Ciao, Opera Mavens.

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA  or 415-864-3330
Wagner’s Ring is the thing! Click here to see a complete listing of all Festival events.

75th Anniversary Concert Leah Crocetto (Adler 2009-11) and the SFBC led by Artistic Director Ian Robertson perform traditional and world songs to celebrate this exciting milestone. Tickets $30-55, available through
Sat Jun 2 at 7pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St, San Francisco

VERISMO OPERA or 707-864-5508
Das Rheingold (Wagner) – First installment in the tetralogy performed by rotating casts in an intimate setting; Jonathan Khuner & Michael Moran conducting. Tickets available through
Sat Jun 2 & 16 at 7:30pm, Sun Jun 3, 10 & 17 at 2pm

L’Amico Fritz (Mascagni) – Whimsical 19th century romance about a wealthy landowner who bets he will never marry, wagering his entire vineyard to his best friend; things become complicated for the bachelor when his tenant’s daughter arrives on the scene. Tickets available through
Sun Jun 24, Jul 1 & 8 at 2pm; Sat Jun 30 at 7:30pm
All performances at Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo

Serse (Handel) – Hour-long spoken play interspersed with arias and choruses from the original work, all performed by the Students of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids aged 8 to teens; family-friendly production features Baroque age costumes, dances, and fencing accompanied by period-instrument chamber orchestra.
Jun 3 at 4pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) – Concert version by Voices of Music and San Francisco Girls Chorus
Jun 7 at 7:30pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing  Way, Berkeley

POCKET OPERA or 415-972-8934
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti) – Born into a nest of scorpions and vipers, subjected to rape and incest, treachery and betrayal, Lucrezia (soprano Rabihah Davis Dunn) has emerged hardened, embittered and callous, yet blessed by a saving grace. Mezzo Mary Rauh (as Orsini), tenor Michael Desnoyers (as Gennaro), and baritone Shouvid Mondle (as Duke Alfonso) round out the cast to bring this bel canto masterpiece to life; David Drummond conducting.
Sun Jun 10 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun Jun 17 at 2pm, Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco

ISLAND CITY OPERA or 510-263-8060
A Night to Shine – Join us for an evening of celebration and song at our fundraising party & season 2019 announcement event! The fun starts with tasty delights and a no-host bar; MC Cliff Romig will introduce performers including soprano Eileen Meredith, tenor Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13), pianist James Meredith, and SFO cellist Emil Miland. Tickets: $100 in advance, $110 at the door. Note to Warriors fans: if there is a Game 5, we will have the game on (albeit discreetly)!
Mon Jun 11 at 6:30pm, Angelas Kitchen, 1640 Park St, Alameda

Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky) – Inspired by Pushkin’s Shakespearean tragedy, this work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century tsar in a story underpinned by ambition, power, and betrayal. Michael Tilson Thomas leads an internationally renowned cast in a semi-staged event with original video projections, costumes, scenery, and lighting design that combine to bring original orchestration to life.
Thu Jun 14 & Fri Jun 15 at 8pm, Sun Jun 17 at 2pm
All performances at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

WEST EDGE OPERA or 510-841-1903
House Concert & Festival Preview – Special guest Frederica von Stade will talk with music director Jonathan Khuner about her experiences singing the role of Mélisande and recording it with conductor Herbert von Karajan. Also performing: bass Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87) singing selections from Pelléas and Mélisande; Molly Mahoney singing excerpts from Mata Hari; plus examples of the interesting and exciting sound world of Luca Francesconi, composer of Quartett. Tickets: $80 General Admission (includes wine and hors d’ouvres), $300 VIP Seating (also includes signed CD of Flicka’s Pelléas and Mélisande); event held at historic home in Rockridge area of Oakland (address provided with reservation).
Sat Jun 23, doors open at 1pm, program begins at 2pm

LYRIC THEATRE or 408-986-1455
A Night in Venice (J.Strauss) – Romantic farce with intrigue, mistaken identity, disguises, gondoliers, and of course waltzes, all during Carnival; in English, fully staged, with orchestra.
Sat Jun 23 & Fri Jun 29 at 8pm; Sun Jun 24, Sat Jun 30 & Sun Jul 1 at 2pm
San Jose City College Theater, 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose (FREE parking!)

Opera in the Vineyard – Bring family and friends to picnic, sip wine, explore beautiful gardens, and enjoy opera music in a private venue rarely open to the public. Performing artists: soprano Shawnette Sulker, mezzo Molly Hill, tenor Dane Suarez, baritone Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06) and pianist Chun Mei Wilson. Tickets: $50 per person or $360 for table of 8; purchase $25 wine vouchers in advance for quicker service (LVO will receive profits)
Sun Jun 24 at 5pm, Nella Terra Cellars, 5005 Sheridan Rd, Sunol