Ciao, Opera Mavens.
SAN FRANCISCO BOYS CHORUS www.sfbc.org or 415- 861-7464
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 ybca.org
Sat Jun 2 at 7pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St, San Francisco
VERISMO OPERA www.verismoopera.org 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 brownpapertickets.com
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 brownpapertickets.com
Sun Jun 24, Jul 1 & 8 at 2pm; Sat Jun 30 at 7:30pm
All performances at Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo
SAN FRANCISCO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY’S BERKELEY FESTIVAL www.berkeleyfestival.org
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 www.pocketopera.org 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 www.islandcityopera.org 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
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY www.sfsymphony.org or 415-864-6000
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 www.westedgeopera.org 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 www.lyrictheatre.org 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!)
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-373-6800
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