Ciao, Opera Mavens. The hits just keep on coming this season!
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-373-6800
Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart) – Another Abduction production, this one directed by Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06)! Features sopranos Alexandra Batsios & Elena Galván as Konstanze & her maid Blonde, tenors David Walton & Michael Kuhn as the Spanish nobleman Belmonte & his servant Pedrillo, baritone Brancoveanu as the Pasha Selim, and bass Kevin Langan (Merola 1979, 1980) as his leering overseer Osmin; Alexander Katsman (Merola 1999, 2000) conducting.
Sat Sep 29 & Oct 6 at 7:30pm, Sun Sep 30 & Oct 7 at 2pm, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore
Opening Night Gala – The tradition continues at Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard, conveniently located at 39 S. Livermore Ave, on Sat Sep 29! Welcome reception at 4pm, three-course dinner paired with fine wines begins at 4:30pm followed by short walk to the Bankhead with dessert and coffee in the theater lobby; please contact Sonya for food restrictions or special seating arrangements. Tickets $95, available here; separate ticket required for the opera and can be on a different day if desired.
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Tosca (Puccini) – New production starring soprano Carmen Giannattasio in her title role debut, tenor Brian Jagde (Adler 2010-12) as her lover Cavaradossi, and baritone Scott Hendricks as the evil police chief Scarpia; directed by Shawna Lucey with Leo Hussain conducting.
Wed Oct 3, Thu Oct 11, Wed Oct 17, Sat Oct 20, Tue Oct 23, Fri Oct 26, Tue Oct 30* at 7:30pm; Sun Oct 7 &14 at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by USF Music Program Director Alexandra Amati begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance
Arabella (R.Strauss) – Set amid the society parlors and costume balls of Vienna’s golden age, this romantic comedy of errors is a touching tale about youth, mistaken identity, and love. SFO favorites sopranos Ellie Dehn (last season’s Manon) & Heidi Stober (last seen here as Norina in 2016 Don Pasquale) and baritone Brian Mulligan (Donner & Gunther in this summer’s Ring Cycle) return as the innocent Arabella, her sister Zdenka, and mysterious suitor Mandryka; Mark Albrecht conducting.
Tue Oct 16, Fri Oct 19, Tue Oct 23 & Sat Nov 3 at 7:30pm; Sun Oct 28 at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Corey Jamason (10/16, 10/24, 11/3), Kirsten Paige (10/19) or Heidi Waleson (10/28) begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance
MONDAVI CENTER AT UC DAVIS mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787
Rising Stars of Opera – SFO Adlers & Alumni Brian Jagde, David Lomeli, Daniel Montenegro, Amitai Pati, Kyle van Schoonhoven, Phillipe Sly & Brad Walker perform in concert with pianist Mark Morash & the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christian Baldini. FREE; reserve your tickets here.
Thu Oct 4 at 8pm, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus
OPERA PARALLELE operaparallele.org or 415-503-6279
In the Penal Colony (Glass) – Based on a story by Franz Kafka: set at the turn of the 20th century on a remote island, a high-ranking visitor arrives to witness the use of a strange machine in the execution of a prisoner. Featuring tenor Javier Abreu as The Visitor, baritone Robert Orth as The Officer, and actor Michael Mohammed as The Prisoner; produced in collaboration with Day & Nights Festival, directed by Brian Staufenbiel with Nicole Paiement conducting.
Fri Oct 5 at 7pm, Sun Oct 7 at 2pm & 7pm, Golden Bough Playhouse, Monte Verde St (btwn 8th and 9th Aves), Carmel
WEST BAY OPERA wbopera.org or 650-424-9999
La bohème (Puccini) – Updated production moves the action to San Francisco in contemporary times to highlight the plight of artists dealing with displacement & homelessness while trying to survive in America’s richest & most expensive city. With sopranos Julie Adams (Adler 2015-16) & Maya Kherani as Mimi & Musetta, tenor Nathan Granner as Rodolfo, baritones Jason Duika & Kiril Havezov as Marcello & Schaunard, and bass-baritone Brandon Bell as Colline; directed by Igor Vieira with José Luis Moscovich conducting.
Fri Oct 12 & Sat Oct 20 at 8pm, Sun Oct 14 & 21 at 2pm, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Free preview with piano: Thu Oct 4 at 8pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
OPERA SAN LUIS OBISPO operaslo.org or 805-756-4849
The Magic Flute (Mozart) – One of the most famous & familiar operas ever written, perfect for fans & family members of all ages! Production partners Opera SLO with Civic Ballet SLO & Ryan’s Studio-@ American Dance and features original sets & costumes. Presenting tenor Ben Gulley as Tamino, soprano Amy Goymerac as Pamina, baritone Johnathan McCullough as Papageno, bass Jason Sarten as Sarastro, and soprano Alba Franco-Cancèl as Queen of the Night; Brian Asher Alhadeff conducting. Sung in German (with English supertitles), spoken dialogue in English.
Sat Oct 13 & Sun Oct 14 at 2pm, Harman Hall, Cal Poly Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo
Pre-opera talk by Masonic Grand Master Stephen Doan one hour before curtain at both performances
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Evening of Opera Arias and Scenes – Performed by SFCM students directed by Jose Maria Condemi (Adler 2001-02). FREE but reservations recommended (click here).
Wed Oct 17 at 8pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
VERISMO OPERA verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508
Norma (Donizetti) – This bel canto masterpiece is a passionate tale of love and betrayal; torn apart by her passion for a man who no longer loves her, the druid priestess Norma struggles between adhering to honor and succumbing to revenge. Rotating casts perform fully staged production with chamber orchestra in an intimate setting. Tickets $30 General Admission, $20 Seniors & Student, Children under 12 years free.
Sat Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:30pm; Sun Oct 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 at 2pm
All performances at Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo
THE HANDEL OPERA PROJECT thehandeloperaproject.org
Vocal and Chamber Music by William Ludtke – Concert featuring Elizabeth Baker, Michael Jones, Bradley Kynard, Nanette McGuinness, and Paul Rhodes. FREE admission with suggested donation; all proceeds go toward Handel Opera Project’s future productions.
Sun Oct 28 at 2pm, Christian Science Organization Building, 2601 Durant Ave, Berkeley