1908 poster for Aida at the Hippodrome Opera Company of Cleveland, Ohio

Ciao, Opera Mavens. We’re getting an early jump on next month’s offerings!

VERISMO OPERA  verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508
Aida (Verdi) – Set in ancient Egypt, this timeless story of love and betrayal against the backdrop of war is a roller coaster of emotions and one of the composer’s most popular operas. Performed by rotating casts with chamber orchestra; Michael Moran conducting.
Sun Feb 24, Mar 3, Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24 & Mar 31 at 3pm
All performances at Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave, Vallejo

Opera Scenes Concert – Fri Mar 1 at 8pm; FREE, no reservation required
Liederabend Recital – Fri Mar 8 at 7:30pm; FREE, no reservation required
Historical Performance: Tamerlano (Handel) – Sat Mar 9 at 7pm & Sun Mar 10 at 2pm; FREE, reservations recommended
Faculty Artist Series: Soprano Deborah Voigt – Mon Mar 11 at 7:30pm; FREE, reservations recommended
All performances in SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY  sfsymphony.org or 415-864-6000
SFS Youth Orchestra Plays Mozart & Debussy – Selections from Le nozze di Figaro sung by members of the SFO Adler Program. Also on the program are Debussy’s Ibéria and Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2; Christian Reif conducting.
Sun Mar 3 at 2pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

J.S. Bach’s Saint John Passion – The closest the composer ever came to writing an opera; the story of the Crucifixion unfolds in an epic arc of majestic choral narrative unrivaled in sacred music. Performed by the SF Symphony Chorus, an acclaimed cast of soloists (including several familiar faces from the SFO Chorus), and Baroque ensemble Voices of Music; Ragnar Bohlin conducting.
Sat Mar 30 at 8pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

ISLAND CITY OPERA  islandcityopera.org or 510-263-8060
La Rondine (Puccini) – Comic operetta starring soprano Eileen Meredith as Magda di Civry (the eponymous “Swallow”) and tenor Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13) as her lover Ruggero. Fully staged and performed with complete orchestra led by music director Jonathan Khuner.
Fri Mar 8 & 15 at 7:30pm, Sun Mar 10 & 17 at 2pm
Anchor Society Lectures held one hour prior to curtain
All performances at Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda

PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA  philharmonia.org or 415-252-1288
Handel, Purcell, Pärt, Shaw & More – Mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter performs arias & duets from Handel’s Partenope, Semele, and Solomon with countertenor Daniel Moody. Also on the program are Arvo Pärt’s devotionals, Caroline Shaw’s PBO commissions, and Purcell’s Suite from The Fairy Queen; Nicholas McGegan conducting.
Wed Mar 6 at 7:30pm, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University campus
Fri Mar 8 at 8pm, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Sat Mar 9 at 8pm & Sun Mar 10 at 4pm, First Congregational Church, Berkeley

MONDAVI CENTER AT UC DAVIS  mondavi.ucdavis.edu or 530-754-2787
Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens in Concert – The acclaimed tenor and bass-baritone reprise their performance of arias and duets by Bizet, Mozart, and Verdi alongside American songs and spirituals.
Mon Mar 11 at 7pm, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus

LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA  livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-373-6800
Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Classic Italian opera based on Beaumarchais’s French comedy. The clever barber Figaro (baritone Alex DeSocio, Merola 2013 & 2015) assists the noble Count Almaviva (tenor Thomas Glenn, Adler 2004-05)) in winning the hand of his beloved Rosina (soprano Shirin Eskandani, Merola 2014) by outwitting her lecherous guardian Doctor Bartolo (bass-baritone Peter Strummer).
Sat Mar 9 & 16 at 7:30pm, Sun Mar 10 & 17 at 2pm
All performances at Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore

CAL PERFORMANCES  calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510-642-9988
Dreamers (Jimmy López) – World Premiere of new oratorio with libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz, informed by interactions with Bay Area and campus immigrant communities, featuring soprano Ana María Martínez (Elizabeth in SFO’s 2016 Don Carlo & Donna Elvira in SFO’s 2017 Don Giovanni). Program also includes Stravinsky’s complete The Firebird; Esa-Pekka Salonen (SFS Music Director elect) conducts the London Philharmonia Orchestra.
Sun Mar 17 at 3pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus

POCKET OPERA  pocketopera.org or 415-972-8934
Two Widows (Smetana) – We return to Bohemia after last season’s triumphant Bartered Bride with the composer’s lesser-known gem. How can two widows be so completely different? Anezka (soprano Jaime Korkos) is sullen and moody, but for Karolina (soprano Lindsay Roush) widowhood is most becoming. Whose life will get turned upside down by the romantic tenor Ladislaus (Justin Brunette)? Music Director Frank Johnson conducting.
Sun Mar 24 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun Mar 31 at 2pm, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco

OPERA PARALLELE operaparallele.org or 415-503-6279
Today It Rains (Kaminsky) – World Premiere of chamber opera with libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed about an important new beginning in the life of Georgia O’Keeffe. The 90-minute work features mezzo Blythe Gaissert (Merola 2006) as Georgia O’Keeffe, baritone Daniel Belcher as Alfred Stieglitz, soprano Marnie Breckinridge as Beck, and tenor Nathan Granner as Aubrey; stage direction by Brian Staufenbiel, Nicole Paiement conducting.
Thu Mar 28, Fri Mar 29 & Sat Mar 30 at 7:30pm, Sun Mar 3 at 2pm
All performances at Z Space, 450 Florida St, San Francisco

Georgia and the Rebels – As part of the celebrations surrounding the world premiere of Today It Rains, OP will host a series of events featuring some of the Bay Area’s “Creative Rebels” to learn about O’Keeffe’s influence on contemporary female artists. Click here for details.