Abraham in Flames – edited image courtesy of Niloufar Talebi Projects

Ciao, Opera Mavens. May is busting out all over with a plethora of opera-tunities!

Later the Same Evening (Musto / Campbell) – New chamber opera inspired by the figures in five paintings by American artist Edward Hopper: the entire story takes place one evening in Manhattan in 1932 as a young married couple attempts to avoid the encroaching estrangement in their marriage. Performed by SFCM Opera and Musical Theatre students under the direction of Heather Mathews; Curt Pajer conducting. FREE, but reservations recommended.
Thu May 2 & Fri May 3 at 7:30pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES  sfperformances.org or 415-392-2545
Deborah Voigt in Concert – The acclaimed soprano performs a program of American songs including works by Amy Beach, William Bolcom, and Leonard Bernsteinl accompanied by pianist Steven Bailey.
Thu May 2 at 7:30pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Memorial Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

OPERA MODESTO  operamodesto.org or 209-523-6426
Carmen (Bizet) – One of the most popular operas of all time, starring mezzo Nikola Printz as Carmen, soprano Liisa Davila as Michaela, tenor Christopher Bengochea (OSJ 2005-08) as Don Jose, and baritone Johnny Franca as Escamillo; Ryan Murray conducting.
Sat May 3 at 7:30pm & Sun May 5 at 2pm; FREE pre-show talk starts one hour before performance
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St, Modesto

LITTLE OPERA  littleopera.org
Season 8 Finale PerformancesSupport the future of our favorite art form! Kindergarten through Grade 6 students perform four short operas they have spent the last nine months creating from scratch; join them on a trip to origami land, meet a vegetable chorus, unravel a dark secret, and follow the adventures of a traveling snail. Tickets only $5-$10.
Sat May 4 & Sun May 5 at 2pm, Mon May 6 at 6pm, Creativity Theater, 221 4th St, San Francisco

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS  musicinthemountains.org
Opera in Concert: Carmen – Semi-staged performance featuring top vocal soloists, full orchestra, and Music in the Mountains Chorus; Ryan Murray conducting.
Tue May 7 at 7:30pm, Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St, Nevada City

Abraham in FlamesWorld Premiere of work inspired by Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou’s life and poetry, written for a girls chorus as its main character (Girl) who is tugged at by five adult soloists: Knowing (bass Kirk Eichelberger, OSJ 2001-03, 2005-06), Happiness (tenor Andrew Metzger), Angel (countertenor Ryan Belongie, Adler 2010-11), Poet (mezzo Renée Rapier, Adler 2012-13), and Fear (soprano Nikki Einfeld, Adler 2004-05). Featuring the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco and directed by Roy Rallo; Stefano Flavoni conducting.
Thu May 9, Fri May 10, Sat May 11 at 8pm & Sun May 14 at 4pm, Z Space, 450 Florida St, San Francisco

OAKLAND SYMPHONY  oaklandsymphony.org or 510-444-0801
West Side Story (Bernstein) This beloved revision of the Romeo and Juliet story is still hauntingly relevant today. Love blooms among a war of class, immigration, and urban evolution, and begs the question: can true love overcome bias? Starring Julie Adams (Adler 2015-16) as Maria, Bobby Conte Thornton as Tony, Eileen Meredith as Anita, and Ryan Bradford as Riff with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Chabot College Choir, and Pacific Boychoir Academy.
Fri May 10 at 8 pm, Paramount Theatre, Oakland

GOLDEN GATE SYMPHONY  goldengatesymphony.org or
Carmina Burana (Orff) – Popular cantata performed in its entirety by choruses from both sides of the Bay; featuring soloists Chelsea Hollow, William Wiggins, and Bradley Kynard; also on the program is the World Premiere of Tree of Life with music by Matthew Arnerich and poetry by Diane Frank.
Sun May 12 at 4pm, City Clock Tower, 1119 Washington St, Benicia
Mon May 13 at 7pm, Southern Pacific Brewing Company, 620 Treat Ave, San Francisco
Sat May 18 at 7pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Memorial Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco