Ciao, Opera Mavens. You’ve got an extra day this year to enjoy everything the Bay Area has to offer!
VALLEJO COMMUNITY ARTS FOUNDATION vallejoarts.org or 707-552-2400
Three Tenors! The Next Generation – In the tradition of the popular Three Tenors concerts that packed stadiums with music-lovers a few years ago, this concert of romantic Italian opera arias and sensuous Neapolitan songs is performed by three of today’s most promising young tenors: Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13), Christopher Oglesby (Adler 2019-20) and Pene Pati (Adler 2016-17); Thomas Conlin conducting. Tickets: $70-200, available through empresstheatre.org
Sat Feb 1 at 7:30pm, Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St, Vallejo
LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797
Princess Ida (Gilbert & Sullivan) – Originally written as a satire on feminism, women’s education, and Darwinian evolution, our version reflects more modern views and an election year with women running for president!
Sat Feb 1 at 2pm & 8pm, Sun Feb 2 at 2pm, Yerba Buena Center for Arts, 700 Howard St, SF
Sat Feb 9 at 2pm & 8pm, Sun Feb 9 at 2pm, Lesher Center for Arts, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Sat Feb 22 at 2pm & 8pm, Sun Feb 23 at 2pm, Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View
MICHAEL MORAN PRESENTS 510-967-5476
Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) – Beloved comic opera presented in partnership with Verismo Opera; piano & chamber orchestra, Michael Moran conducting. Tickets for Vallejo venue available at the theater; Roseville & Alameda tickets available through eventbrite.com.
Sun Feb 2 &16 at 3pm, Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo
Sat Feb 8 at 7:30pm, Tower Theater, 417 Vernon St, Roseville
Sun Feb 9 at 3pm, Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA philharmonia.org or 415-252-1288
The Well-Caffeinated Clavier – Imagine being in a Leipzig coffeehouse watching J.S.Bach perform his Coffee Cantata while enjoying your favorite latte; PBO pairs this lighthearted vocal work performed by soprano Nola Richardson, tenor James Reese, and bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum (Merola 2016, 2017) with some of Bach’s grandest instrumental music; Richard Egarr conducts from the harpsichord.
Fri Feb 7 at 8pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Sat Feb 8 at 8pm & Sun Bef 9 at 4pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Wed Feb 12 at 7:30 pm, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University Campus
LIEDER ALIVE! liederalive.org or 415-561-0100
Winter Journey Gala Benefit – Mezzo Kindra Scharich and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur with special guests the Alexander String Quartet perform selections from Schubert’s Winterreise and Brahms’s Quintet in F minor. Tickets: $75, available through eventbrite.com
Sun Feb 9 at 5pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco
WEST BAY OPERA wbopera.org or 650-424-9999
Macbeth (Verdi) – Based on Shakespeare’s play, this revised version (sung in Italian) features baritone Krassen Karagiozov (OSJ 2008-12) in the title role, soprano Christina Major as Lady Macbeth, bass-baritone Ben Brady as Banco, and tenor Dane Suarez (OSJ 2017-19) as Macduff; José Luis Moscovich conducting.
Fri Feb 14 & Sat 22 at 8pm, Sun Feb 16 & 23 at 2pm, Lucie Stern Theatre,1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Free preview with piano: Thu Feb 6 at 8pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Post-show cast discussion: Sun Feb 16
OPERA SAN JOSE operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Il trovatore (Verdi) – Iconic opera featuring soprano Kerriann Otaño as Leonora, tenor Mackenzie Gotcher (Alex Boyer on Feb 16) as her secret lover Manrico, baritones SeungHyeon Baek and Eugene Brancoveanu as his rival Count di Luna, and mezzo Daryl Freedman as the tormented gypsy Azucena who knows the secret that controls their destinies; Joseph Marcheso and Christopher James Ray conducting.
Sat Feb 15, Thu Feb 20, Fri Feb 28 at 8pm; Sun Feb 16 & 23, Mar 1 at 3pm
FREE 60-minute Introduction to the Opera Talks by Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before each performance
All performances at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
OPERA PARALLELE operaparallele.org or 415-503-6279
Bon Appétit! (Hoiby) – One-act opera starring mezzo Catherine Cook (Adler 1991-92) as culinary icon Julia Child; the evening features a multi-course seasonal dinner with musical accompaniment by Taylor See and pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi, and ends with Julia creating her classic Le Gâteau au Chocolat Léminence Brune which is then served to all as dessert. Tickets: $300, proceeds benefit Opera Parallèle.
Sun Feb 16 at 5pm & Mon Feb 17 at 6pm, Hayes Street Grill, 320 Hayes St, San Francisco
LYRIC THEATRE lyrictheatre.org or 408-986-1455
The Sorcerer (Gilbert & Sullivan) – Gilbert & Sullivan’s first surviving full length work; a young man hires a sorcerer to brew a love potion for his village, but the pairings are not quite what anyone expected!
Sat Feb 22 & Fri Feb 28 at 8pm; Sun Feb 23, Sat Feb 29 & Sun Mar 1 at 2pm
FREE pre-performance talks begin one hour before curtain of each performance
San Jose City College Theater, 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
HUMANITIES WEST humanitieswest.net
Etruscans at the Opera: Highlights from The Rape of Lucretia (Britten) – Tradition holds that the rape of the Roman noblewoman Lucretia (mezzo Chantal Grybas) by the Etruscan Prince Tarquinius (baritone Eugene Brancoveanu, Adler 2005-06) sparked the overthrow of the Roman monarchy and the birth of the Republic; this eloquent chamber opera, introduced by SFO dramaturg Kip Cranna, tells the story in music of haunting beauty. Part of a two-day program on Etruscan Italy: Life and Afterlife; tickets available through cityboxoffice.com
Fri Feb 28 at 7:30 pm, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco