Ciao, Opera Mavens. Resolve to expand your operatic horizons this year with something new & different!

January Birthday Bash – Join us in celebrating the birthdays of Poulenc, Duparc, Mozart, Pergolesi, Schubert, Chausson, and more. January has produced a lot of great composers and we, your local Bay Area opera singers, will sing some of their best works. Come early to enjoy drinks and/or dinner at Caffe Delle Stelle before the FREE performance; please call the restaurant (415-252-1110) or go to to make your reservation.
Mon Jan 8 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco

Wine, Passion, Opera – LVO’s first opera singalong! An evening full of wine and singing led by Maestri Ofer dal Lal and Bruce Olstad with free admission and complimentary wine. Program will include “Votre Toast” (Toreador Song) from Carmen, “Tarantella” from La Forza del Destino, “Fervono Amori e Danze” from Un Ballo in Maschera, and “Va Pensiero” (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco. All passionate choir singers are invited, preparation is not required. For more information contact
Sat Jan 13 at 4pm, Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore

LIEDER ALIVE! or 415-561-0100
Neue Lieder, Neues Jahr! – Soprano Heidi Moss Erickson and mezzo Kindra Scharich perform new works by Kurt Erickson, Luna Pearl Woolf, and Mark Carlson accompanied by pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg (Adler 2015-16)
Sun Jan 14 at 5pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco

ISLAND CITY OPERA or 510-263-8060
Mozart and Salieri / Kashchey the Immortal (Rimsky-Korsakov) – Two one-act operas: In 1830, only five years after the death of composer Antonio Salieri, the poet Alexander Pushkin wrote a short verse drama taking as foundation the widespread rumor that Salieri had poisoned Mozart; in 1897 Rimsky-Korsakov set it to music as an opera, scarcely altering a word of Pushkin’s drama (this opera will be sung in English). Written just a few years later with a libretto by the composer himself, Kashchey the Immortal weds a Russian folk superstition with themes derived from Wagner’s Parsifal in a symbolic story of nature and seasons. Lidiya Yankovskaya conducts casts including Darron Flagg as Mozart, Anders Froelich as Salieri, Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13) as Kashchey, Silvie Jensen as Kashcheyvna, and Bojan Knezevic (Adler 1995) as The Storm Knight (U.S. Premiere).
Wed Jan 17 at 7:30pm (Final Dress Rehearsal), Fri Jan 19 & 26 at 7:30pm, Sun Jan 21 & 28 at 2pm
Elks Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda

OPERA PARALLELE or 415-503-6279
Harriet’s SpiritWorld Premiere featuring original score by Bay Area jazz great Marcus Shelby and libretto by Roma Olvera based on the story of a middle school girl who triumphs over the challenges of adolescence with Civil War-era legend Harriet Tubman as her role model and spirit guide. Students of Rooftop Alternative School share the stage with jazz great Tiffany Austin and Christabel Nunoo, accompanied by a jazz ensemble led by Marcus Shelby under the baton of Lucik Aprahämian and directed by Erin Neff.
Thu Jan 18 at 6pm and Sat Jan 20 at 1pm & 4pm
Buriel Clay Theater at the African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco

Songs for a Mid-Winter’s Evening – Grammy award-winning tenor Thomas Glenn (Adler 2004-05) takes the stage with acclaimed baritone Daniel Cilli (OSJ 2006-10) and soprano Erin McOmber to present an exhilarating array of arias, ensemble pieces, and songs from La bohème , L’elisir d’amore, Les pêcheurs des perles, Die Zauberflöte, The Secret Garden, Oklahoma!, Grease, and many more from Broadway as well as the opera house.
Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $5 Children; limited seating, reservations recommended (call number above)
Thu Jan 25 & Fri Jan 26 at 7:30pm, Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio of San Francisco

Il Ritorno – Australian dance company Circa presents an evening-length work by seven dancers accompanied by a string quartet and two singers performing excerpts of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.
Fri Jan 26 at 8pm, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus
Post-performance Q&A Session moderated by Ruth Rosenberg

SAN JOSE CHAMBER MUSIC or 408-286-5111
Britten and Schubert – Tenor Nicholas Phan and the Jasper String Quartet perform a set of songs by each composer; program also includes Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 in C major commemorating the 250th anniversary of Henry Purcell’s death.
Sun Jan 28 at 7pm, Trianon Theatre, 72 N Fifth St, San Jose