Ciao, Opera Mavens! Fall back into holiday mode with these festive offerings.
ARS MINERVA arsminerva.org
Ifigenia in Aulide (Porta) – Modern World Premiere of opera that was composed in 1738 for the Carnival of Munich but despite the beauty of its music has not been played since its creation. Inspired by the Euripides play, it tells the story of the sacrifice & death of of Iphigenia, daughter of King Agamemnon, to the goddess Diana so that the Greek army could sail to Troy. Cast includes Aura Veruni as Ifigenia, Nikola Printz as Agamennone, Shawnette Sulker as Clitennestra, and Céline Ricci as Achille; Derek Tam conducting. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Abridged Concert Version Nov 9 at 8pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Semi-Staged Performances Nov 30 & Dec 1 at 7:30pm, ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Poulenc) – This farce in the form of a comic opera touches on issues surrounding gender equality, economics, culture, and war; featuring over-the-top characters matched with a post-war sensibility, this production by SFCM students will turn heads and teach lessons. FREE but reservations recommended.
Thu Nov 15 & Fri Nov 16 at 7:30pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
SACRAMENTO PHILHARMONIC AND OPERA sacphilopera.org or 916-594-7333
Opera Favorites – Love duets and scenes from Madame Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Otello, and Un ballo in maschera performed by soprano Toni Marie Palmertree (Adler 2016-17) and tenor Dimitri Pittas (Michele in SFO’s Two Women); program includes excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Christoph Campestrini conducting.
Sat Nov 17 at 8pm, Sacramento Community Center Theatre, 1301 L St, Sacramento
REDWOOD SYMPHONY redwoodsymphony.org or 650-366-6872
Song of the Earth (Mahler) – Mezzo Kindra Scharich and tenor David Gustafson perform songs from Chinese poetry about the brevity and sweetness of life; program also includes Haydn’s “Drumroll” Symphony No.103. Tickets $30 Adults, $25 Seniors, Children (under 18) FREE; includes pre-concert lecture at 7pm.
Nov 17 at 8pm, Canada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City
OPERA ON TAP operaontap.org/san-francisco
Midnight in Paris – Explore the romance and light of French composers and their music with OOT’s Managing Diva Adina Dorband. Vive la France!!! Vive la Opera!!! FREE performance with $8 bar minimum.
Sun Nov 18 at 7pm, Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St, San Francisco
OPERA SAN JOSE operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) – Classic tale of a traveling commedia dell’arte troupe in which life mirrors art and comedy turns to tragedy. Featuring company debuts by soprano Maria Natale as Nedda, tenor Cooper Nolan as Canio, baritones Emmett O’Hanlon as Silvio and Anthony Clark Evans as Tonio, and OSJ resident tenor Mason Gates as Beppe; Christian Reif conducting.
FREE 60-minute Introduction to the Opera Talks by OSJ General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before each performance.
Sat Nov 17, Tue Nov 20, Fri Nov 30 at 8pm; Sun Nov 18 & 25, Dec 2 at 3pm
All performances at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
It’s a Wonderful Life (Heggie) – A man stands on a snowy bridge at Christmas and contemplates his end; an angel training for her wings hears his plea and journeys through his memories to save his soul. Based on Frank Capra’s beloved film, this timeless story of second chances debuts just in time for the holiday season. Starring tenor William Burden (Merola 1991) as George Bailey, sopranos Golda Schultz (Kearston Piper Brown on 12/9) as the angel Clara and Andriana Chuchman as Mary Hatch, and baritone Rod Gilfry as Mr. Potter; Patrick Summers (Merola 1986, 1987) conducting.
SFO Dramaturg Kip Cranna interviews composer Jake Heggie and/or librettist Gene Scheer beginning one hour prior to curtain before every performance.
Sat Nov 17, Tue Nov 20, Sat Nov 24*, Thu Nov 29*, Sat Dec 1*#,Tue Dec 4, Fri Dec 7 at 7:30pm;
Sun Nov 25*# & Dec 9* at 2pm
* OperaVision HD video projection screens featured in Balcony level for this performance
# On these dates, the curtain will be open during intermission while SFO staff member narrates live set changeover
All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
SFO Chorus Concert – Chorus Director Ian Robertson leads the singers in a diverse program of a capella choral music and accompanied works with instrumental support from Associate Chorus master Fabrizio Corona and members of the SFO Orchestra. Tickets $35.
Fri Nov 30 at 7:30pm, Taube Atrium Theater, Wilsey Center, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Noontime Concert – In their first collaboration with Noontime Concerts (celebrating their 30th Anniversary) the SFO Chorus will perform a shortened version of their November 30th concert including works by Dvořák, Handel, and Wagner under the direction of Ian Robertson with Fabrizio Corona at the piano. *FREE*
Tue Dec 4 at 12:30pm, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St, San Francisco