Ciao, Opera Mavens. We are thankful for an abundance of special opera-tunities this month!

Hair to Stay the Diva Way – Join us for an evening of music, fashion, fun, and philanthropy featuring soprano Isabel Leonard (Rosina in SFO’s 2013 Barber of Seville) and other SF performing arts stars (including Silvie Jensen and Shawnette Sulker). Proceeds benefit low-income cancer patients who wish to prevent chemotherapy-induced hair loss using new scalp-cooling technology. Tickets start at $25, available through
Thu Nov 7 at 7:30pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Memorial Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

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WEO Salons – Meet the leads of Katya Kabanova (Janáček), our first production of 2020’s summer festival, as soprano Carrie Hennessy (Katya) and tenor Christopher Oglesby (Boris) perform together for the first time with Jonathan Khuner at the piano; cocktail, wine and food will be served, Art Deco attire optional. Tickets: $100 per person ($300 for front row seating); available on the website or email Emilie Whelan (
Mon Nov 11 at 7pm, The Hamilton, 631 O’Farrell St, San Francisco

Simone Young Conducts Wagner – Act I from Die Walkure sung by soprano Emily Magee as Sieglinde, tenor Stuart Skelton (Adler 1996-97) as Siegmund, and bass Ain Anger (Veit Pogner in SFO’s 2015 Die Meistersinger) as Hunding; also on the program is R.Strauss’s Metamorphosen.
Thu Nov 14, Fri Nov 15, and Sat Nov 16 at 8pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Inside Music: Informative talk by Peter Grunberg begins one hour prior to concerts
Off-The-Podium: Post-concert Q&A opportunity to ask questions of the conductor and singers

Fresh Voices XIX Festival of New Works – Featuring compositions by nine Bay Area composers including Here, Bullet by Kurt Erickson (Lieder Alive! Composer-in-Residence). Tickets: $25 Cabaret Table Seat (includes champagne and sweets), $20 General Admission, $15 Students.
Sat Nov 23 at 8pm, Community Music Center, 544 Capp St, San Francisco

Voyage: Exploring the Essence of France – Featuring choral works from 1199 to 1943 by Debussy, Fauré, Messiaen, and others; program culminates with Poulenc’s Figure humaine, inspired by Paul Eluard’s poem Liberte which was published secretly in occupied France during World War II, and written for unaccompanied choir because, as the composer said, “I wanted this act of faith to be performed…by the sole means of the human voice.” Guest choir WomenSing join in the program on Saturday; Ragnar Bohlin directing. Tickets available through
Sat Nov 23 at 8pm, Church of Santa Maria, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda
Sun Nov 24 at 5pm, Mission Dolores, 16th & Dolores Streets, San Francisco

Annual Cosima Wagner Holiday Celebration – Begin with a customary champagne welcome followed by musical program by current Adler Fellow Christian Pursell accompanied by pianist Peter Grunberg; the fun continues with a sumptuous brunch, more champagne and red wine with the meal, a drawing for door prizes and perhaps a live auction of an incredible item or two. Please join us for the highlight of your year (non-members always welcome)! Click here for tickets: reservations MUST be received by Thursday, November 27th.
Sun Dec 8 at 11:30am, Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco