Ciao, Opera Mavens! As we begin another four weeks staying in place, here are more ways to keep engaged.
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC sfcm.edu
Tiny Dorm Concerts – The entire SFCM community of students, faculty, and alumni are joining together while apart to bring you daily live performances from their personal concert halls of dorms and living rooms all over. Performances are viewable on SFCM’s website or YouTube channel, with new streams most evenings at 5pm PDT (dark Wed & Thu) and Sat & Sun at noon. Click here for the full schedule; don’t miss Frederica “Flicka” von Stade on Mon May 11 and the Grand (Opera) Finale on Fri May 15 featuring full scenes from Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and faculty member David Conte’s Firebird Motel !
LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE lamplighters.org
Too Much Happiness! – Normally we host a lovely tea and small concert in the Green Room for patrons to hear highlights and help us raise funds for the coming season; this year, that obviously was not possible, but we came up with a more inclusive and very fun show that is free! Watch our livestream debut from April 26th and hear some of your favorite Lamplighters tell of their first connections to the company, sing special new versions of classic Gilbert & Sullivan songs, hear our first virtual chorus, and watch clips from classic productions and galas. It was truly Too Much Happiness!
LYRIC THEATRE OF SAN JOSE lyrictheatre.org
The Sorcerer (GIlbert & Sullivan) – Our May-June production of HMS Pinafore has been postponed until late August; please click here for a message (and very amusing Italian couple in quarantine clip) from our President, Larry Tom. In the meantime, we invite you to enjoy a full-length video of our recent production of The Sorcerer.
OPERA CULTURA operacultura.org
Cuentos de Peregrinacion / Tales of Pilgrimage (Armienta) – Sadly, we had to cancel our productions of Frida (May 8-10) and the Rap Opera Project 2.0 (June 6-7) due to the COVID-19 outbreak; we hope to reschedule the productions in the future and will have more information in the coming months. Meanwhile, we are offering a free stream of our 2014 production of Hector Armienta’s song cycle opera based on true stories collected from immigrants in our community. The production was directed by Kinan Valdez and conducted by Temirzhan Yerzhanov at the Mexican Heritage Theater-School of Arts and Culture. Click here to watch.
OPERA PARALLELE operaparallele.org
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) & A Hand of Bridge (Barber) – Quick, while it’s still available online, check out this production of the original double bill presented in 2013 at Z Space in San Francisco.
OPERA SAN ANTONIO operasa.org
Beyond the Production – The company, now headed by E. Loren Meeker (Associate Director of SFO’s 2014 Show Boat & 2016 Aida), is producing a series of interviews featuring some of their favorite artists stepping off the stage to share their stories; check out this recent session with René Barbera (Merola 2008, Count Almaviva in SFO’s 2015 Barber of Seville).
Last but not least and in case you missed it, we leave you with this beautiful rendition of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by the San Francisco Opera Chorus and 2020 Adler Fellows…we dare you not to sing along and tear up!
Stay safe, stay sane, stay tuned and enjoy!