Ciao, Opera Mavens. It’s a short month long on opera-tunities!
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC www.sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Spring Opera: Glory Denied (Cipullo) – Story of Jim Thompson, the longest-held POW in U.S. history, as he tries to re-assimilate into American life after spending nine years behind enemy lines in Vietnam; timely for any generation, the work sheds light on the very real consequences of war. Click here for more information and tickets.
Fri Apr 6 at 7:30pm & Sun Apr 8 at 2pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
POCKET OPERA www.pocketopera.org or 415-972-8934
The Bartered Bride (Smetana) – It’s holiday time in Bohemia, yet the two young people most expected to be leading the celebrations are not joining in; there must be a mystery! One of the great romantic comedies by this Czech composer.
Sun Apr 8 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun Apr 15 at 5:30pm, Oshman Family JCC, 3291 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Sun Apr 22 at 2pm, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco
Semele (Handel ) – The composer’s only opera in English, featuring some of our most virtuosic singers including soprano Maya Kherani in the title role and tenor David Gustafson as Jupiter, the king of the gods who loves her.
Sun Apr 29 at 2pm, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco
Sun May 6 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES www.sfperformances.org or 415-392-2545
French Song and the Belle Epoque – In-depth exploration of late 19th and early 20th century French songs performed by tenor Nicholas Phan, soprano Rhoslyn Jones (Adler 2006-07), mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier (Adler 2012-13), pianist Robert Mollicone (Adler 2012-13), and the Alexander String Quartet. Music Historian Robert Greenberg will also discuss the social, political, and cultural changes taking place during this artistically pivotal time in French history.
Sat Apr 7 at 3pm
La Bonne Chanson – Tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Myra Huang perform music of the Parisian Belle Epoque by Chausson, Hahn, Debussy, and others.
Thu Apr 12 at 7:30pm
Both performances at Herbst Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
La Traviata (Verdi) – The life of the most beautiful woman in Paris told in waltz time. Starring soprano Amanda Kingston as Violetta, tenors Pene Pati (Adler 2016-17) & Dane Suarez as Alfredo, and basses Malcolm MacKenzie & Trevor Neal as Germont; Shawna Lucey directing, Joseph Marcheso & Andrew Whitfield conducting.
Sat Apr 14, Thu Apr 19 & Fri Apr 27 at 8pm
Sun Apr 15, Apr 22 & Apr 29 at 3pm
FREE Introduction to the Opera Talks by General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before every performance
All performances at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
SAN JOSE STATE OPERA THEATER www.sjsu.edu/music/ or 408-924-4673
Celebration of Enrico Caruso & Mario Lanza – Acclaimed tenors Pasquale Esposito (Italian Singer in SFO’s 2015 World Premiere of Two Women) and Joseph Frank (last seen at SFO as Emperor Altoum in 2011 Turandot) accompanied by the SJSU Symphony Orchestra and Choraliers in a special benefit concert to inaugurate the Joseph Frank Opera Excellence Endowment. Click here for more information and tickets.
Sat April 14 at 8pm, Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose
SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY OPERA http://communityopera.com/ or 408-250-3004
The Elixir of Love (Donizetti) – Nemorino (tenor Christopher Bengochea, OSJ 2005-08) is in love with Adina (soprano Keiko Kagawa) and both duped and abetted in his courtship by Sgt. Belcore (baritone Michael Taylor) and Dr. Dulcamara (baritone Krassen Karagiozov, OSJ 2008-12). Click here for more information and tickets.
Sun Apr 15 at 3pm, Historic Hoover Theatre (near Rose Garden), 1635 Park Ave, San Jose
HANDEL OPERA PROJECT http://thehandeloperaproject.webs.com/events
Serse (Handel) – Set in 480 BC and very loosely based on the story of Xerxes I of Persia who fell in love with his brother’s wife. Click here for more information and tickets.
Sun Apr 15 at 7pm, Christian Science Organization Building, 2601 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
SING FOR AMERICA www.singforamerica.org
SFA in Love – Fundraising concert for local arts organizations featuring music from a wide selection of genres performed to beautiful orchestrations by exceptional artists including special guests Michael Dailey (OSJ 2008-12), Niki Harris, Ben Jones, and some of your favorite SFO chorus soloists. Click here for more information and tickets.
Sun Apr 15 at 7pm, Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY www.sfsymphony.org or 415-864-6000
French Greats: Debussy & Ravel – Program includes mezzo Susan Graham (Merola 1987) performing Ravel’s mesmerizing Shéhérazade; Yan Pascal Tortelier conducting.
Thu Apr 19, Fri Apr 20 & Sat Apr 21 at 8pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
OPERA CULTURA www.operacultura.org or 415-845-7216
Bless Me Ultima (Armienta) – West Coast Premiere of opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s 1972 novel, considered one of the best in Chicano literature, about a young boy discovering himself and his family under the guidance and protection of the curandera (shaman) who brought him into the world. Click here for more information and tickets.
Fri Apr 20 & Sat 21 at 7:30pm, Sun Apr 22 at 2pm at Mexican Heritage Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose
APOLLO’S FIRE presented by CAL PERFORMANCES and GREEN MUSIC CENTER AT SONOMA STATE
L’Orfeo (Monteverdi) – Semi-staged production of Baroque opera following the mythic Orpheus on his tragic mission, performed on period instruments with Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayman as Orfeo and soprano Erica Schuller as Euridice; Jeannette Sorrell conducting from the harpsichord.
Fri Apr 20 at 8pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus (click here for more information and tickets)
Sun Apr 22 at 3pm, Weill Hall, Sonoma State campus (click here for more information and tickets)
TOWNSEND OPERA www.townsendopera.com or 209-523-6426
Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Beloved story of the tumultuous romance between a callous American naval officer and a naive young geisha who steadfastly faces abandonment, heartbreak, and tragedy. Cast features soprano Ashley Bell as the eponymous Cio-Cio-San, mezzo Linda Baird as her maid Suzuki, tenor Christopher Bengochea (OSJ 2005-08) as Lieutenant Pinkerton, and baritone Roy Stevens as the U.S. consul Sharpless; Ryan Murray conducting.
Fri Apr 27 at 7:30pm & Sun Apr 29 at 2pm
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St, Modesto
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-373-6800
Three Decembers (Heggie) – Two-act chamber opera based on an unpublished play by Terrence McNally (Master Class) with libretto by Gene Scheer (Thérèse Raquin, Moby-Dick, Cold Mountain) telling the story of a famous actress and her two adult children as they struggle to know and love each other. Cast features mezzo Frederica von Stade as Maddie (a role created for her), soprano Kristin Clayton (Adler 1994-96) as Beatrice, and Shea Owens as Charlie.
Sat Apr 28 at 7:30pm & Sun Apr 29 at 2pm, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore
Closing Night Gala Benefit Dinner with Flicka & Cast of Three Decembers – click here for information and tickets
Sun Apr 29 at 5pm, Veterans Memorial Hall, 522 So L St, Livermore