtitles)

Also, on iOpera:

Puccini: Manon Lescaut Bolshoi Oct, 2016

Wagner: The Flying Dutchman Madrid 2016