Ciao, Opera Mavens. Independence Day is coming, feel free to partake of these special seasonal events!

MUSICIANS OF THE SFO ORCHESTRA  www.aacinitiative.org
Wagner Takes the “A” Train – An evening of music and conversation featuring jazz works by composer & pianist Valerie Capers and bassist John Robinson III based on The Ring of the Nibelung; SFO dramaturg Kip Cranna moderates the discussion. Tickets $25 General Admission, available through brownpapertickets.com
Sat Jun 30 at 7:30pm, SF Conservatory of Music Recital Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco

LIEDER ALIVE!  http://liederalive.org/new/ or 415-561-0100
Neue Lieder (Anno Schreier) – American Premiere of joint commission with Deutsche Oper Berlin, plus Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte and five Schubert lieder performed by mezzo Kindra Scharich and pianist John Parr. Tickets $20-75, available through eventbrite.com
Sun Jul 1 at 5pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco

MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM SUMMER FESTIVAL  www.merola.org or 415-565-6492
Note: All tickets (except for Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University) sold through SFO Box Office (415-864-3330)

Schwabacher Summer Concert – Some of opera’s greatest moments come to life in staged scenes from Vanessa, Il tabarro, Don Giovanni, and Les pêcheurs de perles; directed by Aria Umezawa (Merola 2016) and accompanied by full orchestra conducted by Kathleen Kelly (Merola 1991 & 1992).
Thu Jul 5 at 7:30pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St, SF – Performance SOLD OUT
Sat Jul 7 at 7:30pm, Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St, Stanford University – Tickets available through Stanford Live

Il re pastore
(Mozart) – Which is stronger, love or power? To reclaim his lost throne, a young shepherd must renounce his true love; directed by Tara Faircloth (Merola 2006) with Stephen Stubbs conducting this exquisite early work.
Thu Jul 19 at 7:30 pm & Sat Jul 21 at 2pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St, SF

The Rake’s Progress
(Stravinsky) – Love and innocence give way to power and madness when Tom Rakewell makes a devil’s bargain with Nick Shadow, leaves his simple country life & fiancée Anne Trulove for the temptations of London, and finds he has lost more than he has won; directed by Robin Guarino with Mark Morash (Merola 1987) conducting.
Thu Aug 2 at 7:30pm & Sat Aug 4 at 2pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St, SF

Merola Grand Finale & Reception
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– Triumphant end to the season featuring 29 young artists in exciting arias and ensembles, directed by Marcus Shields (Merola 2018) with Dean Williamson conducting.
Sat Aug18 at 7:30pm, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Following the performance, join the artists’ celebration in the Veterans Building Green Room.
* Separate tickets required for reception *

MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL  www.mendocinomusic.org or 707-937-2044
Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa) – Comic opera featuring local favorites Shawnette Sulker, Tonia D’Amelia, Sylvie Jensen, Michael Desnoyers, Ben Brady, and Bojan Knezevic (Adler 1995); Lucik Aprahamian conducting. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm by director Erin Neff.
Fri Jul 13 at 7:30pm, Tent Concert Hall, 45035 Main St, Mendocino

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PENINSULA CHAPTER
https://sfopera.com/Opera-Guild/social-events/chapter-events/peninsula-chapter-event/
An Afternoon with Mezzo Megan Grey (Merola 2018) – Accompanied by a fellow Merolini in a special recital followed by gala reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres in a garden-like setting. Reservations required by July 11th; for more information contact Judy Kahn at 650-948-8881 or judith.kahn@comcast.net.
Sun Jul 15 at 2pm, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St, Palo Alto

LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA  www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-373-6800
Opera in the Vineyard – Singers Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06), Molly Hill, Erin O’Meally, and Dane Suarez with pianist Alexander Katsman (Merola 1999 & 2000) perform from the stage under hundred-year-old oak trees surrounded by lovely vineyards. Bring your own picnic but no outside wine (please purchase through the tasting room). Tickets available here or at the event.
Sun Jul 15 at 5:30pm, Retzlaff Vineyards Winery, 1356 So Livermore, Livermore

SOLO OPERA  www.soloopera.org
Opera in the Park – Bring the entire family, a blanket, and picnic lunch to enjoy a FREE concert of opera arias, duets, and ensembles performed by Ben Brady, Stephen Cannon, Liisa Davila, Bradley Kynard, Michael Orlinsky, Leandra Ramm, Deborah Rosengaus, and Diane Squires accompanied by pianist Chun Mei Wilson.
Sun Jul 22 at 5pm, Orinda Community Park, 28 Orinda Way, Orinda

OPERA SAN JOSE  www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Redwood City Classical Music Series – OSJ artists present a FREE concert featuring selections from the 2018-19 season (Abduction from the Seraglio, Pagliacci, Moby-Dick, Madame Butterfly).
Sun Jul 22 at 6 pm, Courthouse Square, Redwood City

Enjoy!