Ciao, Opera Mavens. March has come in like a lion and spring opera season is off to a roaring start!
VERISMO OPERA www.verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508
Tosca (Puccini) – Love, lust, jealousy, deception, torture, murder, and suicide, all in one opera! Performed by rotating casts with chamber orchestra in an intimate setting; Jonathan Khuner & Michael Moran conducting.
Sat Mar 3, Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24, Mar 31 at 7:30pm
Sun Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25, Apr 1 at 2pm
Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo
BAY AREA RAINBOW SYMPHONY www.bars-sf.org
Tenth Anniversary Concert – Featuring soprano Patricia Racette (Adler 1989-90) revisiting her love of jazz and cabaret music with selections ranging from Jerome Kern to Edith Piaf; also on the program is Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 with SFO Orchestra’s Dawn Harms conducting. Tickets available through cityboxoffice.com
Sat Mar 3 at 8pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco.
OPERA CULTURA www.operacultura.org or 415-845-7216
Bless Me, Ultima (Armienta) – Sneak preview of new opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s epic novel, considered one of the best in Chicano literature. Featured performers include Alexandra Sessler, Pedro Ledesma, Nicholas McKee, and Paul Dab; the performance will be followed by a discussion with the audience led by composer Hector Armienta.
FREE; seating is limited, please register here
Sun Mar 4 at 2pm, Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
POCKET OPERA www.pocketopera.org or 415-972-8934
La Belle Helene (Offenbach) – Queen Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, is determined to make up for her lurid past and become a dutiful wife. But Venus has other plans — until Prince Paris comes along. Featuring the lively tunes of Jacques Offenbach, this opera bouffe is a Pocket Opera specialty (sung in English)!
Sun Mar 4 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun Mar 11 at 2pm, Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco
ISLAND CITY OPERA www.islandcityopera.org or 510-263-8060
La Sonnambula (Bellini) – Set in a sweet Tyrolean village, our heroine is discovered in the wrong man’s bed. How did she get there? Sleepwalking! Does she meet the usual grisly, Bellini-esque fate? Nope, in the end she gets the guy (though he’s not that great a catch)! Cast features soprano Aimee Puentes, tenor Sergio Gonzalez, and baritone Anders Froehlich; Jonathan Khuner conducting.
Wed Mar 7 (special preview), Fri Mar 9 & 16 at 7:30pm, Sun Mar 11 &18 at 2pm
Anchor Society Lectures held one hour prior to curtain
Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA www.sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
Schwabacher Recital Series – Hear gifted young singers in an intimate setting before they become world famous!
Die schöne Magelone (Brahms) – Soprano Felicia Moore, bass-baritone Christian Pursel, and pianist César Cañón
Wed Mar 7 at 7:30pm
Songs of Britten, Debussy, Mompou & Griffes – soprano Toni Marie Palmertree and pianist Mark Morash
Wed Mar 21 at 7:30pm
All performances at Taube Atrium Theater, 4th floor, Veterans Bldg, 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA www.livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-373-6800
Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) – A tragic love triangle, a sinister conspiracy, jealousy, betrayal, guilt, and forgiveness are woven together with lighter moments that provide some relief, in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedy. Cast includes soprano Sarah Cambidge (Adler 2018), tenor Christopher Bengochea (OSJ 2005-08), and baritone
Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06).
Sat Mar 10 & 17 at 7:30pm, Sun Oct 11 & 18 at 2pm
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore
OPERA ON THE SPOT www.operaonthespot.com
Old Bus Tavern Debut – Opera arias & scenes performed by young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers in brewhouse featuring American comfort food, craft beers & cocktails. Performance is FREE, no reservation needed.
Tue Mar 13 at 7pm, Old Bus Tavern, 3193 Mission St, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC www.sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Rodelinda (Handel) – Concert version of 1725 masterpiece performed by Baroque ensemble voice and instrumental students; Corey Jamason conducting. FREE, reservations required.
Sat Mar 10 at 7:30pm & Sun Mar 11 at 2pm
Opera Scenes – Performed by SFCM students under the direction of Curt Pajer and Jose Maria Condemi (Adler 2001-02). FREE, no reservations required.
Thu Mar 15 & Sat Mar 17 at 7:30pm
All performances at SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
LYRIC THEATRE www.lyrictheatre.org or 408-986-1455
Patience (Gilbert & Sullivan) – A bigger hit when it was first performed than HMS Pinafore or Pirates of Penzance, this satirical take on fads and the people who follow them for shallow reasons will be fully staged with orchestra.
Sat Mar 17, Fri Mar 23 & Sat Mar 24 at 8pm; Sun Mar 18 & 25 at 2pm
San Jose City College Theater, 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD https://sfopera.com/Opera-Guild/social-events/chapter-events/
Adler Fellows Concert – The East Bay Chapter presents a concert with four singers and pianist from the Adler Program accompanied by the Pacific Boychoir Academy Troubadors. Tickets: $50 ($25 tax-deductible); deadline for reservations is March 17. For more information, contact Silvia Lin at 925-838-9255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat Mar 24 at 3pm, 215 Ridgeway Ave, Oakland (parking in the school lot and on the street)
CAL PERFORMANCES www.calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510-642-9988
Julia Bullock in Concert – Versatile young soprano (recently seen as Dame Shirley in SFO’s Girls of the Golden West) performs a curated program mixing art song by Schubert, Barber, and Fauré with selections from the African-American jazz and blues traditions of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.
Sun Mar 25 at 3pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley campus
LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797
Iolanthe Singalong – Gilbert & Sullivan’s subversive political satire on how a government SHOULD be run. Lamplighter principals will perform the work in its entirety, bringing the orchestra on stage to join the party. With everything included but the scenery, the audience is invited to become the chorus and sing any & all parts! Costumes are encouraged; a brief contest with prizes will take place at intermission.
Sat Mar 24 at 7:30pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek (Tickets: 925-943-7469 or lesherartscenter.org)
Sun Mar 25 at 2pm, Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Bldg, SF (Tickets: 415-227-4797 or brownpapertickets.com)
Sun Apr 8 at 2pm, Mtn. View Center for Performing Arts (Tickets: 650-903-6000 or mvcpa.com)
SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES www.sfperformances.org or 415-392-2545
Lawrence Brownlee in Recital – Seen as Ernesto in SFO’s 2016 Don Pasquale, the tenor’s SFP debut explores a range of songs from Schumann’s beloved Dichterliebe cycle to the Bay Area premiere of a new work by rising composer Tyshawn Sorey.
Sat Mar 31 at 7:30pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco