Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here are a few more unique opera-tunities:
SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS sfgmc.org or 415-865-3650
40th Birthday Concert – Join us as we celebrate the storied history of SFGMC and glimpse the future that lies ahead. Acclaimed soprano Ellie Dehn (currently performing in SFO’s Arabella) and a chamber orchestra join us for a once-in-a-lifetime concert featuring When We No Longer Touch, the 1991 requiem dedicated to those we lost to AIDS. Tickets $35-60; available through cityboxoffice.com.
Fri Oct 26 at 8pm, St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave, San Francisco
GOAT HALL PRODUCTIONS goat-hall.org
Fresh Voices XVIII: Life As We Know It – Who Knew? – Join us for a program of original classical musical theater and opera in scenes and arias; provocative, funny, seriocomic, philosophical, and a little irreverent! Featuring selections from the Readthrough Project 2018 (four cabaret operas) plus new vocal works by Bay Area composers. Tickets $23 Cabaret Table (includes champagne and sweets), $18 General Admission, $13 Seniors & Students; available online.
Sat Nov 3 at 8pm, Community Music Center, 544 Capp St, San Francisco
GOLDEN GATE OPERA goldengateopera.org or 415-339-9546
The Road to Romance – Enjoy a taste of Italian opera and delicious 4-course Italian meal set among the houseboats on the waterfront of the Sausalito seaport. Sopranos Olga Chernisheva and Victoria Sadow, tenor Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13), and pianist Jerry Kuderna perform arias and duets from Bohème, Traviata, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor, Fanciulla del West, and Pagliacci. Tickets $75-100, include choice of three entrees from pre-fixe menu and complimentary glass of prosecco (no host bar also available); a portion of your ticket is a tax-deductible donation to support GGO and our Education Program for Schools.
Thu Nov 8 at 7pm, Seahorse Restaurant, 350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito
ISLAND CITY OPERA islandcityopera.org or 510-263-8060
Musical House Party – Stroll the gardens of a private home serenaded by ICO singers accompanied by accordion & violin; enjoy opera arias, American musical & French cabaret songs, maybe even a Sinatra tune or two (feel free to sing along)! Tickets $75; all proceeds benefit ICO’s 2019 Season productions of Little Women and La Rondine.
Sat Nov 10 at 4pm, 1275 Weber St, Alameda
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD EAST BAY CHAPTER
It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration – Join us as we celebrate the west coast premiere of It’s A Wonderful Life! SFO dramaturg Kip Cranna will interview composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer; afterwards sopranos Toni Marie Palmertree (Adler 2016-17, Clara) & Marnie Breckenridge (Mary Bailey), tenor Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13, George Bailey / Uncle Billy), and baritone Hadleigh Adams (Adler 2013-14, Harry Bailey / Mr. Potter) will perform excerpts from the opera accompanied by Jake on the piano. Champagne, wine, and light refreshments will be served following the performance. Tickets $55, event open to all; for more information or reservations click here.
Sat Nov 4 at 2am, St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 2837 Claremont Blvd, Berkeley